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Sébastien Lefebvre

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Professeur des universités à l’université de Lille1 sciences et technologies

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Station Marine Tél : 03 21 99 29 25
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62930 Wimereux, france Email :

Team FEBEPI "Benthic ecosystem functionning and processes at the sediment-water and sediment-atmosphere interfaces"

Research topics

- Physiological ecology of benthic and planktonic microalgae (photobiology…)
- Physiological ecology of bivalves (nutrition processes, growth…)
- Trophic interactions in coastal ecosystems (stable isotopes, fatty acids…)
- Modelling of biological processes at the organism or ecosystem scales


  • 1996 : Engineer degree in agronomy Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs et de Techniciens pour l’Agriculture (ESITPA Rouen)
  • 2000 : PhD in marine ecology (University of Nantes)
  • 2007 : accreditation to direct research (HDR, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie)


Past : 2001-2009 Associate professor/lecturer IUT /Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Recent publications (pdf on request)

- Lefebvre S., Probert I., Lefrançois C., Hussenot J., 2004. Outdoor phytoplankton continuous culture in a marine fish-phytoplankton-bivalve integrated system : combined effects of dilution rate and ambient conditions on growth rate, biomass and nutrient cycling. Aquaculture, 240 : 211-231.

- Houdan A., Probert I., Van Lenning K., Lefebvre S., 2005. Comparison of photosynthetic responses in diploid and haploid life cycle phases of Emiliania huxleyi (Prymnesiophyceae). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 292 : 39-46.

- Houdan A., Véron B., Claquin P., Lefebvre S., Poncet J.M. 2005. Cryopreservation of the coccolithophore, Emiliania huxleyi (Haptophyta, Prymnesiophyceae). Journal of Applied Phycology. 17 : 413-422.

- Jouenne F., Lefebvre S., Véron B., Lagadeuc Y, 2005. Biological and physicochemical factors controlling diel variability in phytoplankton primary production and photosynthetic parameters in a macrotidal ecosystem (eastern English Channel). Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. 65 : 421-439.

- Perkins R.G., Mouget J-L., Lefebvre S., Lavaud J., 2006. Light response curve methodology and the application of chlorophyll fluorescence to benthic diatoms. Marine Biology, 149, 703-712.

- Pouvreau S., Bourles Y., Lefebvre S., Gangnery A., Alunno-Bruscia M., 2006 Application of a dynamic energy budget model to the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, reared under various controlled conditions. Journal of Sea Research, 56 : 156-167.

- Jouenne F., Lefebvre S., Véron B., Lagadeuc Y., 2007. Phytoplankton community structure and primary production in a small intertidal estuarine-bay (eastern English Channel, France). Marine Biology, 151 : 805-825.

- Lefebvre S., Mouget J.L., Loret P., Tremblin G., 2007. Comparison between fluorimetry and oxymetry techniques to measure photosynthesis in the diatom Skeletonema costatum cultivated under simulated seasonal conditions. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology : B Biology, 86 : 131-139.

- Dubois S., Orvain F., Marin Leal J.C., Ropert M., Lefebvre S., 2007. Small scale spatial variability of food partitioning between cultivated oysters and associated suspension-feeding species as revealed by stable isotopes. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 336 : 151-160.

- Dubois S., Marin-Leal J.C., Ropert M., Lefebvre S., 2007. Effects of oyster farming on macrofaunal assemblages associated with Lanice conchilega tubeworm populations : a trophic analysis using natural stable isotope. Aquaculture, 271 : 336-349.

- Pannard A., Bormans M., Lefebvre S., Claquin P., Lagadeuc Y, 2007. Size distribution and community structure of phytoplankton : influence of nutrient availability and sedimentary loss. Journal of Plankton Research, 29 : 583-598.

- Dubois S., Blin J-L, Bouchaud B., Lefebvre S. 2007. Isotope trophic step fractionation of suspension-feeding species : implications for food partitioning in coastal ecosystems. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 351 : 121-128.

- Marin-Leal J.C., Dubois S., Orvain F., Ourry A., Bataillé M.P., Galois R., Blin J.L., Ropert M., Lefebvre S. 2008. Stable isotope (δ13C and δ15N) and modelling as tools to estimate the trophic ecology of cultivated oysters in two contrasting environments. Marine Biology, 153 : 673-688.

