Prof. Laurent Seuront
Ecosystem Services Working Group Leader
Areas of expertise
Microscale patterns and processes
Country of work experience
France, Japan, Australia
Experience and qualifications
Laurent has more than 10 years of experience in Biological Oceanography in France, Japan and Australia. His research has focused on the biology and ecology of planktonic organisms, and involved extensive seagoing coastal work in France, Japan and Australia; and offshore work in the Southern Ocean, the North West Pacific and the Mediterranean Sea. He is particularly interested in how processes occurring at the scale of individual organisms (i.e. viral infection, cell lysis, nutrient uptake, predation, mating), the related individual variability and behaviour properties are transferred through the food fed, and ultimately affect ecosystem structure and function, and biogeochemical cycles.
Laurent is a Professor in Biological Oceanography at the Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia) and a Senior Research Scientist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (West Beach, Australia). His education includes a B.S. in Population Biology and Ecology from the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (1992), a M.S. in Marine Ecology, Data Analysis and Modelling from the Université P. & M. Currie – Paris 6 (1995), and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (1999). Prior to his present position, he was a research fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science at the Tokyo University of Fisheries (1999-2000) and a research scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France (2001-2008).
His work to date has been the subject of over 100 publications in international journals and contributed books, more than 80 presentations at international conferences, and invited seminars at over 50 locations throughout the world, including in prestigious institutions such as Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also co-edited a book, and sole-authored a monograph on the relevance of fractals and Multifractals in ecology and aquatic sciences. Among multiple awards, he recently received the CNRS Bronze Medal in France (2007) in recognition of his early career achievements, and a prestigious Australian Professorial Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.
2008-present: Senior Research Scientist, SARDI Aquatic Sciences
2008-2009: Senior Lecturer (Biological Oceanography), Flinders University
2008-present: Sub-Program Leader (Oceanography), SARDI Aquatic Sciences
2007-2008. Adjunct Associate Professor, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
2004-present. CNRS Senior Research Scientist, France
2004-2007. Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
2003-2004. Adjunct Lecturer, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
2001-2004. CNRS Research Scientist, France
1999-2000. JSPS Research Fellow, Tokyo University of Fisheries, Japan
1996-1999. Lecturer in Biostatistics, University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille, France
1995-1996. Research Assistant, University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille, France
Selected recent publications
Chapperon C & Seuront L. Navigation in disoriented wave-dislodged periwinkles: the question of cue. Global Marine Environment (in press).
Seuront L. Zooplankton avoidance behaviour as a response to point sources of hydrocarbon contaminated water. Marine and Freshwater Research (in press).
Ismail HN, Qin JG & Seuront L. Thermal and halotolerance of a brackish cladoceran, Daphniospsis australis (Sergeev & Williams, 1983). In: Plankton: Classification, Seasonal Variation and Ecological Impact. Nova Science Publishers (in press).
Schapira M, Pollet T, Mitchell JG & Seuront L. Respiration rates in marine bacteria relate to the cytometric characteristics of bacterioplankton communities. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (in press).
Spilmont N, Meziane T, Seuront L & Welsh DT. Identification of the food sources of sympatric ghost shrimp (Trypaea australiensis) and soldier crab (Mictyris longicarpus) populations using a lipid biomarker, dual stable isotope approach. Austral Ecology (in press).
Thompson PG, Davidson AT, van den Enden R, Pearce I, Seuront L, Paterson JS & Williams G. Flow cytometric analysis of the distribution and abundance of protists, bacterial metabolic activity and viruses in the Southern Ocean between 30 and 80°E longitude. Deep-Sea Research II (in press).
Seuront L, Leterme SC, Seymour JS, Mitchell JG, Ashcroft D, Noble W, Thompson PG, Davidson AT, van den Enden R, Scott FJ, Wright SW, Chapperon C & Cribb N. Role of microbial and phytoplanktonic communities in the control of seawater viscosity off West Antarctica (30-80°W). Deep-Sea Research II (in press).
Chapperon C & Seuront L. Cue synergy in Littorina littorea navigation following wave dislodgement. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (in press).
Moison M, Schmitt FG, Souissi S, Seuront L & Hwang JS. Symbolic dynamics and entropies of copepod behaviour under non-turbulent and turbulent conditions. Journal of Marine Systems, 77, 388–396.
Schapira M, Buscot MJ, Leterme SC, Pollet T, Chapperon C & Seuront L (2009) Distribution of heterotrophic bacteria and virus-like particles along a salinity gradient in a hypersaline coastal lagoon. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 54, 171-183.
Lavery TJ, Kemper CM, Sanderson K, Schultz CG, Coyle P, Mitchell JG & Seuront L (2009) Heavy metal toxicity of kidney and bone tissues in South Australia adult bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus). Marine Environmental Research, 67, 1-7.
