Royal Museum for Central Africa
Department of Earth Sciences
Natural Hazards Service (GeoRiskA)
Past and current research
I am a geologist specialized in geo-hazard assessment and risk management. From 2007 to 2011, I worked as a junior scientist at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Belgium, where I have acquired my first 5-years of field experience in Central Africa, especially in the Virunga Volcanic Province (VVP), a volcanic region located in the western branch of the East African Rift. My research implies the combined use of satellite- and UAS-based 2D/3D remote sensing (optical + radar), GIS and field surveys to study and monitor volcano-tectonic activity and geohazards, with a specific focus on the East African Rift System.
From 2012 to 2015, I developed a PhD research funded by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg (AFR Grant n°3221321) under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas d’Oreye (European Center for Geodynamics & Seismology, Luxembourg), Prof. Matthieu Kervyn (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) and Dr. François Kervyn (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium), entitled: “Dynamics of volcanic activity in a youthful extensional setting studied by means of remote sensing and ground-based monitoring techniques: Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes (North Kivu, D.R. Congo) ». The public defense of the Thesis took place on 4th March 2016, at the VUB.
Since April 2016, I work full-time for the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), in the Natural Hazards Service (GeoRiskA) of the Earth Science Department. My current research mostly focuses on developing the expertise of my service in photogrammetry and ground-, air- and space-based remote sensing. For the MUZUBI project (BELSPO STEREO-III PRogramme), I produced a time-series of accurate digital topographic models of the Nyiragongo crater, at a decimetre-scale resolution, based on UAS-based image acquisitions performed during field expedtions on top of the volcano and inside its active crater. For the PAStECA project (BELSPO BRAIN-be Programme), I have developed a processing workflow to scan, prepare and process the historical aerial photographs archived at the RMCA to produce orthomosaics of Central African zones, highlighting the land use and land cover of the 1940’s, up to the 1980’s. I am now about to mass process SAR, optical and thermal imagery from the last generations of satellites, in order to study the dynamics of persistent lava lakes (VeRSUS project, BELSPO STEREO-III Programme). My skills in remote sensing and photogrammetry also help my colleagues with their research on thematic mapping, hazard/vulnerability/risk assessment, and geohazard studies (mostly landslides and volcanoes).
Ongoing research projects:
- PAStECA Project (BELSPO BRAIN-be Programme; 2017-2021)
- HARISSA Project (Belgian Cooperation, AC Programme; 2019-2023)
- VeRSUS Project (BELSPO STEREO-III Programme; 2019-2021)
- 2016-present – Postdoc Researcher, Dpt. of Earth Sciences, Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium
- 2016 – Postdoc Researcher, European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology (ECGS), Luxembourg
- 2012-2015 – PhD Researcher, European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology (ECGS), Luxembourg
- 2007-2011 – Junior Researcher, Dpt. of Earth Sciences, Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium
- 2012-2016 – PhD Thesis in Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
- 2006-2007 – MSc in Natural Risk Management, University of Liège (ULg), Belgium
- 2005-2006 – Agrégation en Sciences, University of Namur (FUNDP), Belgium
- 2003-2005 – MSc in Geology, University of Liège (ULg), Belgium
- 2001-2003 – BSc in Geology, University of Namur (FUNDP), Belgium
Grants and Prices
- 2013 – FNR Award for the Outstanding Promotion of Science to the Public
- 2012-2015 – AFR PhD Grant n°3221321, FNR Luxembourg
- 2011 – Laureate of the Belgian Foundation for the Vocation, Grant 2011