Who we are
“Homme libre, toujours tu chériras la mer !”
The core team of CHORUS is composed of Cédric GERVAISE (senior scientist), Lucia DI IORIO (senior scientist) and Julie LOSSENT (junior scientist). This trinome shares the governance of CHORUS.
…dived from the sky to the ocean. After studying aeronautical engineering, C. Gervaise switched his interests towards signal processing and carried out a PhD thesis in inversion algorithms applied to physics at Toulouse University, France that he defended in 1999. In parallel, he spent most of his fee time pushing in scrums at the TUC. In 2000, he left the SW and headed to the Western tip of France, Brittany, where he carried out a Post-doc at ENSIETA (now: ENSTA Bretange) and started a career as lecturer. In 2001 he begins his research activity in passive acoustics, more specifically in ocean passive tomography in collaboration with the SHOM. After meeting Michel André (LAB UP) and Yvan Simard (UQAR ISMER), C. Gervaise progressively shifts his research activities towards passive acoustic monitoring of marine environments. In 2009, he spends a sabbatical at UQAR ISMER with Yvan Simard during which he studies the acoustics of the St Lawrence Estuary (ships and marine mammals). Back in France at the end of 2009, he meets and starts working with Lucia Di Iorio. The complementary nature of their competences and the same passion for research contribute to accelerate his mutation towards topics in acoustic ecology. To better elaborate his new research perspectives he leaves ENSTA Bretagne in 2011, joins the Gipsa Lab in Grenoble and creates the chair CHORUS together with L. Di Iorio in 2013 on marine soundscpae ecology. Since 2014, C. Gervaise collaborates with the Water Agency RMC and became the operator of the Mediterranean passive acoustic observatory network.
C. Gervaise supervised 7 PhD theses and obtained his habilitation to direct research (HDR) in 2012.
Lucia DI IORIO
…listens to the ocean since more than 10 years. Her self-funded theses, defended in 2009 and carried out between the University of Zurich (Switzerland), department of animal behaviour, and the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University (USA), looked at the evolution of communication in whales and the impact of anthropogenic noise. Specifically, she studied how acoustic communication in North-Atlantic blue whales (Quebec, Canada) is shaped by the social structure and behaviour of the animals as well as by environmental and human-induced factors. She left her long term field site, the St Lawrence Estuary to cross the Atlantic and settle down in Brittany (France). During a post-doc fellowship at the ENSTA-Bretagne (Brest, France), when she started working with her colleague Cédric Gervaise and a research assistantship at the Gipsa-lab (Grenoble INP, France), her scientific interests shifted more and more towards soundscape ecology and applied passive acoustics in an ecosystemic context. Together with C. Gervaise, she founded CHORUS in 2013. Her main interests are to use passive acoustics to better understand marine ecosystem functioning, health and dynamics. More specifically she likes to decompose soundscapes and to investigate how the biophony (eophony of animal sounds, from invertebrates to marine mammals) is shaped by the environment (natural and anthropogenic) and how these acoustic cues can be used as biological proxies to infer information on organism-environment relationships. Since 2014, CHORUS collaborates with the Water Agency RMC on R&D projects around soundscape ecology. L. Di Iorio feels very lucky to apply CHORUS’ research activities to concrete, large-scale and long-term management programs through projects on environmental monitoring and status survey.
Dr. Valérie Bonnardel was the director of the Grenoble INP Foundation from 2012 until 2017. She graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Marseille and obtained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. V. Bonnardel has a very diverse professional career that allowed her to strengthen her initial competences in chemistry but also to develop new skills in technology transfer, marketing, business and project management. Her experience has always been dedicated to R&D programs around the world (France, Northern Europe, Switzerland, United States, New Zealand). V. Bonnardel began her professional career as a key account manager and director of the clients support department for the chemical industry of AKZO NOBEL. She then became head of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships of the L’Oreal’s Advanced Research Center and finally director of the scientific administration department of advanced research. With the help of a multidisciplinary team of 11 engineers (biology, computer science, chemistry, processes, patents), she invented, built and implemented a steering system for innovation that turned to be a strategic issue for the company. V. Bonnardel left L’Oréal in March 2012 to become the direction of the Grenoble INP Foundation. She managed all programs as well as the majority of the fund raising campaigns necessary to realize them. V. Bonnardel is member of the CHORUS Institute steering committee and core management consultant.