Solange Duhamel

Solange Duhamel

Research Interest


I am an aquatic microbiologist and biogeochemist, specializing in the abundance, diversity and activity of aquatic microbes in the ocean, as well as in lakes, rivers, wetland ecosystems and extreme environments. I study the role of microorganisms as agents of biogeochemical transformations, and how microbes adapt to different environments and respond to stress. I am interested in the effects of climate and nutrient and energy availability on the distribution, growth and productivity of microplankton but also in the potential of life to adapt to extreme environments and the implications for astrobiology. I use experimental approaches to answer some of the most pressing questions in microbial ecophysiology and biogeochemistry. In particular, I develop and use new techniques to study microbial processes at the taxonomic group and single cell levels.


October 2011–August 2012: Devonshire Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), MA

January 2008–September 2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. David M. Karl Laboratory at the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), University of Hawaii, HI

2004–2007: Ph.D. in Marine Environmental Science, Aix-Marseille University, France

2002–2004: M.Sc. in Biological Oceanography and Marine Environmental Ecology, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI, France

1999–2002: B.Sc. in Organisms Biology, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI, France