About Me

Jean-David Grattepanche

Citizenship: France

Green Card through self-petition (NIW)

My Education

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.
Advisor: Pr. Urania CHRISTAKI.


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.


Phd Jury with Jean-David Grattepanche

©JD Grattepanche

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

  • 2016: EMBL meeting. Travel award $1,500
  • 2016: Sloan microbiology of the Built Environment Meeting. Travel award $1,500
  • 2015: GRS-GRC Applied & Environmental Microbiology. Travel award $1,000
  • 2013: SMBE Eukaryotic -Omics meeting. Travel award $1,050
  • 2012-present: NSF postdoctoral research fellowship
  • 2007-2011: Ministry of Higher Education and Research PhD student fellowship (FRANCE)
  • 2008: ERASMUS fellowship (EUROPE)
  • 2005-2007: Ministry of Higher Education and Research Master student fellowship (FRANCE)

Teaching Experience

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

Mentoring of Research Master students at University of Littoral

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

Work Experience

Genetic analyses and clones library

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

Supervisor: Pr. K. Ar. Kormas

May-August 2008

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

FRE 2816 ELICO Wimereux, FRANCE

Supervisor: Pr U. CHRISTAKI

January-September 2007

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

FRE 2816 ELICO Wimereux, FRANCE

Supervisors: Dr V. GENTILHOMME and Dr F. GOULART

March-July 2006