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Laboratoire d'Ecogéochimie des Environnements Benthiques
UMR 8222

Nadine Le Bris


Marine chemistry, ecology and biogeochemistry.

Habitat geochemistry, organism-environment interaction

Redox interfaces, chemosynthetic communities

Extreme environments, deep-sea ecosystems, Hydrothermal vents

In situ chemical sensors, geochemical models, thermodynamics and kinetics



Current position

Director, Benthic Ecogeochemistry Laboratory, joint research unit CNRS-UPMC UMR8222, Banyuls Marine Station

Professor  University of Paris 6 - Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Chair ‘Biodiversity, global change and extreme Marine environments’ Fondation Total


Formation and diploma

2005 HDR Marine Chemistry and biogeochemistry. University of Brest (UBO)

2006 PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Physics, Univ. of Paris 7

1987 Master in Molecular Physical Chemistry, University of  Paris 11



50 articles in peer-review journals

6 book chapters

88 communications in international conferences


Training of PhD and undergraduate students

Supervision and co-supervision of 6 PhD students

Supervison of 31 undergraduate students


Research cruises

Chief scientist of three cruise in deep-sea vent ecology (PHARE 2002 and MESCAL 2010 and 2012) with the ROV VICTOR and the submersible Nautile.

Head of an experimentation programme  in a submarine canyon, that involved 4 deep -sea operation campaigns  since 2010 with the COMEX company (Minibex/ROV).

Participation to 18 oceanographic cruises in deep-sea biology, ecology and geology,  lead by French, US and German scientists.


Committees and Working Groups

2010-2014. Scientific advisory board. MARUM, Center for Marine Environment Research, Bremen, Germany

2009-2013 Scientific committee of the FP7 Marie Curie Network SENSENET Chemical sensing in Marine Environment

2009-2013 Chair of the SCOR-InterRidge Working Group Hydrothermal energy transfer and the ocvean carbon cycle

2009-2012 Programme Review Group.  Underwater System Laboratory. NOC, Southampton, UK

2009-2013 Coordinator of the European Research Group DiWOOD ‘Sunken wood and associated fauna’

2007-2010 Steering committee of the FP7 European project CAREX Investigating Life in Extreme Environments

2007-2010 Scientific committee of the Collaborative Research Project CHEMECO Colonization of Chemosynthetic ecosystems of the ESF EUROCORES EuroDeep.

2005-2009 Scientific committee of the Research Group ECCHIS (Biologie des Ecosystèmes Chimiosynthétiques)

2004-2008  Scientific committee of the Marie Curie-FP6 Res. & Training Network MOMARNET

2004-2009 Chair of the Working Group Biogeochemical Interactions at Deep-Sea Vents of InterRidge



2009-2013 Coordination of the Teaching Unit Deep-sea ecosystems and Extreme Marine Environment Master speciality Ocenography and Marine Environment (OEM) University of Paris 6 - Banyuls Observatory, France


Organisation of conferences and Workshop

2009 Session convener  Transfer of hydrothermally-derived chemical energy to the biosphere : solving the paradox of high productivity in extreme environment Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, Switzerland. 22-26/06 2009.

2009 Session convener  From molecules to organisms: Chemoautotrophic pathways and mechanisms of energy transfer  in extreme marine environments. ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting, 25-30 Jan., Nice, France. Co-convener: S. Sievert (WHOI), M. Yakimov (IAMC-CNR)

2008 Organisation comittee Workshop FP7-CAREX Defining priorities for model ecosystems in extreme environment. 29/11- 2/12/08San Feliu de Guixol (Cataluna, Spain),

2007  Organisation committee wortkshop FP7-CAREX Priorities for environment-specific technological developments and infrastructures. San Feliu de Guixol (Cataluna, Spain), 2/12- 5/12/08

2005, 2006, 2007& 2008 Convener de la session Biogeochemical interactions in chemosynthetic deep-sea ecosystems: methods, tools and strategies EGU General Assembly , Austria. Co-Conveners: C. R. German (WHOI), S. Duperron (UPMC), W. Bach (RCOM)

2007 Organisation coimmittee Theoretical Institute (international school & workshop) d’InterRidge Biogeochemical interactions at deep-sea vents. . Woods Hole, USA, 10-14 Sept.

2005. Organisation committee International Workshop MOMAR Monitoring the mid-Atlantic Ridge, 7-9 april, Lisbonne, Portugal.



