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Daphné Lemasquerier
Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, Centrale Marseille, Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Équilibre University of St Andrews, School of Mathematics and Statistics


"For an insightful and comprehensive study, based on innovative and elegant laboratory experiments, numerical analysis, and theoretical modeling, of the non-linear dynamics of Jupiter, including its shallow vortices, deep jets, and their complex interactions."


Throughout my education, the cross-disciplinarity inherent in any geophysical process drew my interest. I first studied Earth and Planetary sciences at École Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon. Given my growing interest in geophysical fluid dynamics, I completed my formation with a Master in Fluid Mechanics and Nonlinear Physics at Aix-Marseille Université. I received both my bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences and my master’s degree in Mechanics, Physics and Engineering with highest honours. During these years, I completed four research internships including one at Spinlab (University of California, Los Angeles), under the supervision of Jon Aurnou. The topic – an experimental study of the libration-driven elliptical instability – confirmed my enthusiasm for fluid dynamical modelling of geophysical processes. In September 2018, I received a fellowship from ENS de Lyon for a Ph.D. under the advisement of Dr. Michael Le Bars and Dr. Benjamin Favier, both CNRS researchers at IRPHE (Marseille, France). My dissertation work focused on modeling experimentally, numerically and theoretically Jupiter's fluid dynamics, including zonal jets, large scale vortices and zonostrophic turbulence. I received my Ph.D in Engineering, Mechanics and Physics of Fluids in 2021. My commitment to this research, at the edge between fluid dynamics and planetary sciences, has been rewarded with the Milton Van Dyke award for a poster submitted at the 2019 Gallery of Fluid Motion as well as two L'Oreal-UNESCO "For Women In Science" awards received in 2021 and 2022 ("Young Talents" french program and "International Rising Talents" program). From January to August 2022, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, working with Dr. Krista Soderlund on modeling the fluid dynamics of subsurface oceans in icy satellites of Jupiter and Saturn. Since September 2022, I am a Lecturer in Fluid Dynamics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Selection Committee:

2022 Selection Committee Members: Alain Pumir (Chair), Amy Shen (Vice Chair), Amy Tsai, Jane Wang, Federico Toschi, Sebastien Michelin, Yuan Nan Young