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Soil Science Research Unit


Research scientist
+33 (0)2 38 41 80 32

Research scientist – Soil Science
UR0272 (Unité de Recherche en Science du Sol)
INRA - Centre Val de Loire - Site d'Orléans
2163 avenue de la pomme de pin - CS 40001 Ardon
45075 ORLEANS Cedex 2 - FRANCE
Tel : +33 (0)2 38 41 80 32
Fax : +33 (0)2 38 41 78 69

Research themes

  • Modelling of soil structure dynamics.
  • Relation between soil structure and functioning (N2O emissions, water flows).

Fields of expertise

  • Quantitative characterisation of soil structure - 3D imaging (X-ray tomography).
  • Spatial variability of sol properties from local to national scale – Digital Soil Mapping, data mining, geostatistics.
  • Soil description.
  • Soil dynamics modelling (soil organic carbon stocks, water and tillage erosion, soil structure).

Professional experience

  • 2014-...: Junior Scientist, Research Unit: UR 0272 Science du Sol (INRA, France). Soil structure evolution modelling.
  • Janvier – décembre 2013: Post-doctoral position, Service Unit: US INFOSOL (INRA, France). Digital soil mapping of soil organic carbon stocks in France.
  • mars - juin 2011: Scientific mission at the Australian Centre for Precision Agriculture (University of Sydney). Collaboration with A. McBratney and B. Minasny, High resolution 3D mapping of soil organic carbon stocks at the landscape scale.
  • 2009-2012:  PhD thesis, Research Unit: UMR 1069 SAS (INRA, France). Supervisors: C. Walter, D. Michot, V. Viaud. Soil evolution at the landscape scale under climate and land use change.


  • 2009-2012: PhD thesis in Environmental Science (Agrocampus-Ouest, Rennes, France).
  • 2006-2009: Master’s degree in agronomy (2006-2009: Bordeaux Sciences Agro, National Engineering School of Agronomy, Bordeaux, France).

Shared responsibilities


  • OSUC-University of Orléans: Master degree Hydrosystems and Environment (Hydrology module). Soil structure and microstructure.
  • Agrocampus-Ouest: Engineering students. Soil physics,Soil description.
  • OSUR-University of Rennes. Master degree H3 (Hydrogeology ~ Hydrobiogeochemistry ~ Hydropedology), Professional Licence PARTAGER, e-learning ENVAM. Soil Science, Soil Physics, Geophysics applied to Soil Science.


  • Regional collaborations: ISTO (University of Orléans), PRISME (University of Orléans), MAPMO (University of Orléans).
  • Collaborations with INRA units: US InfoSol (Orléans), UMR EMMAH (Avignon), UMR ECOSYS (Grignon), ORE ACBB (Lusignan).
  • National collaborations: AgroParisTech.
  • International collaborations: ETH (Zurich, Switzerland).

Research Programs


  • SoilMicro3D(ANR, 2015-2019). Emergent properties of soil microbial functions: Upscaling from 3D modelling and spatial descriptors of pore scale heterogeneity.
  • Acoustisol(Scientific Challenge INRA, 2015). Acoustic emissions and soil structure evolution.
  • GlobalSoilMap. New Digital Soil Map of the World (


  • Neutron Imaging for Soils(LLB, CEA Saclay, 2014-2015).
  • LANDSOIL(ANR, 2009-2012). Landscape structure and soil evolution in a global change context.