Department / group: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
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Research interests:

I am interested in the relationship between coccolithophores (haptophytes secreting calcium carbonate plates around their cell) and their environment, notably through paleoceanographic/paleoclimatic reconstructions. I thus use a multi-proxy / multi-disciplinary approach (micropaleontology, organic geochemistry, sedimentology, biostratigraphy, etc.) in Mesozoic and Cenozoic marine sediments. My studies aim to quantify nannofossil assemblages in order to better characterize the ecological preferences of these algae during the past and to understand the global evolutionary patterns that can be linked to environmental changes. In parallel, I use lipid biomarkers as paleoceanographic proxies.

In addition, I intend to better constrain the use of alkenones as paleoenvironmental proxies. My PhD work aimed to identify the marine coccolithophore species responsible for the production of alkenones during the Cenozoic, in order to better constrain the use of these long-chain unsaturated ketones in sea-surface temperature and pCO2 reconstructions. I am now studying alkenone composition and alkenone producers in Canadian lakes in order to develop a temperature calibration for paleoclimate reconstructions in continental settings.

Career history:

Present: ALKENoNE Research Associate (Geography), University of Glasgow

Jan 2014–Feb 2015: Teaching and research assistant (ATER), Université de Caen Basse-Normandie · Département des Sciences de la Terre

France · Caen

Sep 2012–Aug 2013: Teaching and research assistant (ATER) Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon · Département des Sciences de la Terre (Géologie) · Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon (LGL-TPE)

France · Lyon

Sep 2009–Mar 2013: PhD, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 · Département des sciences de la terre · Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon-TPE

France · Villeurbanne

Active research projects:

Not available

Recent publications:

Plancq, J., Mattioli, E., Pittet, B., Baudin, F., Duarte, L.V., Boussaha, M., and Grossi, V. (2016) A calcareous nannofossil and organic geochemical study of marine palaeoenvironmental changes across the Sinemurian/Pliensbachian (early Jurassic, ~191Ma) in Portugal. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 449, pp. 1-12. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.02.009)

Plancq, J., Grossi, V., Pittet, B., Huguet, C., Rosell-Melé, A., and Mattioli, E. (2015) Multi-proxy constraints on sapropel formation during the late Pliocene of central Mediterranean (southwest Sicily). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 420, pp. 30-44. (doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.03.031)

Plancq, J., Mattioli, E., Pittet, B., Simon, L., and Grossi, V. (2014) Productivity and sea-surface temperature changes recorded during the late Eocene–early Oligocene at DSDP Site 511 (South Atlantic). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 407, pp. 34-44. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.04.016)

Plancq, J., Mattioli, E., Henderiks, J., and Grossi, V. (2013) Global shifts in Noelaerhabdaceae assemblages during the late Oligocene–early Miocene. Marine Micropaleontology, 103, pp. 40-50. (doi:10.1016/j.marmicro.2013.07.004)

Plancq, J., Grossi, V., Henderiks, J., Simon, L., and Mattioli, E. (2012) Alkenone producers during late Oligocene-early Miocene revisited. Paleoceanography, 27(1), PA1202. (doi:10.1029/2011PA002164)