Sakina-Dorothée Ayata's personal web page

Former student at the École Normale Supérieure (alumni Bio2002)
Doctor in biological oceanography (UPMC 2010)
Associate Professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie-UPMC (since sept. 2012)

FrFrench version


Present situation

Since september 2012, I work at the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche sur mer (LOV) as Associate Professor (Maitre de Conference) of the UPMC.

Since september 2010, I was Post-doctorate researcher for the Nautilus project (18-month post-doc funded by INRIA). My working laboratory was the LOCEAN (Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat - Expérimentation et Analyse Numérique). I worked with Marina Lévy, Olivier Bernard (EPI BIOCORE, INRIA Sophia Antipolis), Antoine Sciandra (Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-mer, LOV), and Jacques Sainte-Marie (EPI BANG, INRIA Rocquencourt).

Latest news

  • January 2013: Article in press for Journal of Marine Systems (Phytoplankton growth formulation in marine ecosystem models: Should we take into account photo-acclimation and variable stoichiometry in oligotrophic areas?)
  • September 2013: I am now Associate Professor at the UPMC. My new lab is the LOV in Villefranche-sur-mer (South of France, close to Nice).
  • June 2012: Seminar at the Univsersity of Victoria (UVIC), British Columbia, Canada.
  • March 2012: I just signed a 2-month post-doctoral contract with the CNRS. An article is in preparation.
  • Février 2012: My post-doctoral contract has been extended for one month.
  • December 2011: Submission of an article to Journal of Marine Systems for a special issue on the AMEMR Symposium.
  • October 2011: Begining of the biostatistics courses at the UPMC and punctual teaching in the modelling course of the second year of master of Océanographie et Environnement Marin in Villefranche. TANGGO workshop in Paris and conference in Biarritz on the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems to global change.
  • June 2011 : I have presented the first results obtained during my post-doc at the Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research (AMEMR) III Symposium in Plymouth.
  • April 2011 : My last article published in Journal of Plankton Research is available online. It presents a study of the meroplankton distribution and its relationship to coastal mesoscale hydrological structure in the northern Bay of Biscay.

Research activities

I defended my PhD thesis in biological oceanography the 8th of January 22010 at the Station Biologique de Roscoff (Finistère, France), one of the marine stations of the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC-Paris 6). During my PhD, I worked on the dispersal of marine species, especially on the modelling of larval dispersal of coastal invertebrates with complex life cycle. My work consisted in dispersal bio-physical modelling, in situ plankton sampling, and molecular biology analyses. My PhD was conducted under the supervision of Pr. D. Davoult and Dr. E. Thiébaut, in the Benthic Ecology team then in the DIV&CO team (Diversité et Connectivité dans le Paysage Marin Côtier).

A pdf version of my thesis manuscript is available here (the chapters are written in English but the general introduction and conclusion are written in French).
Title : Relative importance of hydroclimatic factors and life history traits on the larval dispersal and the connectivity at different spatial scales (English Channel, Bay of Biscay).

For more informations, please visit the page dedicated to my PhD thesis.

What you will find in this pages

If you want to know more on my research activities, please go to the Research page. Pages are also dedicated to my Teaching activities, my PhD thesis, and my CV.