EPHE Department Paleoclimatology  and Marine Paleoenvironments
        The EPHE laboratory "Paleoceanography and Marine Paleoenvironments" was founded in 1994 by Jean-Pierre Peypouquet. Since then the laboratory is a part of the Department of Geology and Oceanography, University Bordeaux 1, now called UMR EPOC. Jean-Pierre Peypouquet acted as head of the laboratory till his retirement in 2007. Maria Fernanda Sanchez Goñi, recruted as EPHE lecturer in 2000, became professsor and was appointed head of the laboratory in 2007. In 2009, the laboratory recruited a new lecturer, Stéphanie Desprat, and in 2011 Ludovic Devaux joined the team as technician. Between 2000 and 2017 fourteen postdoctoral investigators and temporary lecturers, two associated adjunct professors, six PhD students, and seventeen Master students conducted research at the laboratory (see History in this web page).
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Originally built on the desire to explore a variety of topics in paleoceanography, the laboratory has now a broader mission: to understand how the climate system works by applying and developing marine palynology. Marine palynology is the study of terrestrial climatic indicators (pollen and microcharcoal particles) preserved in marine sediments. This approach allows the establishment of a direct correlation, without any chronological ambiguity, between the response of the different Earth’s reservoirs of the climate system (continental and marine biospheres, hydrosphere, notably the oceans, and ice dynamics) to a given climate change. To highlight this new research interest the laboratory was renamed in 2007 "Paleoclimatology and Marine Paleoenvironments".

Our research has been mainly funded by French (CNRS-INSU, ANR) and international (ERC, ESF, NERC) programs.

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     Current research topics

Abrupt climate changes with particular attention to the timing and nature of vegetation response. Regions of interest: Europe including the Mediterranean basin, North America, South Africa, Peru and Gulf of Bengale.

Glacial – Interglacial climate variability: length, amplitude and variability of interglacials, and the mechanisms of deglaciation and glacial inception.

Climate changes and their impact on human populations in Europe and South Africa.

• Pollen morphometry.


Allée Geoffroy St Hilaire
Bâtiment NB18 CS 50023
33615 Pessac Cedex
Phone: +33 (0)5 40 00 83 84 (M.F. Sanchez Goni)