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

Jean Lebrun award

Christmas came early this year, and apparently I was on the right list, as the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of …

Open Southern Ocean sea star database published in Ecology

After a long time in the making, the paper describing our open database of trophic markers and biometric measurements in Southern Ocean …

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 …


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