Outreach and Medias

Participation to press conferences, interviews, outreach publications and public conferences. Scientific support in the realisation of a documentary film.

Contact Informations

Phone : 04 30 19 24 14
Mail(s) : lebris@obs-banyuls.fr, nadine.le_bris@upmc.fr

Function and attachment

Professor (UPMC-Paris 6)

Director of laboratory, CNRS-UPMC UMR 8222 LECOB


Since jan 2010    Professor UPMC-Paris 6. Director of Laboratory "Ecogéochimie des Environnements Benthiques, CNRS-UPMC UMR 8222, Observatoire Océanologique, Station marine de Banyul-sur-Mer

Since oct 2009    Professor Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6. Responsable de l'Equipe Dynamique des Environnements Profonds au  Laboratoire d'Océanologie Biologique, Station marine Banyul-sur-Mer

1999 – 2009    Researcher Ifremer, Département Etude des Ecosystèmes Profonds, Laboratoire Environnement Profond,  Centre de Brest

1993-1999    Researcher Ifremer, Laboratoire Instrumentation Océanographique, Centre de Brest


56. Contreira-Pereira L., Yücel, M.  Omanovic D., Le Bris N.. Compact autonomous voltammetric sensor for sulfide monitoring in deep sea vent habitats.   Accepted.   Deep-sea research Part I.
55.    Lartaud F., Pareige S., de Rafelis M., Feuillassier L., Bideau M., Peru E., De la Vega, E.  Nedoncelle K., Romans, P.  Le Bris N.. Potential seasonal trends in the in situ growth of reef-building cold-water coral. Accepted  Deep-Sea Res. Part II (special volume)
54.    Laurent M.C.Z., Le Bris N., Gaill F., Gros O. (in press, published on line). Dynamics of wood fall colonization in relation to sulfide concentration in a mangrove swamp. Marine Environmental Research.
53.    Fagervold S. K., S. Bessette, C. Romano, D. Martin, M. Plyuscheva, N. Le Bris and P. E. Galand. Microbial communities associated with the degradation of oak wood in the Blanes submarine canyon and its adjacent open slope (NW Mediterranean). special issue "Integrated study of a deep submarine canyon and adjacent open slopes in the Western Mediterranean Sea: an essential habitat",  in press Progress in Oceanography.
52.    K. Nedoncelle, F. Lartaud. M. de Rafelis. S. Boulila. N. Le Bris (in press, published on line). Hydrothermal deep-sea vent mussels form shell on lunar daily basis (sclerochronology, calcein marking). Marine Biology.
51.    Lartaud F., Pareige S., de Rafelis M., Feuillassier L., Bideau M ., Peru E., Romans P., Alcala F., Le Bris N (in press, published  line). A novel mark and recapture technique to assess cold water coral growth process. Aquatic Living Resources.
50    Mullineaux
L. S. , Le Bris N. , Mills S. W. , Henri P. , Bayer S. R. , Secrist R. G. ,  Siu N. (2012) Detecting the influence of initial pioneers on succession at deep-sea vents" PLoS One  7(12), e50015.
49   Yücel M., P. E. Galand, S. K. Fagervold, L. Contreira, N. Le Bris. Sulfide production and consumption in degrading wood in the marine environment. Chemosphere  In press
48    Lartaud F., Pareige S., de Rafelis M., Feuillassier L., Bideau M ., Peru E., Romans P., Alcala F., Le Bris N. A novel mark and recapture technique to assess cold water coral growth process. Aquatic Living Resources. In press
47    Scott K. M., Dobrinski K., Boller A., Le Bris N. (2012). Response of hydrothermal vent vestimentiferan Riftia pachyptila to differences in habitat chemistry.  Marine Biology. 159  (2) 435-442   DOI: 10.1007/s00227-011-1821-5
46   A. Gardebrecht, S. Markert, S. M. Sievert, H. Felbeck, A. Thürmer, D. Albrecht, A. Wollherr, J. Kabisch, N. Le Bris, R. Lehmann, R. Daniel, H. Liesegang, M. Hecker, T. Schweder (in press). The endosymbionts 1 of the deep-sea vent tubeworms Riftia pachyptila and Tevnia jerichonana share an identical physiology. The ISME Journal.

