Dr Audrey Recouvreur


Audrey completed her PhD in marine sedimentology at University of Bordeaux in EPOC lab with research on the morphology, architecture and establishment of a deep canyon supplied carbonate environment in northern Bahamas after participating in the CARAMBAR II cruise.

Her research focuses on the architecture of deep systems and the association with their geomorphology to reconstruct sedimentary evolution and sediment transfers occurring from shallow to abyssal domains. These themes are developed within her work through the study of Bahamian sites that can be divide in two main environments: Carbonate slopes (Little Bahama Bank, Exuma Valley) and their associated abyssal plains (Blake Bahama Abyssal Plain, San Salvador Abyssal Plain).

Her work focuses also on the impact of large-scale structures such as canyons on the sediment transfer and sedimentation and on the link of sedimentary features such as knickpoints, contouritic deposits and carbonate mounds with hydrodynamic conditions.

Audrey is currently working on the BeTar_Drill project researching bedrock suitability mapping to identify and sample rock types outcropping on the Irish continental margin towards the development of a geological map and stratigraphic model for Ireland’s deep-water territories.

Research Interests

Geomorphology; sedimentology; carbonate environments; canyons; seismic architecture


Recouvreur, A., Mulder, T., Betzler., C, Hanquiez., V., 2021. Seismic architecture of the carbonate contouritic Blake Plateau, cold water carbonate mounds and northern Bahamas Cenozoic hydrodynamic changes. Under reviews. Marine Geology.

Recouvreur, A., Fabregas, N., Mulder, T., Hanquiez, V., Fauquembergue, K., Tournadour, E., Gillet, H., Borgomano, J., Poli, E., Kucharski, JB., Wilk, S., 2020. Geomorphology of a modern carbonate slope system and associated sedimentary processes: Example of the giant Great Abaco Canyon, Bahamas. Sedimentology. https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12777

Goff, J.L., Recouvreur, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Mulder, T., Ducassou, E., Perellò, M.-C., Hanquiez, V., Gillet, H., Cavailhes, T., Fabregas, N., 2020. Linking carbonate sediment transfer to seafloor morphology: Insights from Exuma Valley, the Bahamas. Sedimentology. https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12794

Mulder, T., Ducassou, E., Hanquiez, V., Principaud, M., Fauquembergue, K., Tournadour, E., Chabaud, L., Reijmer, J., Recouvreur, A., Gillet, H., Borgomano, J., Schmitt, A., Moal, P., 2019. Contour current imprints and contourite drifts in the Bahamian archipelago. Sedimentology 66, 1192–1221. https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12587

Mulder, T., Gillet, H., Hanquiez, V., Reijmer, J.J.G., Droxler, A.W., Recouvreur, A., Fabregas, N., Cavailhes, T., Fauquembergue, K., Blank, D.G., Guiastrennec, L., Seibert, C., Bashah, S., Bujan, S., Ducassou, E., Principaud, M., Conesa, G., Le Goff, J., Ragusa, J., Busson, J., Borgomano, J., 2018. Into the deep: A coarse-grained carbonate turbidite valley and canyon in ultra-deep carbonate setting. Marine Geology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2018.11.003

Mulder, T., Gillet, H., Hanquiez, V., Ducassou, E., Fauquembergue, K., Principaud, M., Conesa, G., Goff, J.L., Ragusa, J., Bashah, S., Bujan, S., Reijmer, J.J.G., Cavailhes, T., Droxler, A.W., Blank, D.G., Guiastrennec, L., Fabregas, N., Recouvreur, A., Seibert, C., 2017. Carbonate slope morphology revealing a giant submarine canyon (Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas). Geology. https://doi.org/10.1130/G39527.1

Dr Audrey Recouvreur

Contact Details:



Marine Geosciences Research Group

University College Cork

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, North Mall Campus, University College Cork, North Mall, Cork City, T23 TK30