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Savoye Nicolas

Nicolas Savoye obtained his PhD degree in 2001 at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (Brest, France). His doctoral thesis is entitled « Origine et transfert de matière organique particulaire dans les écosystèmes littoraux macrotidaux ». From 2001 to 2005 he occupied a Post Doc position in the dept. of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He implemented the methodology for assessment of export production based on the 234Th deficit approach. Presently he has a permanent position at the Observatoire Aquitain des Sciences de l’Univers, Arcachon (France) Primary and export production: a multi-proxy approach. Nicolas is phycisian joining the National Council of Astronomes and Physicians.


List of publications

Waples, J., M. Baskaran, C. Benitez-Nelson, Ö. Gustafsson, B. Moran, M. Rutgers van der Loeff, N. Savoye, S. Schmidt. 234Th in aquatic systems: state of the art and future applications. Marine Chemistry special volume, accepted.

Savoye N., C. Benitez-Nelson, A. Burd, K. Cochran, M. Charette, K. Buesseler, G. Jakson, M. Roy-Barman, S. Schmidt and M. Elskens. An overview of techniques used to model 234Th in the water column. Marine Chemistry special volume, accepted.

Rutgers van der Loeff, M., M.M. Sarin, M. Baskaran, C. Benitez-Nelson, K. Buesseler, M. Charette, M. Dai, Ö. Gustafsson, P. Masque, P. Morris, K. Orlandini, A. Rodriguez y Baena, N. Savoye, S. Schmidt, R. Turnewitsch, I. Vöge, J. Waples. New methodologies and techniques for 234Th analysis. Marine Chemistry special volume, accepted.

Buesseler, K.O., C. R. Benitez-Nelson, S. B. Moran, A. Burd, M. Charette, J. K. Cochran, L. Coppola, N. S. Fisher, S. W. Fowler, W. D. Gardner, L. D. Guo, O. Gustafsson, C. Lamborg, P. Masque, J. C. Miquel, U. Passow, P. H. Santschi, N. Savoye, G. Stewart, and T. Trull. An assessment of particulate organic carbon to thorium-234 ratios in the ocean and their impact on the application of 234Th as a POC flux proxy. Marine Chemistry special volume, accepted.

Cardinal D., L. Alleman, F. Dehairs, N. Savoye, T. T. Trull, L. André, 2005. Relevance of silicon isotopes to Si-nutrient utilization and fingerprint Si-source in Antarctic waters. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 19, GB2007, doi :10.1029/2004GB002364.

Ragueneau O., N. Savoye, Y. del Amo, J. Cotten, B. Tardiveau, A. Leynaert, 2005. Towards a routine measurement of biogenic silica in suspended matter of coastal waters. Continental Shelf Research, 25, 697-710.

Cardinal D., N. Savoye, T. T. Trull, L. André, E. E. Kopczynska, F. Dehairs, 2005. Particulate Ba distributions and fluxes suggest latitudinal variations of carbon mineralisation in the Southern Ocean. Deep-Sea Research I, 52, 355-370.

Pike S.M., K.O. Buesseler, J. Andrews and N. Savoye, 2005. Quantification of 234Th Recovery in small volume sea water samples by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 263 (2), 355-360.

Savoye, N., K.O. Buesseler, D. Cardinal and F. Dehairs, 2004. 234Th deficit and excess in the Southern Ocean during spring 2001: particle export and remineralization. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L12301, doi: 10.1029/2004GL019744.

Savoye N., F. Dehairs, M. Elskens, D. Cardinal, E. E. Kopczynska, T. T. Trull, S. Wright, W. Baeyens, B. Griffiths, 2004. Regional variation of spring N-uptake and new production in the Southern Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L03301, doi: 10.1029/2003GL018946.

Lorrain A., N. Savoye, L. Chauvaud, Y-M. Paulet and N. Naulet, 2003. Effects of decarbonation and storage treatments on organic C and N contents and on stable isotope (δ13C and δ15N) ratios of suspended particulate material. Analytica Chimica Acta, 491, 125-133.

Savoye N., A. Aminot, P. Tréguer, M. Fontugne, N. Naulet and R. Kerouel, 2003. Dynamics of particulate organic matter δ15N and δ13C during spring phytoplankton blooms in a macrotidal ecosystem (Bay of Seine, France). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 255, 27-41.

Lorrain A., Y-M. Paulet, L. Chauvaud, N. Savoye, A. Donval and C. Saout, 2002. Differential δ13C and δ15N signatures among scallop tissues: implications for ecology and physiology. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 275, 47-61.

Lorrain A., Y-M. Paulet, L. Chauvaud, N. Savoye, E. Nézan and L. Guérin, 2000. Growth anomalies in Pecten maximus from coastal waters (Bay of Brest, France): relationship with diatom blooms. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 80, 667-673.

Elskens M., A. DeBrauwere, W. Baeyens, C. Beucher, R. Corvaisier, N. Savoye and P. Tréguer. Reliability of biogenic silica production and dissolution rates estimated with stable isotope enrichment and dilution techniques. Marine Chemistry, submitted.


Savoye, N., 2001. Origine et transfert de matière organique particulaire dans les écosystèmes littoraux macrotidaux. Thèse de doctorat de l’Université de Bretagne Occidentale (Brest), 324 pp.

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Savoye Nicolas
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Analytische en Milieuchemie
Pleinlaan 2 - 1000 Brussel

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