I'm a CNRS researcher in the planetary science team at Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique.
My current research concerns Titan and Venus atmospheres. I develop general circulation models, especially photochemical aspects, and couplings. Our goal is to build Global Climate Models, useful tools for the interpretation of space missions' data.
I am involved in the Venus-Express mission (VIRTIS et SPICAV instruments).
I have also done some work on Mars atmosphere, especially studying ozone distribution with data from the SPICAM instrument on-board Mars-Express.

Curriculum Vitae
  • 1991-1994: Student at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, where I got a Master degree in physics. In 1994, I also passed the "Agregation of physics".
  • 1997-2000: PhD in planetary sciences at the 'Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements' (CNRS/Univ. Toulouse III, France).
  • 2000-2002: Research associate at NASA Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, California, United States), supervised by Dr. Christopher P. McKay. This post-doc was an award from the National Research Council.
  • 2002-2004: Postdoctoral position (award from the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) at LMD, supervised by Dr. Francois Forget.
  • I have my current CNRS position since 10/2004.
  • Between 07/2011 and 07/2012, I spent one year at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in the PCMDI team, to study Venus atmosphere using an adapted version of the CAM GCM.

sebastien.lebonnois @ lmd.jussieu.fr
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