I am a maître de conférences at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France and a researcher at Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique [permanent position since september 2010].

My research domain lies in between astrophysics and geophysical fluid dynamics. I am interested in how the most prominent atmospheric manifestations, witnessed at the planetary scale by telescopes and orbiting spacecraft, arise from smaller-scale atmospheric phenomena: turbulence, waves and instabilities. I work on various planetary atmospheres in the Solar System: from telluric planets (Mars, Venus) to giant planets (Saturn, Jupiter).

I pursue this research goal by creating innovative climate computer models, used as both predictive and interpretative tools to complement the spacecraft exploration of planetary atmospheres to which I also participate. Since 2007, I have led the development of a mesoscale/LES model for Mars, and a similar effort for Venus has started in 2015. I have also been supervising the development of a high-resolution GCM for Saturn and Jupiter since 2012.

Aside from research, I teach general physics, climate science, planetary science (undergraduate and master studies). I also develop software tools, which includes the online interface for the Mars Climate Database, and planetoplot, a Python-based tool to explore and plot data in netCDF files.

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