Dr Loic Harrault

Dr Loic Harrault
Dr Loic Harrault

Dr Loic Harrault

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

Honorary Research Fellow


- 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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  • Ethnographic, ethnohistorical and geoarchaeological perspectives on the origin of reindeer husbandry in northwestern Siberia

    Anderson, D. G., Harrault, L. C. P., Milek, K. B., Dawson, L. A.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Potential use of lipid biomarkers in the identification and interpretation of reindeer herding sites

    Harrault, L. C. P.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Are fecal stanols suitable to record and identify a pulse of human fecal contamination in short-term exposed shellfish?

    Harrault, L., Jarde, E., Jeanneau, L., Petitjean, P.
    Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 89, no. 1-2, pp. 40-48
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Bottom-up effects of lake sediment on pelagic food-web compartments: A mesocosm study

    Harrault, L. C. P., Allard, B., Meriguet, J., Carmignac, D., Huon, S., Gauzens, B., Lacroix, G.
    Freshwater Biology, vol. 59, no. 8, pp. 1695-1709
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Development of the analysis of fecal stanols in the oyster Crassostrea gigas and identification of fecal contamination in shellfish harvesting areas

    Harrault, L. C. P., Jarde, E., Jeanneau, L., Petitjean, P.
    Lipids, vol. 49, no. 6, pp. 597-607
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Fast mineralization of land-born C in inland waters: first experimental evidences of aquatic priming effect

    Guenet, B., Danger, M., Harrault, L. C. P., Allard, B., Jauset-Alcala, M., Bardoux, G., Benest, D., Abbadie, L., Lacroix, G.
    Hydrobiologia, vol. 721, no. 1, pp. 35-44
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Influence of food-web structure on the biodegradability of lake sediment

    Harrault, L. C. P., Allard, B., Danger, M., Maunoury-Danger, F., Guilpart, A., Lacroix, G.
    Freshwater Biology, vol. 57, no. 11, pp. 2390-2400
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals