Dr Loïc Harrault, Ph.D.
BA (U. Paris Est), MA (U. Paris 7), Ph.D. (U. Paris 6)
Loïc studied Chemistry (BA) and Environmental Geosciences (MA) in Paris. After graduating in Water Sciences speciality, he started his Ph.D. at the University of Pierre et Marie Currie (Paris) about interactions between freshwater food web ecology and organic geochemistry. During his Ph.D., he started to use lipid biomarkers to identify ecological processes and freshwater species.
From the completion of his Ph.D. in September 2012 to March 2015, Loïc has undertaken a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in Rennes (France) with Dr. Emilie Jardé and Dr. Laurent Jeanneau. Within the Riskmanche project, funded by the European programme Interreg, his role was to track faecal contamination sources in the environment thanks to faecal lipid biomarkers.
He then joined the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in May 2015 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology, working with Dr. Karen Milek (Geoarchaeology), Pr. Lorna Dawson (James Hutton Institute) and Pr. David Anderson (Anthropology) on the JPI Climate- and ESRC-funded Humanor project. As geochemist and newly inducted geoarchaeologist, he is lipid biomarkers and other methods (inorganic chemistry, GIS, etc.) to identify the presence of different mammals in archaeological sites to help understanding past and current lifestyle of nomadic people from northern Europe (Siberia and Sweden).
He is currently continuing is position within the Humanor project in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Durham.
Department of Archaeology
- Social-Ecological Transformations: HUMan-ANimal Relations Under Climate Change in NORthern Eurasia (HUMANOR)
- Geoarchaeology: organic (lipids) and inorganic (phosphates) geochemistry, soil survey, magnetic technics and GIS
- Organic Geochemistry: lipid analysis, faecal biomarkers (stanols), paleoclimate and paleovegetation biomarkers (GDGTs, alcohols, FAs, alkanes etc.)
- Faecal Contamination
- Species tracking
- Human-Animal-Environment Interactions
- Field and labwork
- Anderson, David G., Harrault, Loïc, Milek, Karen B., Forbes, Bruce C., Kuoppamaa, Mari & Plekhanov, Andreĭ V. (2019). Animal domestication in the high Arctic: Hunting and holding reindeer on the I͡Amal peninsula, northwest Siberia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 55: 101079.
- Jardé, Emilie, Jeanneau, Laurent, Harrault, Loïc, Quenot, Emmanuelle, Solecki, Olivia, Petitjean, Patrice, Lozach, Solen, Chevé, Julien & Gourmelon, Michèle (2018). Application of a microbial source tracking based on bacterial and chemical markers in headwater and coastal catchments. Science of The Total Environment 610-611: 55-63.
- Harrault, Loïc, Jardé, Emilie, Jeanneau, Laurent & Petitjean, Patrice (2014). Are fecal stanols suitable to record and identify a pulse of human fecal contamination in short-term exposed shellfish? A microcosm study. Marine Pollution Bulletin 89(1-2): 40-48.
- Harrault, Loïc, Allard, Béatrice, Mériguet, Jacques, Carmignac, David, Huon, Sylvain, Gauzens, Benoit & Lacroix, Gérard (2014). Bottom-up effects of lake sediment on pelagic food-web compartments: a mesocosm study. Freshwater Biology 59(8): 1695-1709.
- Harrault, Loïc, Jardé, Emilie, Jeanneau, Laurent & Petitjean, Patrice (2014). Development of the Analysis of Fecal Stanols in the Oyster Crassostrea gigas and Identification of Fecal Contamination in Shellfish Harvesting Areas. Lipids 49(6): 597-607.
- Guenet, Bertrand, Danger, Michael, Harrault, Loïc, Allard, Béatrice, Jauset-Alcala, Marta, Bardoux, Gérard, Benest, Danielle, Abbadie, Luc & Lacroix, Gérard (2014). Fast mineralization of land-born C in inland waters: first experimental evidences of aquatic priming effect. Hydrobiologia 721(1): 35-44.
- Harrault, Loïc, Allard, Béatrice, Danger, Michael, Maunory-Danger, Florence, Guilpart, Alexis & Lacroix, Gérard (2012). Influence of food-web structure on the biodegradability of lake sediment. Freshwater Biology 57(11): 2390-2400.
- 2017: Social-Ecological Transformations: HUMan-ANimal Relations Under Climate Change in NORthern Eurasia (HUMANOR). ESRC under the JPI Climate Initiative, £97,000, 01-08-2017 to 31-12-2018