Dr Loic Harrault

Dr Loic Harrault
BA (U. Paris Est), MA (U. Paris 7), Ph.D. (U. Paris 6)

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Loic Harrault
Dr Loic Harrault

Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen - Department of Archaeology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, St. Mary's Building, Elphinstone Road, AB24 3UF, UK, Room 209
- The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH, UK


Loic studied Chemistry (BA) and Environmental Geosciences (MA) in Paris. After graduating the Water Sciences speciality, he started a Ph.D. at the University of Pierre et Marie Currie (Paris, France) dealing with interactions between food web ecology and organic geochemistry in freshwater ecosystems. This was during its Ph.D. that he started to apply the tools of organic geochemistry to environmental issues.

Since completing his Ph.D. in September 2012, Loic has undertaken a postdoctoral research fellow position in Rennes (France) working on the Interreg-funded Riskmanche project with Dr. Emilie Jardé and Dr. Laurent Jeanneau to track fecal contamination sources in shellfish harvesting areas through lipid biomarkers.

Then he joined the University of Aberdeen as a postdoctoral research fellow in May 2015 to work on the JPI Climate- and ESRC-funded HUMANOR project with Dr. Karen Milek, Pr. Lorna Dawson (James Hutton Institute) and Pr. David Anderson (Anthropology). As a geoarcheologist, he is using lipid biomarkers to identify the presence of reindeers and other animals in archeological sites from Siberia and Sweden.


Research Overview

- Organic Geochemistry

- Lipid Biomarkers

- Fecal Contamination

- Aquatic Ecology and Biogeochemistry

- New: Geoarchaeology



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  • A new tool based on faecal stanols can distinguish specific mammalian species in modern and past environments

    Harrault, L., Milek, K., Jardé, E., Jeanneau, L., Derrien, M., Bindler, R., Klaminder, J., Anderson, D. G.

    29th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, IMOG 2019. European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE pp. 1-2, 2 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Animal domestication in the high Arctic: Hunting and holding reindeer on the I͡Amal peninsula, northwest Siberia

    Anderson, D. G., Harrault, L., Milek, K. B., Forbes, B. C., Kuoppamaa, M., Plekhanov, A. V.

    Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, vol. 55, 101079

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • On the move: Material and environmental imprints of mobile pastoralism in northern Eurasia

    Milek, K., Kupiec, P. M., Aronsson, K., Harrault, L. C. P., Anderson, D. G.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Geoarchaeological tools to contextualise ancient pastoral sites in Suollagavalda, northern Sweden

    Harrault, L. C. P., Aronsson, K., Domene Lopez, G., Milek, K. B., Anderson, D. G.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Yarte VI, Yamal Peninsula, Northwest Siberia, in its Landscape Context

    Milek, K. B., Anderson, D. G., Harrault, L. C. P., Kremkova, J.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Methodological use of Magnetic Susceptibility to locate ancient reindeer herder hearths in Suollagavalda, northern Sweden: A geoarchaeological approach

    Harrault, L. C. P., Domene Lopez, G., Anderson, D. G., Aronsson, K., Milek, K. B.

    Ethnoarchaeology of fire

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Understanding past activities of pastoral nomadic Nenets from Western Siberia using a geoarchaeological toolkit

    Harrault, L. C. P., Milek, K. B., Anderson, D. G., Dawson, L. A.

    Ethnoarchaeology of fire

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • A study of a possible early reindeer domestication site on the Iamal peninsula (Russia) using geoarchaeological methods and lipid biomarkers

    Harrault, L. C. P., Milek, K. B., Dawson, L. A., Anderson, D. G.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

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