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Our training program lead principally to scientific research jobs in paleontology, at the crossroad between life and earth sciences. We welcome students from France and abroad with various trainings (Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, engineers, etc.).

At the end of their training, our students enroll as researchers and/or teachers (research institutions, public education, museums), curators (museums, nature parks and reserves), outreach officers, and science journalists.

Learn more about he Master of Paleontology

On-going PhD studies

Ecological dynamics of the vertebrate assemblages contemporaneous of the human occupations in the Shungura Formation (Plio-Pleistocene of the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia)

Thesis start: January 1st 2019
PhD Student: Blade ENGDA REDAE
Supervisors: Jean-Renaud Boisserie, Joséphine Lesur (AASPE, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle & CNRS)
Funding: Fondation Wenner-Gren, with support from Foundation of the university of poitiers, the French Center for Ethiopian Studies and the Embassy of France in Ethiopia.

Sédimentologie et géochimie de la Formation de Shungura (Vallée de l’Omo, Éthiopie), un comblement alluvial subsident contemporain de l’émergence du genre Homo

Thesis start: November 2th 2017
PhD Student: Marion CORBÉ
Supervisors: Jean-Renaud Boisserie, Mathieu Schuster (IPGS, CNRS & Université de Strasbourg), Anne Delagnes (PACEA, CNRS & Université de Bordeaux)
Funding: Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine (ECCE OMO project), with  a cofinancing from the ANR OLD and the Omo Group Research Expedition for the analytical component and study missions. Ad Hoc funding is provided by the Ecole Doctorale Théodore Monod for mobility.

Ecomorphological analysis of the cercopithecids postcranial specimens from the Shungura Formation, Lower Omo Valley

Thesis start: October 1st 2017
PhD Student: Laurent PALLAS
Spervisors: Gildas Merceron, Guillaume Daver, Leslea Hlusko (Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley)

Cenozoic evolution of semi-aquatic hippopotamoids’ postcranium: impact of environmental changes on wetlands, and phylogeny

Thesis start: October 1st 2016
PhD Student: Florian MARTIN
Spervisors: Jean-Renaud Boisserie, Stéphane Ducrocq, Fabrice Lihoreau (ISEM, Université de Montpellier)
Funding: Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region scholarship

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