Jean-Luc Loizeau

Dr Jean-Luc Loizeau

Academic staff. Senior lecturer. - Lake sedimentology, radioisotopic dating, pollution history

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since 1999 « Maître d’enseignement et de recherche » (Senior lecturer), University of Geneva
1992 - 1998 « Maître-assistant » (Lecturer), University of Geneva, Switzerland
1991 - 1992 Post-doc, Smithsonian Institution (Prof. D. Stanley), Washington D.C., USA
1987 - 1991 Teaching assistant, Earth Sciences section, University of Geneva, Switzerland
1983 - 1984 Field geologist (4 months), Boliden Mineral AB, Sweden
1982 Field geologist (3 months), Uromine project SNF, Switzerland


1981 - 1985 Bachelor in Earth Sciences, Faculty of sciences, University of Geneva
1985 - 1987 MSc in Earth Sciences, Faculty of sciences, University of Geneva
1987 - 1991 PhD in Earth Sciences « Recent sedimentation in the Rhone delta, Lake Geneva:
processes and evolution », University of Geneva


Researches focus on

  • Environmental sedimentology, geochemistry and chronology of lake and reservoir sediments (Lakes Geneva, Lugano, Annecy and Nantua (F), Babeni (RO), … and the anthropogenic impacts
  • Transport of contaminants in lakes using natural radioactive surrogates
  • Role of colloids in the transport of hydrophobic contaminants (mainly trace metals)

Manager of the environmental radioactivity and particle and colloid grain-size laboratories at the Institut F.-A. Forel


MSc course Introduction to System Analysis for the master in environmental sciences
MSc course Environmental modelling for the master in environmental sciences
MSc course Structure and functioning of aquatic systems for the master in environmental sciences
MSc course Environmental radioactivity (with Dr C. Degueldre)
MSc practical training Sediments and contaminants for the master in environmental sciences
MSc practical training Analysis of a watershed, Piora valley (TI) for the master in environmental sciences
Participation to various courses on aquatic systems at the University to Geneva and Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL)
Management of the diploma in natural environmental sciences of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (1993-2007)
Direction of master and PhD theses on aquatic ecosystems
ERASMUS coordinator for environmental sciences at the University of Geneva


Panel Member

  • Swiss Commission for Oceanography and Limnology, treasurer, (Swiss Academy of Sciences) (2000 - present)
  • Scientific committee of the CIPEL (Commission Internationale pour la protection des eaux du Léman) (2011- present)
  • Member of the Federal Commission for Protection against radiations and radioactivity monitoring (2013-present)
  • Evaluation panel of SCOPES (SNF) projects (2011-2013)
  • Hydrology Commission (Swiss Academy of Sciences) (2003-2005)

Scientific Expertises

Reviewer for scientific journals

Applied Geochemistry, Aquatic Geochemistry, Aquatic Sciences, Archives des Sciences, Catena, Environmental Chemistry Letters, Environmental Sciences and Pollution Research, Environmental Sciences and Technology, Fundamental and Applied Limnology, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Lakes and Reservoirs, Sedimentology, Water Research


As Principal Investigator

As Co-applicant


Scientific associations

Swiss Geological Society, Swiss Society for Hydrology and Limnology, International Association of Hydrological Sciences, Société Académique de Genève, Société de physique et d’histoire naturelle (Genève)


Pro Natura, Nos Oiseaux, Groupe ornithologique du bassin genevois (GOBG), Association suisse pour la protection des oiseaux (ASPO)


Music (piano), photography, bird watching, downhill skiing