Associate professor, Sorbonne University

Maître de conférences à l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), en poste à la Station Biologique de Roscoff

Research interests:

My research focuses on the ecology and biodiversity of phytoplankton. It aims at better understanding the structure and dynamics of phytoplankton and communities.

Key words : phytoplankton, Micromonas, cryptic species, virus-phytoplankton interactions, plankton time-series


Teaching activities:

My teaching activities are mostly in the domains of marine ecology and biodiversity. A rather large part focuses on taxonomy, systematics and ecology of macro and micro-algae (and includes laboratory and field work. I am responsible for the “Phycology summer course” (4UM52) that occurs each year at the Station Biologique de Roscoff in July.


Education, degrees, positions:

2015 Habilitation à diriger des recherches, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

1997 « Maître de Conférences » (Lecturer)- University Pierre et Marie Curie, Station Biologique de Roscoff

1996 Post-doctorate position at the Alfred Wegener Institut (Bremerhaven)

1995 Post-doctorate position at the University of Hawaii (Honolulu)

1995 Doctorate (PhD) University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

1990 Teaching degree in Natural Sciences (Agrégation de Sciences Naturelles)





Selected publications

Baudoux A.-C., Lebredonchel H., Dehmer H., Latimier M., Edern R., Rigaut-Jalabert F., Ge P., Guillou L., Foulon E., Bozec Y., Cariou T., Desdevises Y., Derelle E., Grimsley N., Moreau H., Simon N. (2015) Interplay between, Micromonas cryptic species and their viruses in the Western English Channel. Environmental Microbiology Reports 7: 774:781

Bellec L., Clarissi C., Edern R., Foulon E., Simon N., Grimsley N., Desdevise Y. (2014) Cophylogenetic interactions between marine viruses and eukaryotic picophytoplankton  BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:59-62

Logares R., Audic S., Bass D., Bittner L., Boutte C., Christen R., Claverie J.-M., Decelle J., Dolan J. R., Dunthorn M., Edvardsen B., Gobet A., Kooistra W. H. C. F., Mahe F., Not F., Ogata H., Pawlowski J., Pernice M. C., Romac S., Shalchian-Tabrizi K., Simon N., Stoeck T., Santini S., Siano R., Wincker P., Zingone A., Richards T. A., De Vargas C., Massana R. (2014). Patterns of Rare and Abundant Marine Microbial Eukaryotes. Current Biology. 24(8): 813-821.

Guilloux, L., Rigaut-Jalabert, F., Jouenne, F., Ristori, S., Viprey, M., Not, F., Vaulot, D. & Simon, N. (2013). An annotated checklist of Marine Phytoplankton taxa at the SOMLIT-Astan time series off Roscoff (Western Channel, France): data collected from 2000 to 2010. Cahiers de Biologie Marine 54:247-256

Pizay, M.-D., Lemée, R., Simon, N., Cras, A.-L., Laugier, J.-P., Dolan, J. R. (2009) Night and Day morphologies in a planktonic dinoflagellate. Protist. 160:565-75.

Simon, N., Cras, A.-L., Foulon E., Lemée R. (2009) Diversity and evolution of marine phytoplankton. C. R. Biologies. 332: 159-170

Foulon, E., Not, F., Jalabert, F., Cariou, T., Massana, R., Simon, N. (2008) The picoplanktonic green alga Micromonas pusilla includes several ecotypes: evidences from environmental surveys using phylogenetic probes. Environmental Microbiology. 10:2433-2443