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 UAV-based 2D/3D remote sensing (optical + radar), GIS and field surveys to study and monitor volcanio-tectonic activity and geohazards, with a specific focus on the East African Rift System.
From 2012 to 2016, 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.
Nowadays, I am still working on the Virunga volcanoes to improve our understanding of the volcanic activity, the monitoring of the volcanoes and the assessement of related hazards. My current objectives are the development of camera systems to monitor and measure the lava lake activity of Nyiragongo, the development of UAV remote sensing approaches to study volcanic activity and the development of a bibliographic database on the Virunga, which will include unpublished and difficult-to-access documents, often coming from colonial and post-colonial archives. I am also part ot the PAStECA project (BELSPO BRAIN-be Programme), for which 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.
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