Solange Duhamel

Fields of Interest

I am an aquatic microbiologist and biogeochemist, specializing in the abundance, diversity and activity of aquatic microbes in the ocean, as well as in lakes, rivers, wetland ecosystems and extreme environments. I study the role of microorganisms as agents of biogeochemical transformations, and how microbes adapt to different environments and respond to stress. I am interested in the effects of climate as well as nutrients and energy availability on the distribution, growth and productivity of microplankton but also in the potential of life to adapt to extreme environments and the implications for astrobiology. I use experimental approaches to answer some of the most pressing questions in microbial ecophysiology and biogeochemistry. In particular, I develop and use state-of-the-art techniques to study microbial processes at the taxonomic group and single cell levels.


2004–2007: Ph.D. in Marine Environmental Science, University of Aix-Marseille II, France 2002–2004: M.Sc. in Biological Oceanography and Marine Environmental Ecology, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI, France1999–2002: B.Sc. in Organisms Biology, University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris VI, France

Honors & Awards

2020 • Scialog Fellow (RCSA, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Kavli Foundation)2019 • Faculty innovator Award (University of Arizona)2018 • Palisades Geophysical Institute (PGI) Young Scientist Award (Columbia University)2011 • Devonshire Postdoctoral scholarship (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)2008 • Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award (University of the Mediterranean, France)2004 • Ministry of National Education, Research and Technology Graduate Scholarship from the French Government