45  S. A.  Bennett, P. J. Statham, D. R. H. Green, N. Le Bris, J. McDermott, F. Prado, O. J. Rouxel, K. Von Damm, C. R German. Dissolved and particulate organic carbon in hydrothermal plumes from the East Pacific Rise, 9°50’N. Deep-Sea Research Part I (in press)
44 F. Lartaud, C. T. S. Little, M. de Rafelis, G. Bayon, G. Dyment, B. Ildefonse, V. Gressier, Y. Fouquet, F. Gaill, N. Le Bris (2011). Fossil evidence for serpentinization fluids fueling chemosynthetic assemblages. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 108(19)7698-7703. Highlighted in Nature Geoscience

43.  S. Gollner, B. Riemer, P. Martınez Arbizu, N. Le Bris, M. Bright. 2010. Diversity of Meiofauna from the 9°50’N East Pacific Rise across a Gradient of Hydrothermal Fluid Emissions. Plos One 5 (8) e12321
42.    F. Muller, T. Brissac, N. Le Bris, H. Felbeck, O. Gros. 2010. First description of giant Archaea community (Thaumarchaeota) associated with putative bacterial ectosymbionts in a sulfidic marine habitat. Environmental Microbiology 12(8), 2371–2383.

41.    F. Lartaud, M. de Rafelis, G. Oliver, E. Krylova, B. Ildefonse, R. Thibaud, P. Gente, E. Hoisé, A.-L. Meistertzheim, Y. Fouquet, F. Gaill, J. Dyment and N. Le Bris. Sous Presse. G-Cube. Fossil clams from an off-axis sedimented vent field nearby the Rainbow smoker complex: insight to the evolution and biogeography of vent fauna . Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 11, Q0AE01, doi 10.1029/2010/GC003079
40.    S. M. Gaudron, F. Pradillon, M. Pailleret, S. Duperron, N. Le Bris, F. Gaill. Colonization Of Organic Substrates Deployed In Deep-Sea Reducing Habitats By Symbiotic Species And Associated Fauna. Marine Environmental Research 70, 1–12, 920.
39.    F. Pradillon, M. Zbinden, N. Le Bris, S. Hourdez, A.-S. Barnay, F. Gaill (2009). Development of assemblages associated with alvinellid colonies on the walls of high-temperature vents at the East Pacific Rise. Development of assemblages associated with alvinellid colonies on the walls of high-temperature vents at the East Pacific Rise. Deep-Sea Research Part II 56 (19-20), pp. 1622-1631
38.    Schmidt C, Corbari L, Gaill F, Le Bris N (2009) Biotic and abiotic controls on iron oxyhydroxide formation in the gill chamber of the hydrothermal vent shrimp Rimicaris exoculata. Geobiology 7: 1–11
37.    Laurent M. C. Z., O. Gros, J.-P. Brulport, F. Gaill, N. Le Bris. (2009). Sunken wood habitat for thiotrophic symbiosis in mangrove swamps. Marine Environmental Research  67(2), Pages 83-88.
36.    Lacombe M., Garçon V, Thouron D., Le Bris N., Comtat M. .2008. A new electrochemical reagentless method for silicate measurement in sea water. Talanta. 77( 2), 744-750.
35.    Zbinden M., Shillito B., N. Le Bris, C. de Villardi, F. Guyot, F. Gaill, M.-A. Cambon-Bonavita. 2008. New insigths on the metabolic diversity among the epibiotic the hydrothermal shrimp Rimicaris exoculata. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 359, 131–140.
34.    C. Schmidt, N. Le Bris, F. Gaill. 2008.  Interactions of deep-sea vent invertebrates with their environment: the case of Rimicaris Exoculata. Journal of Shellfish Research, Vol. 27, No. 1, 79–90, 2008.

