Native from Marseille in the sunny south coast of France, I have first been trained in the Department of Geology of Marseille to study marine carbonates, very well exposed in south-eastern France. Graduated with an MSc in Carbonate Sedimentology and Diagenesis in 2010, I carried out during my Master’s thesis “Origin of Upper Jurassic dolomite units exposed in the Nerthe-Etoile anticline (near Marseille, SE France): petrographic and diagenetic study”, a study on the architecture of dolomite bodies, their porosity evolution and application to potential reservoirs. During the two years following my graduation and thanks to collaboration of the Department of Geology of Marseille, TOTAL S.A. and CEA Cadarache, I could take part of different projects. First I made a “structural, sedimentological and diagenesis study of Cretaceous formations exposed in the Nerthe anticline (near Marseille)”. Second I established a porosity database through porosity measurements on plugs to identify the “petrophysic properties of ramp carbonates from outcrops located near CEA Cadarache (SE France)”. Finally my last project was a “structural mapping of Jurassic-Cretaceous deposits (Tithonian to Aptian) exposed in the Calanques Mountain (near Marseille, SE France)”.
I started my PhD project in September 2012 in Royal Holloway, supervised by Prof. Dan Bosence and Prof. Peter Burgess, in non-marine microbialite carbonates of the Purbeck Formation (Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous) exposed in Dorset (Southern England).