Seymour J, Seuront L, Doubell MJ & Mitchell JG (2008) Microscale variability of bacteria and viruses during a Phaeocystis globosa bloom in the eastern English Channel. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 80, 589-597.
Katrak G, Dittmann S & Seuront L (2008) Site-specific variation in burrow morphology of the mud shore crab, Helograpsus haswellianus (Brachyura, Grapsidae) in South Australian salmarshes. Marine and Freshwater Research, 59, 902-911.
Seuront L (2008) Microscale complexity in the ocean: turbulence, intermittency and plankton life. Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena, 3, 1-41.
Seuront L (2008) Diffusion and motion behavior in encounter dynamic. In: Leterme SC (ed.), Functional Biology and Experimental Design. Pearson, 130-144.
Kesaulya I, Leterme SC, Mitchell JG & , Seuront L (2008) The impact of turbulence on foam formation, seawater viscosity and chlorophyll concentration in the Eastern English Channel. Oceanologia, 50, 167-182.
Cribb N, Miller C & Seuront L (2008) Assessment of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) habitat characteristics in estuarine waters (Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, South Australia). Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology, 1, 6-8.
Seuront L & Vincent D (2008) Impact of a Phaeocystis globosa spring bloom on Temora longicornis feeding and swimming behaviours. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 363, 131-145.
Schapira M, Vincent D, Gentilhomme V & Seuront L (2008) Temporal patterns of phytoplankton assemblages, size spectra and diversity during the wane of a Phaeocystis globosa spring bloom in hydrologically contrasted coastal waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 88, 649-662.
Patten N, Mitchell JG, Middelboe M, Eyre B, Seuront L, Harrison PL & Glud RN (20008) Bacterial and viral dynamics during a mass coral spawning period of the Great Barrier Reef. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 50, 209-220.
Leterme S, Pingree RD, Skogen MD, Seuront L, Reid PC & Attrill MJ (2008) Decadal fluctuations in North Atlantic water inflow in the North Sea between 1985-2003: impacts on temperature and phytoplankton populations. Oceanologia, 50, 59-72.
Schmitt FG & Seuront L (2008) Intermittent turbulence and copepod dynamics: increase of encounter rates through preferential concentration. Journal of Marine Systems, 70, 263-272.
Mitchell JG, Yamazaki H, Seuront L, Wolk F & Hua L (2008) Phytoplankton patch patterns: seascape anatomy in a turbulent ocean. Journal of Marine Systems, 69, 247-253.
Mitchell JG & Seuront L (2008) Towards a seascape typology. II. Zipf of one-dimensional patterns. Journal of Marine Systems, 69, 328-338.
Seuront L & Mitchell JG (2008) Towards a seascape typology. I. Zipf versus Pareto laws. Journal of Marine Systems, 69, 310-327.
Seuront L, Hermand JP & Hermand JP (2007) Ultrasonic imaging of individual pelagic and benthic subcentimetre-scale free-living marine organisms. In: Papadakis JS & Bjørnø L (Eds.), Underwater Acoustic Measurements: Technologies and Results, IACM/FORTH, 933-938.
Vincent D, Salwik G, L’Helguen S, Sarthou G, Gallinari M, Seuront L, Sautour B & Ragueneau O. Net and gross incorporation of nitrogen by marine copepods fed on 15N-labelled diatoms: methodology and trophic studies. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 352, 295-305.
Seuront L, & Leterme SC (2007) Increased zooplankton behavioural stress in response to short-term exposure to hydrocarbon contamination. The Open Oceanography Journal, 1, 1-7.
Schmitt FG & Seuront L (2007) Lagrangian passive scalar intermittency in marine waters: theory and data analysis. In: Geurts B, Clercx H & Uijttewaal W (eds.), Particle-laden flows: from geophysical to Kolmogorov scales, ERCOFAC Series, Springer, 129-138.
Seuront L, Duponchel AC & Chapperon C (2007) Heavy-tailed distributions in the intermittent motion behaviour of the intertidal gastropod Littorina littorea. Physica A, 385, 573-582.
Seymour J, Seuront L & Mitchell JG (2007) Microscale gradients of planktonic microbial communities above the sediment surface in a temperate mangrove estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 73, 651-666.
Seuront L, Lacheze C, Doubell MJ, Seymour JR, Van Dongen V, Newton K, Alderkamp AC & Mitchell JG (2007) The influence of Phaeocystis globosa on microscale spatial patterns of chlorophyll a and bulk-phase seawater viscosity. Biogeochemistry, 83, 173-188.
Prof. Laurent Seuront
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