Dr Guillaume Michel


Guillaume Michel is a Ph.D in marine geosciences with expertise in mapping and characterising both seabed and subseabed. The topic of his Ph.D (IFREMER/UPMC/TOTAL, France) was to characterize the South Aquitaine Margin microbial methane fluid system: from its initiation to its evolution with regards to the Aquitaine margin geology. Guillaume’s research is oriented towards integrated studies based on geomorphology, sedimentology, geophysics and sometimes geochemistry. As automatization and machine learning techniques are applied to marine geosciences, Guillaume has been exploring the potential of these methods to map complex environments such as estuaries (CNRS, UMR M2C, France), and also characterise the migration hydraulic features as dunes and mega-sandwaves (Rouen University, UMR M2C, France).

Now, Guillaume is working within the framework of the I-MORE (Informing and Mapping the Offshore Renewable Environment) project to identify pilote sites for offshore windfarms. This study is an integrated study, mostly focused on the characterisation of the subseabed, combining geophysics and geotechnical methods. The mapping of the seabed geomorphology and sediment cover is also taken into account as a constraint map. Guillaume is working on the exploration of the constraint map established by Coughlan et al. (2020) and aims to extend it. On the area already covered by the constraint map, subseabed exploration is being performed to produce a ground model which will be used during the prospective site exploration.

Research Interests

2021 : SELINE project (Rouen university, France), 3 surveys in the Seine River, France. Head of mission.

2019: AUPASED project  (CRNS, France), 3 surveys in the Orne, Somme Bay and Belon estuaries. Head of mission.

2015: GITAN cruise (IFREMER) R/V « Pourquoi pas ? », Bay of Biscay. Multibeam data and water column backscatter data acquisition supervisor.

2014: PAMELA-MOZ1 cruise (IFREMER) R/V « L’Atalante », Mozambic Channel. Multibeam data and water column backscatter data acquisition assistant.


Michel, G., Le Bot, S., Lesourd, S., & Lafite, R. (2021). Morpho-sedimentological and dynamic patterns in a ria type estuary: the Belon estuary (South Brittany, France). Journal of Maps, 1-12.

Michel Guillaume, Le Bot Sophie, Lesourd Sandric, Legrain Magalie, Levaillant Romain, Simon Michel, Lafite Robert (2020). Data from marine grab samples collected during the AUPASED surveys. SEANOE. https://doi.org/10.17882/74515

Le Roy, P., Jorry, S. J., Jouet, G., Ehrhold, A., Michel, G., Gautier, V., & Guérin, C. (2019). Late Pleistocene evolution of the mixed siliciclastic and carbonate southwestern New Caledonia continental shelf/lagoon. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.10.014

Michel, G., Dupré, S., Baltzer, A., Ehrhold, A., Imbert, P., Pitel, M., Loubrieu, B., Scalabrin, C., Lazure, P., Marié, L., Geldof, J., Deville, E. (2017). Pockmarks on the South Aquitaine Margin continental slope: The seabed expression of past fluid circulation and former bottom currents. Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 349(8), 391-401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crte.2017.10.003

Michel Guillaume, Dupre Stephanie, Saout Johan, Ehrhold Axel, Guerin Charline, Gautier Emeric, Breton Cecile, Bourillet Jean-Francois, Loubrieu Benoit (2017). Pockmark morphological attributes at the Aquitaine slope, GAZCOGNE1 (2013) and BOBGEO2 (2010) marine expeditions. SEANOE. https://doi.org/10.17882/48323

Dr Guillaume Michel

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