33.    P.-M. Sarradin, D. Lannuzel, M. Waeles, P. Crassous, N. Le Bris, J.-C. Caprais, Y. Fouquet, M.-C. Fabri, R. Riso (2008). Dissolved and particulate metals (Fe, Zn, Cu, Cd, Pb) in two habitats from an active hydrothermal field on the EPR at 13°N. Sci. Tot. Env. 392, 119-129.
32    M. Matabos, N. Le Bris, S. Pendlebury and E. Thiebaut. 2008. Role of physico-chemical environment on gastropod assemblages at hydrothermal vents on the East Pacific Rise (138N/EPR). J. Mar. Biol. UK. 88(5), 995-1008.
31    Schmidt C., R. Vuillemin, Ch. Le Gall, F. Gaill, N. Le Bris. Geochemical energy sources for microbial primary production in the environment of hydrothermal vent shrimps. Marine Chemistry 108 (2008) 18-31

30    Lacombe M., V. Garçon, M. Comtat, L. Oriol, J. Sudre, D. Thouron, N. Le Bris, C. Provost. 2007. Silicate determination in sea water: toward a reagentless electrochemical method. 2007. Marine Chemistry, 106 489–497
29    Le Bris N.  and  F. Gaill. 2007. How does the annelid Alvinella pompejana deal with an extreme hydrothermal environment ? Rev Environ Sci Biotechnol 6:197–221
28   S. Gollner, J. Zekely, B. Govenar, N. Le Bris, H. L. Nemeschkal, C. R. Fisher, M. Bright. 2007. Study of tubeworm-associated permanent meiobenthic communities from two chemically different hydrothermal vent sites on the East Pacific Rise. Mar. Ecol. Progress. Series 337: 39–49.
27    Brand G, Horal R., Le Bris N., Goffredi S., Carney S., Govenar B., Yancey P. 2007. Hypotaurine and thiotaurine as indicators of sulfide exposure in bivalves and vestimentiferans from hydrothermal vents and cold seeps Marine Ecology 28 (2007) 208–218
26    Le Bris N.  and  F. Gaill. 2007. How does the annelid Alvinella pompejana deal with an extreme hydrothermal environment? Rev Environ Sci Biotechnol 6:197–221

25.    Fisher, C. R., Takai K. and Le Bris N.. 2007. Hydrothermal Vent ecosystem. Oceanography 20 (1) 14-23.
24.    N. Le Bris, Rodier P., Sarradin P.M., Le Gall C. 2006. Is temperature a good proxy for sulfide in hydrothermal vent habitats? Cahier Biologie Marine 47. 465-470.
23.    S. Gollner, J. Zekely, C. L. Van Dover, B. Govenar, N. Le Bris, H. L. Nemeschkal and M. Bright. Benthic copepod communities associated with tubeworm and mussel aggregations on the East Pacific Rise. Cah. Biol. Mar. (2006) 47 : 397-402
22.    J. Zekely, S. Gollner, C. L. Van Dover, B. Govenar, N. Le Bris, H. L. Nemeschkal and M. Bright. 2006. Nematode communities associated with tubeworms and mussel aggregations on the East Pacific Rise Cah. Biol. Mar. 47 : 477-482.
21.    Shillito B., Le Bris N., Hourdez S., Ravaux J., Cottin D., Caprais J.-C., Jollivet D.and Gaill F. (2006). Temperature resistance studies on the deep-sea vent shrimp Mirocaris fortunata The Journal of Experimental Biology 209, 945-955
20.    Le Bris N., Govenar B., Le Gall C. and Fisher C. R. 2006. Variability of physico-chemical conditions in 9°50'N EPR diffuse flow vent habitats. Marine Chemistry (98) 167-182.
19.    Govenar B., Le Bris N.,  Gollner S. , Glanville J., Aperghis A., Hourdez S., Fisher C. R. 2005. Tubeworms support similar communities in chemically different hydrothermal vent habitats Hydrothermal vent tubeworm communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series (305) 67-77.
18.    Sarradin P.-M., Le Bris N., C. Le Gall, P. Rodier. 2005. Fe analysis by the ferrozine method: Adaptation to FIA towards in situ analysis in hydrothermal environment. Talanta, 66(5): 1131-1138.
17.    Le Bris N., Zbinden M., and Gaill F. 2005. Processes controlling the physico-chemical micro-environments associated with Pompeii worms. Deep-Sea Research Part I (52) 1071-1083.
16.    Pradillon F., Le Bris N., Shillito B., Young C., Gaill F.. 2005. Influence of environmental conditions on early development of the hydrothermal vent polychaete Alvinella pompejana. Journal of Experimental Biology (208), 1551-1561
15.    Piccino P, Viard F, Sarradin P-M, Le Bris N, Le Guen D, Jollivet D. 2004. Thermal selection of PGM allozymes in newly founded populations of the thermolerant vent polychaete Alvinella pompejana. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 271 (1555) 2351-2359.

