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Research Interests: Experimental petrology

I am interested in understanding how terrestrial planets work and especially the role of melt in planetary interiors, from the scale of volcanic magma reservoirs to planetary-scale magma oceans. To do so, I perform measurements in the laboratory under pressure and temperature in order to probe the physical and chemical properties of partially molten rocks. The technique I use is based on experimental petrology, including phase-relationship experiments and the use of in situ and real-time techniques such as impedance spectroscopy (electrical conductivity measurements). In order to further the interpretation of both laboratory and field data, I also develop collaborations in the U.S. and Europe with researchers in geophysics, planetary sciences, geodynamics, and field petrology.

At Scripps Oceanography, I am developing a the Planetary Experimental Petrology Laboratory (PEPL).


  • Ph.D. (experimental petrology), Institut des Sciences de la Terre d'Orléans, CNRS- University of Orléans, France, 2009.
  • M.Sc. (mineral resources and lithospheric transfers), University of Orléans, France, 2006.
  • Engineer Degree (civil engineering, geology, environment, soil and fluid mechanics), Polytech' Orléans engineering school, France, 2006.
  • B.Sc. (volcanology), Polytech'Orléans, France - INGV Palermo, Italy, 2005.