Loïc N. Michel

Research scientist

Ifremer Brittany

About me

I’m a marine ecologist broadly interested in how food web structure and trophic interactions influence ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. I’m also interested in how natural or anthropogenic environmental variations impact animal feeding, and how ecological plasticity mediates marine consumers’ response to change. I mostly tackle those issues by using polar and deep-sea benthic invertebrates as ecological models, and by developing approaches based on trophic markers, notably stable isotopes.


  • Food webs
  • Ecological interactions
  • Trophic markers
  • Functional ecology
  • Anthropogenic impacts
  • Global change
  • Invertebrate zoology


  • PhD in Biology of Organisms and Ecology, 2011

    University of Liège (BE)

  • MAS in Oceanology, 2007

    University of Liège (BE)

  • MSc in Animal Biology, 2005

    University of Liège (BE)

Recent news

New paper - Importance of sea ice for Arctic food webs

Right on time for the holiday break, our newest paper is out in Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. It was lead by Gustavo …

DeepIso v1 is live!

It is a great pleasure to finally introduce DeepIso (A global open database of stable isotope ratios and elemental contents for …

20 Mo under the seas

Last weekend (03-05/10/2020), alongside many Ifremer and Océanopolis colleagues, we hosted the “20 Mo under the seas” event …

ARDECO successfully funded

We just received the amazing news that our project ARDECO (Assessing Resilience of DEep COrals) was selected for funding by the French …

Review paper: State of art and best practices for fatty acid analysis in aquatic sciences

In November 2018, we hosted the “ Lipids in the ocean: Structure, function, ecological role and applications” conference in …


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  • Deep Environment Laboratory / Laboratoire Environnement Profond (LEP)
    Ifremer Brittany / Ifremer Centre de Bretagne
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    29280 Plouzané
  • Building Emile Postel, 1st floor, room 217B.01.29