Jean-David Grattepanche

Jean-David Grattepanche

Citizenship: French

Green Card through self-petition since December 2016.


Ph. D. (Biological Oceanography)


University of Littoral, UMR 8187 Laboratory of Oceanography and Geosciences, Wimereux, FRANCE

Trophodynamism of microzooplanktonic protozoans in the eastern English Channel.

Master of Science (Biodiversity, Marine Ecosystems, and Biological Oceanography)


University of Littoral and University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille, FRANCE.

Bachelor of Science (Biology of Organisms and Populations, and Marine Biology)


University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille, FRANCE.

Research skills



DNA extraction, PCR, clone libraries, DGGE, FISH and High-Throughput Sequencing (454 and Illumina) for amplicon and (meta)transcriptomic



Micro- and mesocosm experiments, dilution experiments (Phytoplankton growth rate and microzooplankton grazing rate), and prey-predator incubation with fluorescently labeled prey (specific grazing rate)



Inverted, epifluorescence and confocal (micro- to nanoplankton identification); Phytoplankton and microzooplankton culture



Analyze inorganic nutrients by Alliance® autoanalyzer



Python, bioPython, QIIME, Mothur, R, Matlab

Awards and Grants

EMBL meeting

2016 Travel award 1500$

Sloan microbiology of the Built Environment Meeting

2016 Travel award $1,500

GRS-GRC Applied & Environmental Microbiology

2015 Travel award 1000$

SMBE Eukaryotic -Omics meeting

2013 Travel award $1,050

NSF postdoctoral research fellowship

2014 - present

Ministry of Higher Education and Research PhD student fellowship (FRANCE)

2007 - 2011

ERASMUS fellowship (EUROPE)


Ministry of Higher Education and Research Master student fellowship (FRANCE)

2005 - 2007

Teaching experience

Smith College

Fall 2017: lecturer

Design and implement a Topic seminar: microbial ecology on a changing planet

Smith College

Spring 2014 / 2016

Designed and implemented curriculum for a research-based course on microbial diversity.
Advised first-year students in a research course on biogeochemical cycling.
Mentored eleven undergraduate students working on special studies and/or honors projects.

University of Littoral

2007 / 2011

Developed undergraduate level tutorials on oceanographic methods; embryology; animal histocytology and zoology ranging from cnidarian to fish; taught science communication.
Lectured on planktonic ecology in a graduate-level course.


Mentoring of Undergraduate students at Smith College

in italics Honors Thesis
  • Jessica Andrade’15
  • Chloe Barnett’15
  • Kate Brien’15
  • Cameah Wood’15
  • Arielle Gomes-Williams’15
  • Florence MacGregor’15J
  • Mary Badger’16
  • Chip Sisson’16
  • Kayla Foney’17
  • Ghida El-Banna’17
  • Falak Koreshi’17
  • Doris Juarez’17
  • Bethaney Gulla-Devaney’18
  • Brigit McDannell’18
  • Morgan Schwartz’18
  • Claire Roycroft’19
  • Simran Sahni’19
  • Abby Onos’17
  • Amy Burzin'20
  • Sofia Salcedo'20
  • Olivia Hanson'20 (Boston College)

Mentoring of Master students at Smith College

  • Elise Biron (M1 ULCO) February-April 2017 Molecular approaches for understanding microbial diversity

Mentoring of Research Master students at University of Littoral

  • Marc BESSON (L3 ENS de Lyon) June-July 2011 Structure and succession of microplankton communities in anthropized coastal area: the eastern English Channel. Co-advisor: U. CHRISTAKI (Pr. ULCO)
  • Stéphane VIGNE (M2R UL1/ULCO) January-June 2011 Heterotrophic protist in the eastern English Channel during the winter and spring 2011. In situ Dynamic and diversity and incubation experiment. Co-advisor: U. CHRISTAKI (Pr. ULCO)
  • Marine PERIOT (M2R UL1/ULCO) January-June 2010 Characterisation of planktonic protist by CARD-FISH method and flow cytometry. Co-advisor: U. CHRISTAKI (Pr. ULCO)
  • Thomas RAUD (M1 ULCO) April-June 2009 Zooplankton Feeding in the eastern English Channel during the srping phytoplankton bloom. Co-advisor: D. Vincent (MCF ULCO)
  • Marie MARCHADIER (M2R UL1/ULCO) January-June 2009 Grazing impact of microzooplankton on various phytoplankton size classes in the eastern English Channel during the spring bloom. Co-advisor: D. Vincent (MCF ULCO)

Leadership experience

Leader of a team in the laboratory of the professor Laura A. Katz, Elsie Damon Simonds Professor, Smith College (composed of 5-6 undergraduate students per semester and a research assistant; 2012-present).

Crew chief during a research cruises on board of the R/V Cape Hatteras (July 2012).

Crew chief during a research cruises on board of the R/V Connecticut (July 2015).

Elected member (PhD student – postdoc) of the laboratory council for the Laboratory of Oceanography and Geosciences at University of Littoral-Cote d’Opale, University of Lille and CNRS (2010-2011).

Working experience

Genetic analyses and clones library

May-August 2008

Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment in University of Thessaly, Greece / (ERASMUS visit)

Supervisor: Pr. K. Ar. Kormas

Distribution and trophic role of nano- and microzooplankton during the spring bloom in the eastern English Channel

January-September 2007

FRE 2816 ELICO Wimereux, FRANCE

Supervisor: Pr U. CHRISTAKI

Temporal evolution of hydrobiological parameters during and after the spring bloom of Phaeocystis globosa in the eastern English Channel

March-July 2006

FRE 2816 ELICO Wimereux, FRANCE

Supervisors: Dr V. GENTILHOMME and Dr F. GOULART