Dr Auguste Hassler

Dr Auguste Hassler
Dr Auguste Hassler
Dr Auguste Hassler

Research Fellow

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Auguste began studying Earth sciences in 2012 at the University Claude Bernard of Lyon (France) and later joined the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon (France) within a cross-institution formation. He punctuated his formation by numerous palaeontology focused internships realised within and outside these institutions. He graduated his geosciences bachelor in 2015 and later specialised in paleoecology and geochemistry within a master (PSP) he graduated in 2017.

Further specializing into these fields by starting a PhD within the same academic institutions and the Laboratory of Geology of Lyon (LGL-TPE), he applied innovative MC-ICP-MS analytical techniques to study the calcium isotopic composition of bones and teeth from both modern and long extinct animals. Using this as his main tool and combining it with complementary methods like Raman spectroscopy and the analysis of trace element compositions (REE, Sr, Ba) by ICP-MS, Auguste began to explore paleodiet and ecosystem structure questions in Mesozoic faunas. He later diversified the scope of his research to ancient reproduction behaviours within the mammalian lineage, a subject for which he conducted a large scope investigation about the links between gestation, lactation and body calcium isotopic compositions among modern mammals. This has been the central subject of his thesis defended in July 2021.

On the ground of these works, and with the collaboration of the University of Aberdeen and the University of Ottawa, he set up a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action project (PleistoDem) aiming to shed a new light on the decline of Pleistocene megafauna by developing innovative tracers of past fecundity and demography. This project has been successfully selected and subsequently funded by the UKRI guarantee fund. Since October 2022 Auguste is now working as a postdoctoral fellow to carry this project forward.


  • PhD Earth Sciences 
    2021 - University of Lyon (ENS de Lyon) 
  • Master (Paleontology, Sedimentology, Paleo-environements) 
    2017 - University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, ENS de Lyon 
  • Bachelor (Geosciences) 
    2015 - University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, ENS de Lyon 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Postdoctoral fellow (Department of Archaeology)

External Memberships

Postdoctoral fellow (University of Ottawa, Department of Earth sciences)

Prizes and Awards

  • MSCA Postdoctoral global fellowship 2021 – UKRI Horizon Europe guarantee (2022)
  • Teaching and research assistant fellowship (2020)
  • Jakson school of Geosciences student travel grant (2019)
  • Palass Grant-in-aid (2018)
  • IDEXLyon Outgoing mobility grant (2018)
  • PhD scholarship from the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon (2017)
  • Jurassic foundation grant (2017)

Research Specialisms

  • Geochemistry
  • Palaeontology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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