- Claquin P., Probert I., Lefebvre S., Véron B. 2008 Temperature effects on photosynthetic parameters and TEP production in eight species of marine microalgae. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 51, 1-11.

- Mouget J-L., Perkins R, Consalvey M., Lefebvre S. 2008. Migration or photoacclimation to prevent photoinhibition and UV-B damage in marine microphytobenthic communities. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 52, 223-232.

- Grangeré, K., Lefebvre S., Ménesguen A., Jouenne F., 2009. On the interest of using field primary production data to calibrate phytoplankton rate processes in ecosystem models. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 81, 169-178.

- Lefebvre S., Marin-Leal J.C., Dubois S., Orvain F., Blin J-L., Bataillé M.P., Ourry A., Galois R., 2009. Seasonal dynamics of trophic relationships between benthic suspension feeders within Crassostrea gigas culture areas. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 82, 415-425.

- Grangeré K., Ménesguen A., Lefebvre S., Bacher C., Pouvreau S., 2009. Modelling the influence of environmental factors on year-to-year variability of the physiological status of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas in an estuarine embayment, the Baie des Veys (France). Journal of Sea Research, 62, 147-158.

- Lefebvre S., Harma C., Blin J.-L., 2009. Trophic typology of coastal ecosystems based on δ13C and δ15N ratios in an opportunistic suspension feeder. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 390, 27-37.

- Grangeré K, Lefebvre S., Bacher C., Cugier P., Menesguen A., 2010. Modelling the spatial heterogeneity of ecological processes in an intertidal estuarine bay : dynamic interactions between bivalves and phytoplankton. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 415, 141-158

- Perkins R, Kromkamp JC, Serodio J, Lavaud J, Jesus B, Mouget JL, Lefebvre S., Forster RM., 2010. The application of variable chlorophyll fluorescence to microphytobenthic biofilms Chap. 12. In : Suggett, D.J., Borowitzka, M.A. Prasil O (eds) Chlorophyll a Fluorescence in Aquatic Sciences : Methods and Applications. Developments in Applied Phycology, vol. 4, Springer, 237-275

- Lefebvre S., Mouget J-L., Lavaud J., 2011. Duration of rapid light curves for determining in situ the photosynthesis of microphytobenthos biofilm. Aquatic Botany, 95, 1-8.

- Emmery A., Lefebvre S., Alunno-Bruscia M., Kooijman S.A.L.M., 2011. Understanding the dynamics of δ13C and δ15N in soft tissues of the bivalve Crassostrea gigas facing environmental fluctuations in the context of Dynamic Energy Budgets (DEB). Journal of Sea Research, 66, 361-371.

- Napoléon C., Raimbault V., Fiant L., Riou P., Lefebvre S., Lampert L., Claquin P., 2012. Spatiotemporal dynamics of physicochemical and photosynthetic parameters in the central English Channel. Journal of Sea Research, 69, 43-52.

- Orvain F., Le Hir P., Sauriau P-G., Lefebvre S., 2012. Modelling the effects of macrofauna on sediment transport and bed elevation : application over a cross-shore mudflat profile and model validation. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 108 : 64-75.

- Grangeré K., Lefebvre S., Blin J.L. 2012. Spatial and temporal dynamics of biotic and abiotic features of temperate coastal ecosystems as revealed by a combination of ecological indicators. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 108 : 109-118.

- Orvain F., Lefebvre S., Montepini J., Sébire M., Gangnery A., Sylvand B., 2012. Spatial and temporal interaction between sediment and microphytobentos in a temperate estuarine macro-intertidal bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 458 : 53-68.

- Gaudron S.M., Lefebvre S., Nunes Jorge A., Gaill F., Pradillon F., 2012. Spatial and temporal variations in food web structure from newly-opened habitat at hydrothermal vents. Marine Environmental Research, 77 : 129-140.

- Lefebvre S., Claquin P., Orvain F., Véron B., Charpy L. 2012. Spatial and temporal dynamics of size-structured photosynthetic parameters (PAM) and primary production (13C) of pico- and nano-phytoplankton in an atoll lagoon. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65 : 478-489.

