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Postdoctoral Research Associate
- B. Sc. Oceanography - Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France, 2012
- M. Sc. Marine Ecology and Biology - Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France, 2014
- Ph.D. Marine Ecology - Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, 2017
Emilien entered the field of marine science in 2014 through an internship at the University of Montpellier (France), during which he earned his Master of Science degree. He studied the allelopathic relationship between a toxic dinoflagellate and two seagrasses. Then he began his doctorate in Brest, France, studying the bioaccumulation of paralytic shellfish toxins synthesized by toxic algae in the Pacific oyster. He addressed this topic by studying oyster physiological responses to these toxins and building a model based on Dynamic Energy Budget that describes 1) the oyster bioaccumulation and 2) the bioenergetics effects linked to the toxin.
Emilien joined the Milford staff as a postdoctoral research associate in May 2018 through the associateship program of the National Research Council. His current research is focused on the assessment of energetic costs linked to ocean acidification in three bivalves species. This work involves measurements of different physiological rates linked to feeding (filtration, assimilation, ingestion), metabolism (respiration, excretion) and growth. From the data acquired through dedicated experiments, two different bioenergetic models will be calibrated to predict the future impacts of lower pH on marine bivalves.