14.    Zbinden, M., Le Bris, N., Gaill, F., Compère P. 2004. Distribution of bacteria and associated minerals in the gill chamber of the vent shrimp Rimicaris exoculata and related biogeochemical processes. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Series (284) 237-251
13.    Shillito, B., Le Bris, N., Gaill, F., Rees, J.F., Zal, F., 2004. First Access to Live Alvinellas. High Pressure Research 24 (1) 169-172.
12.    Alain K., Zbinden M., Le Bris, N., Lesongeur F., Querellou J., Gaill F. and M.-A. Cambon-Bonavita. 2004. Early steps in microbial colonisation processes at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Environmental Microbiology, 6 (3) 227-241.
11.    Le Bris, N., Sarradin, P.M., Caprais, J.C., 2003. Contrasted sulphide chemistries in the environment of 13°N EPR vent fauna. Deep Sea Research I 50, 737-747.
10.    Ravaux, J., Gaill, F., Le Bris, N., Sarradin, P.-M., Jollivet, D., Shillito, B., 2003. Heat shock response and temperature resistance in the deep-sea vent shrimp Rimicaris Exoculata. Journal of Experimental Biology 203(14) 2345-2354.
9.    Zbinden, M., Le Bris, N., Compère, P., Martinez, I., Guyot, F., Gaill, F., 2003. Mineralogical gradients associated with Alvinellids at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Deep-Sea Research I 50, pp. 269-280.
8.    Colaço, A., Dehairs, F., Desbruyères, D., Le Bris, N., Sarradin, P.-M., 2002. d13C signature of hydrothermal mussels is related with the end-member fluid concentrations of H2S and CH4 at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge hydrothermal vent fields. Cahiers de Biologie Marine 43, 259-262.
7.    Le Bris, N., Sarradin, P.M., Pennec, S., 2001. A new deep-sea probe for in situ pH measurement in the environment of  hydrothermal vent biological communities. Deep Sea Research I 48, 1941-1951.
6.    Desbruyères, D., Biscoito, M., Caprais, J.C., Colaço, A., Comtet, T., Crassous, P., Fouquet, Y., Khripounoff, A., Le Bris, N., Olu, K., Riso, R., Sarradin, P.M., Segonzac, M., Vangriesheim, A., 2001. Variations in deep-sea hydrothermal vent communities on the Mid-Atlantic ridge near the Azores plateau.
Deep-Sea Research I 48, 1325-1346.
5.    Le Bris, N., Sarradin, P., Birot, D., Alayse-Danet, A., 2000. A new chemical analyzer for in situ measurement of nitrate and total sulfide over hydrothermal vent biological communities. Marine Chemistry 72, 1-15.
4.    Desbruyères, D., Almeida, A., Biscoito, M., Comtet, T., Khripounoff, A., Le Bris, N., Sarradin, P.M., Segonzac, M., 2000. A review of the distribution of hydrothermal vent communities along the Northern Mid Atlantic Ridge: Dispersal vs environmental controls. Hydrobiologia 440, 201-216.
3.    Sarradin, P.M., Le Bris, N., Birot, D., Caprais, J.C., 1999. Laboratory adaptation of the methylene blue method to Flow Injection Analysis: towards in situ analysis in hydrothermal seawater. Analytical Communications 36, 157-160.
2.    Le Bris, N., Birot, D., 1997. Automated pH-ISFET measurements under hydrostatic pressure for marine monitoring application. Analytica Chimica Acta 356, 205-215.
1.    Losno R., Colin J.-L., Le Bris N., Bergametti G., Jickells T., Lim B.. 1993. Aluminium solubility in rainwater and molten snow. J. of Atmospheric Chemistry. 17, 29-43.


Awards and Distinctions

 Qualifications PR CNU 2006 et 2010    : Sections 31 et 67

Frequented establishments

 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. 1985-1989

French and foreign diplomas

 2005        Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches. Chimie et biogéochimie marines.
        Université de Bretagne Occidentale.

1993         Doctorat. Chimie de la Pollution Atmosphérique et Physique de l'Environnement. Université Paris 7

1989         Agrégation de Sciences Physiques. Option Chimie

1987         Maîtrise de Physico-Chimie Moléculaire. Univ. Paris 11

Nadine Le Bris (nadine.le_bris @ obs-banyuls.fr) - 11/06/16

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