Hello and welcome to my personal page. I am a PhD student in earth sciences and more specifically in the field of hydrogeology. My main professional interests are:
- interpretation of well hydrographs ;
- flow and heat transfer in porous media ;
- instrumentation and data acquisition in the field ;
- numerical modeling.
I also have an interest in the development of software and scripts in Python or Matlab programming languages.
Academic Background and Research Projects
- PhD IN EARTH SCIENCES (2010 – present)
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Quebec, Qc, Canada
[ + ] Research Project : Interpretation and Valorisation of Well Hydrographs
My PhD project, carried out under the direction of Professor Richard Martel and co-direction of the researcher Christine Rivard and Professor Claudio Paniconi, focuses on the interpretation of water level time series acquired in about thirty observation wells in Montérégie Est, southern Quebec, Canada. The main objective is to characterize and quantify the degree of confinement and groundwater recharge of the regional bedrock aquifer. This issue is of general interest because it is common practice in projects for regional hydrogeological characterization to measure the water level in observation wells on a daily, and even on an hourly basis. However, the interpretation and valorisation of these data are not always obvious, which probably explains their underused in many projects.
More specifically, I work to develop a methodology for facilitating the interpretation and valorisation of observation well hydrographs in projects for hydrogeological characterization at the local and regional scales. This will be accompanied with scripts and programs written in Python that automate several manipulations which make the interpretation of water level measurements a time-consuming and tedious task. For example, RAINBIRD is a free, open source, and user-friendly cross-platform interactive computer program that I developed for rapid and automatic downloading and completion of daily meteorological records. This software is available free of charge for download on this site (please see the link located in the right margin of this page).
In addition, after my master degree, flow and heat transfer in porous media has remained one of my research topic of interest. A substantial part of my PhD has been devoted to study the impacts of water percolation on the soil thermal regime in the vadose zone. The purpose of this study is to see if measurements of soil temperature over time could be use for estimating groundwater recharge. An article on this topic is actually in preparation.
- MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING (2007 – 2009)
Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Qc, Canada
[ + ] Research Project : Thermodynamics of Sea Ice
My thesis project was carried out under the direction of Professor Éric Hudier in the field of physical oceanography, and more specifically on the modeling of the thermal evolution of sea ice during the melt period. Surprisingly, this field of study is not as disconnected from hydrogeology as one might think. Indeed, the ice covering the northern seas is a permeable porous medium through which flows are possible. Since the matrix of pure ice is in phase equilibrium with the interstitial water (brine), these flows have a direct impact on the thermal evolution of sea ice over time and must be considered in ice melt models.
- BACHELOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (2002 – 2006)
Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada
INRS-ETE, Quebec, Qc, Canada
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