Academic staff


Professor Head of the group Remote Sensing, Benthic Ecology and Ecotoxicology (RSBE2)

Contact details

Batiment ISOMer 2, rue de la Houssinière 44322 Nantes cedex 3

0251125656 (n° interne : 455656)

Taught academic discipline(s)

Plant Biology/Biologie Végétale (Licence), Remote-Sensing/Télédétection (Licence), Fonctionnement des Ecosystèmes/Ecosystem Functionning (Master), Solution d'adaptation fondées sur la Nature/Nature Based Solution (Master)

Research topics

 My main research interest is to estimate the contribution of tidal flats to the Blue Carbon using remote sensing. My expertise is the understanding of tidal flats vegetation and algae optical properties, in relation to their biology and ecophysiology. I mainly focus on the micro-algae communities inhabiting intertidal sediments, i.e. microphytobenthos. My expertise in radiometry is reinforced by skills in pigment analysis by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), taxonomy (mainly diatoms), and ecophysiology (PAM fluorometry and atmospheric CO2 fluxes by benthic chambers and Eddy-Covariance measurements). I develop in situ and laboratory algorithms to be applied to remote sensing images to map diversity, biomass and primary production at the ecosystem level.

Activities / Resume

Profile ResearchGate

45 articles, H factor: 22

Ongoing projects as PI:

- 2023-2027-REWRITE (REWilding and Restoration of InterTidal sediment Ecosystems for carbon sequestration, climate adaptation and biodiversity support) ; HORIZON-CL5-2022-D1-02-05.
- 2023-2027 - CarboNium - CarboN dynamic in the terrestrial- aquatic continuum ; PEPR FairCarboN (PIA4)
- 2021-2022 Sabbatical at University of California, Berkeley. Mapping coastal intertidal ecosystem primary production: coupling remote sensing and atmospheric eddy covariance. France-Berkeley Fund
- 2021-2023  Biofilm. Culture en biofilm et approche écophysiologique pour l’optimisation de la production lipidique de souches de diatomées benthiques ligériennes. Région Pays de la Loire.

2022 Publications:

- 2022 Brunier, G., Oiry, S., Lachaussée, N., Barillé, L., Le Fouest, V. & Méléder V. A machine learning approach to intertidal mudflat mapping combining multispectral reflectance and geomorphology from UAV-based monitoring. Remote Sensing, 14(22), 5857
- 2022 - Schweizer, M., Jauffrais, T., Choquel, C., Méléder, V., Quinchard, S. & Geslin, E. Trophic strategies of intertidal foraminifera explored with single-cell microbiome metabarcoding and morphological methods: what is on the menu? Ecology and Evolution
- 2022 – Reddin, C.J., Decottignies, P., Bacouillard, L., Barillé, L., Dubois, S.F., Echappé, C., Gernez, P., Jesus, B., Méléder, V., Nätscher, P., Turpin, V., Zwerschke, N., Brind’Amour, A. & Cognie, B. Extensive spatial impacts of oyster reefs on an intertidal mudflat community via predator facilitation. Communications biology, 5(1), 1-11
- 2022 - Thibault de Chanvalon, A., Geslin, E., Mojtahid, M., Méléder, V., Metais, I., Metzger, E. Multiscale analysis of living benthic foraminiferal heterogeneity (Loire estuary, France). Continental Shelf Research, 232, 104627.