- Ubertini M., Lefebvre S., Gangnery A., Grangeré K., Le Gendre R., Orvain F., 2012. Spatial Variability of Benthic-Pelagic Coupling in an Estuary Ecosystem : Consequences for Microphytobenthos Resuspension Phenomenon. Plos One 7(8) e44155. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044155

- Rombouts I., Beaugrand G., Artigas L.F., Dauvin J.C., Gevaert F., Goberville E., Kopp D., Lefebvre S., Luczak C., Spilmont N., Travers-Trollet M., Villanueva M.C., Kirby R.R., 2013. Evaluating marine ecosystem health : case studies of indicators using direct observations and modeling methods. Ecological indicators, 24 : 353-365.

- Marchetti J., Bougaran G., Jauffrais T., Lefebvre S., Rouxel C., Saint-Jean B., Lukomska E., Robert R., Cadoret J.P., 2013. Effects of blue light on the biochemical composition and photosynthetic activity of Isochrysis sp. (T-iso). Journal of Applied Phycology, 25 : 109-119.

- Callier M., Lefebvre S., Dunagan M.K., Bataillé M.P., Coughlan J., Crowe T., 2013. Shift in benthic assemblages and organisms’ diet under salmon farms : community structure and stable isotope analyses. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 483:153-167.

- Houliez E., Lizon F., Lefebvre S., Artigas L.F., Schmitt F., 2013. Short-term variability and control of phytoplankton photosynthetic activity in a macrotidal ecosystem (The strait of Dover, eastern English channel). Marine Biology, 160:1661-1679.

- Orvain F., De Crignis M., Guizien K., Lefebvre S., Mallet C., Takahashi E., Dupuy C. (2014) Tidal and seasonal effects on the short-term temporal patterns of bacteria, microphytobenthos and exopolymers in natural intertidal biofilms (Brouage, France) Journal of Sea Research, 92 : 6-18.

- Saint-Béat B., Dupuy C. Agogué H., Carpentier A. Chalumeau J., Como S., David V., De Crignis M., Duchêne J.C. Fontaine C., Feunteun E. Guizien K. Hartmann H., Lavaud J., Lefebvre S., Lefrançois C. Mallet C., Montanié H., Mouget J.L. Orvain F., Ory P., Pascal P.Y., Radenac G., Richard P., Vézina A., Niquil N., 2014 How does the resuspension of the biofilm alter the functioning of the benthos-pelagos coupled food web of a bare mudflat in Marennes-Oléron Bay (NE Atlantic) ? Journal of Sea Research, 92 : 144-157.

- Orvain F., Guizien K., Lefebvre S., Bréret M., Dupuy C. (2014) Relevance of macrozoobenthic grazers to understand the dynamic behaviour of sediment erodibility and microphytobenthos resuspension in sunny summer conditions. Journal of Sea Research. 92 : 46-55.

- Chouvelon T., Chappuis A., Bustamante P., Lefebvre S., Mornet F., Guillou G., Violamer L., Dupuy C.(2014) Trophic ecology of European sardine Sardina pilchardus and European anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus in the Bay of Biscay (north-east Atlantic) inferred from δ13C and δ15N values of fish and identified mesozooplanktonic organisms. Journal of sea Research, 85 : 277-291

- Ubertini M., Lefebvre S., Rakotomalala C., Orvain F., 2015. Impact of sediment grain-size and biofilm development age on epipelic microphytobenthos resuspension. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 467 : 52-64.

- Kopp D., Lefebvre S., Cachera M., Villanueva M.C., Ernande B., 2015. Reorganization of a marine trophic network along an inshore-offshore gradient due to stronger pelagic-benthic coupling in coastal areas. Progress in Oceanography, 130 : 157-171.

- Houliez E, Lizon F, Lefebvre S, Artigas L F, Schmitt F.G. (2015) Phytoplankton photosynthetic activity dynamics in a temperate macrotidal ecosystem (the Strait of Dover, eastern English Channel) : Time scales of variability and environmental control. Journal of Marine Systems, 147:61-75

- Buzin F., Dupuy B., Lefebvre S., Barillé L., Haure J.(2015) Storage of Pacific oysters Crassostrea gigas in recirculating tank : ammonia excretion and potential nitrification rates. Aquaculture Engineering, 64 : 8-14.

- Gaudron, S.M., Grangeré, K., Lefebvre, S. (2016). The comparison of δ13C values of a deposit- and a suspension-feeder bio-indicates benthic vs. Pelagic couplings and trophic status in contrasted coastal ecosystems. Estuaries and Coasts, 39 (3) : 731-741.