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Dr. Jérôme Harlay

Department of Environment

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Dr. Nuette Gordon 

Head of the Department of Environment


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Focus areas: Ocean Acidification, Coastal Ecosystem metabolism

BERI Focal Point: Ocean Chemistry, Chemical Water Quality, Ocean Acidification

Dr. Jerome Harlay obtained his PhD at the University of Brussels, Belgium, in 2009 in the field of Oceanography. He studied the impact on calcifying phytoplankton of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) conditions in a Climate Change perspective and expanded his research activities towards greenhouse gases measurement and the processes that affect their distribution, including biological pelagic processes, air-sea exchange and bentho-pelagic coupling. He is an expert in marine carbonate chemistry and a reviewer in several international scientific publications in his domain.

Dr. Harlay has been working in different universities and institutes worldwide, including the University of Liege (Belgium), National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium), the University of Hawai’i (USA). At the University of Seychelles, as a senior lecturer, he is teaching environmental sciences with emphasis on the marine component. As a principal investigator with BERI, his main areas of interest are blue carbon, sequestration, coastal ecosystem conservation and Ocean Acidification.

He is leading the Seagrass Mapping and Carbon Assessment project with Oxford University (PEW Charitable Trusts funding) and is a national focal point for the IAEA’s RAF7020 programme of IAEA on Blue carbon sequestration.

  • Seychelles Seagrass Mapping and Carbon Project, 
  • Monitoring of Ocean Acidification, Seychelles, 
  • RECOS – Coastal Resilience project
  • Dr. Fridtjof Nansen (2018) 
  • NEKTON “First Descent”, Seychelles (2019) 

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