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Anne-Laure DANIAU

CNRS Researcher (CRCN, CR1), Paleoclimate

UMR EPOC 5805 – University of Bordeaux


2008      Ph.D., Paleoclimatology and Quaternary Geology, University of Bordeaux*
2003      M.S., Coastal and Oceanic Environments and Paleoenvironments, University of Bordeaux
2001      B.Sc., Earth and Universe Sciences, University of Poitiers

*mention très honorable avec félicitations


Wildfires, Paleoclimatology/Paleoenvironments, local to global scale, centennial, millenial and orbital scales


I am a permanent CNRS Researcher at the UMR EPOC (University of Bordeaux) since the 1st of October 2012. I am studying changes in wildfire activity in relation to climate change at multiple time-scales (from centennial, millennial to orbital scales).


I received my Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Bordeaux, where I worked with the Paleoclimate Research Group. During the course of my PhD, I entered wholeheartedly into climate change issues and their impact on past marine and terrestrial ecosystems, with a special focus on past fire activity (fire frequency and intensity) and its interaction with climate, vegetation and humans. I developed a specific method to analyse microcharcoal preserved in marine sedimentary archives using image analysis to reconstruct changes in fire activities.


As a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bristol (oct. 2008-dec. 2010), I became involved in the Global Palaeofire Working Group (GPWG, ). As part of the management group of this international activity, I collaborated in building a global charcoal database including charcoal records from lakes, bogs, soils, and oceans from around the world to address long-term perspective of past fire activity.

Professional experience

Since Oct 2012 - CNRS Researcher, Paleoclimate, UMR EPOC (France)

2012 - Teaching and research fellow, Earth and Life Sciences, EPHE, University of Bordeaux (France)

2011-2012 - Post-doctoral fellowship, ERC-TRACSYMBOLS project, University of Bordeaux (France)

2008–2010 - Post-doctoral fellowship, QUEST (NERC, U.K.) and ACACIA projects, University of Bristol (UK)

2007-2008 - Teaching and research fellow, Earth and Life Sciences, EPHE, University of Bordeaux (France)


- PhD dissertation award 2009 from the French palynologists association (APLF)


- travel award from the CNF-INQUA to attend INQUA congress (2011)

- travel award from the University of Kyoto and APLF to attend PMIP3 workshop (Kyoto, 2010)

- DEA (Master) merit-based financial aid (2003)


- Member of the Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique, Section 19 (élue), since 2021

- Animatrice de l’Axe 3 Sociétés, écosystèmes et climats de l’équipe Paléoclimats (UMR EPOC)

- Editor (Climate of the Past) – 2018-2022

- Reviewer (project): ANR (France); Mitacs Accélération (Canada); LEFE; Flotte Océano. Française

- Reviewer (journal): Nat. Climate Change, EPSL, PNAS, QSR, QR, CoP, JAES, Nat. Scientific Report, P3, Book chapter for Cambridge University Press, Stoten, GRL, GBC, TARF

- Reviewer (thesis report): Master student 1st and 2nd year, EPHE diploma

- Coordinating the palynological lab implementation in our new building (2013-2016)


Leader in workshop and congress session organization

- Organizing committee of the MedPalyno Congress, Bordeaux (France), 2019

- Co-convener at XX INQUA Congress, Dublin (Irlande), 2019

- Fire history baselines by biome (32 participants), CNRS-PAGES GPWG workshop, 25-29 Sept. 2016

- Feux de végétation, poussières minérales et changement climatique : observation et modélisation. Séance spécialisée SGF ; AFEQ-CNF INQUA – Paris, 2013

- The Palaeorecords of fire in the Earth System: Climate or Humans? INQUA - Bern, 2011


Professional Memberships

- Vice-présidente of the Association des Palynologues de Langue Française (APLF) (since 2021) -

- Member of the Association Française pour l'Étude du Quaternaire (AFEQ –CNF INQUA)

- Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)




Anne-Laure Daniau


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