Cecile Severine Rousseaux

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Cecile Severine Rousseaux

  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
  • 301.614.5750
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Cécile S. Rousseaux graduated from the “Faculté universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix” in Namur (Belgium) with first-class honors, after spending six months working with the CSIRO in Tasmania (Australia) as part of her honors degree. This experience resulted in an honours degree thesis entitled “A study of the effects of microzooplankton grazing on the diurnal vertical migration of the toxic dinoflagellate Gymnodinium catenatum in the Huon Estuary (Tasmania)”. She began a Masters degree in Oceanography at the University of Liège (Belgium) on the “Impact of climate changes on the dynamics of plankton in the Bay of Calvi, Corsica”, and then moved to the University of Western Australia to pursue a PhD degree on the “Oceanographic forcing of phytoplankton dynamics in the waters off north Western Australia”. During those four years of doctoral work, she received several awards including: the Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) award for best science-based work, the ASLO Outstanding student presentation award and was a finalist for the IOC/UNESCO award. In 2011, she finished her PhD and embarked onto a postdoctoral position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) as part of GESTAR. In 2012 she was promoted to Research Scientist.

    Research Interests

    Effects of climate variability on phytoplankton using a satellite data assimilating global biogeochemical model (NOBM)

    Dr. Cécile S. Rousseaux works on the effects of climate variability on phytoplankton using a satellite data assimilating global biogeochemical model (NOBM, https://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/research/oceanbiology/description.php) with Dr. Watson W. Gregg (NASA, GSFC). She is part of the MARine Ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project (MAREMIP) project that aims to foster the development of models based on phytoplankton functional types in order to progress towards the resolution of important scientific questions (http://lgmacweb.env.uea.ac.uk/maremip/index.shtml). She is also part of the Carbon Monitoring System (http://carbon.nasa.gov/), an initiative to characterize, quantify, understand and predict the evolution of global carbon sources and sinks. She is part of the Suomi NPP Science Team.

    Education

    2012-2013 Research Scientist I, GESTAR/Universities Space Research Association (USRA) at the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), NASA

    2011-2012 Postdoctoral Researcher, Universities Space Research Association at the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), NASA

    2007-2011 PhD candidate, Thesis title: “Quantifying the impact of the Leeuwin Current on the ecology and biogeochemistry of the Ningaloo Reef”, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

    2005-2006 Masters Degree, Oceanology, Thesis title: “Impact of climate changes on the dynamics of plankton in the Bay of Calvi, Corsica”, University of Liege (Ulg), Liege, Belgium

    2004-2005 Masters Degree, Biological Sciences, Thesis title : “A study on the effects of microzooplankton grazing in the diurnal vertical migration of the toxic dinoflagellates Gymnodinium catenatum in the Huon Estuary (Tasmania)”, Faculte Universitaire Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Namur, Belgium

    2001-2003 Bachelor Degree, Biological Sciences, Faculte Universitaire Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Namur, Belgium

    Awards

    2013 NASA/GMAO Award for Outstanding Contribution by a new GMAO member
    2011 World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Presentation award
    2010 Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) award for best science based work
    2009 Finalist of the IOC/UNESCO Awards
    2009 American Society for Limonology and Oceanography (ASLO) Outstanding student presentation award
    2008 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Flagship
    2008 WAMSI Node 3 top-up scholarship
    2008 WAMSI Node1 top-up scholarship
    2008 BHP-Billiton scholarship
    2007 Biological Oceanography Scholarship
    2006 Marie-Curie Studentship
    2006 Docquier Grant

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Cécile S. Rousseaux graduated from the “Faculté universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix” in Namur (Belgium) with first-class honors, after spending six months working with the CSIRO in Tasmania (Australia) as part of her honors degree. This experience resulted in an honours degree thesis entitled “A study of the effects of microzooplankton grazing on the diurnal vertical migration of the toxic dinoflagellate Gymnodinium catenatum in the Huon Estuary (Tasmania)”. She began a Masters degree in Oceanography at the University of Liège (Belgium) on the “Impact of climate changes on the dynamics of plankton in the Bay of Calvi, Corsica”, and then moved to the University of Western Australia to pursue a PhD degree on the “Oceanographic forcing of phytoplankton dynamics in the waters off north Western Australia”. During those four years of doctoral work, she received several awards including: the Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) award for best science-based work, the ASLO Outstanding student presentation award and was a finalist for the IOC/UNESCO award. In 2011, she finished her PhD and embarked onto a postdoctoral position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) as part of GESTAR. In 2012 she was promoted to Research Scientist.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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