Clement P. Bataille
Growing up in a little village of southern France, close to the famous wine region of Bordeaux, I was drawn from an early age to consider the effects of the environment on the biosphere. At the core of the wine making country is the notion of terroir, a patch of land with unique pedological, geographical, geological, and climatic signature that gives specific characteristics to agricultural products. My childhood trained me to think about the ecosystem as a whole, interconnected by both human and natural variables.
This passion for the natural world led me to study agronomic and environmental engineering as an undergraduate at the Institute Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT). During my MSc at INPT, I focused on questions related to the role of agricultural practises on hydrology and hydrochemistry of river waters. Through my MSc coursework, I discovered the world of isotope geochemistry and the fabulous potential of this tool to understand natural processes. I immigrated to the USA to work with Gabriel Bowen; my PhD was spent developing new isotope geolocation tools. I received my PhD in Geology from the University of Utah in 2014.
After completion of my PhD, I worked as an Earth scientist at Chevron Corporation between 2014 and 2016. There, I led several R&D projects aiming at developing new geochemical indicators of thermal maturity and geochemical tools to assess reservoir connectivity. My work at Chevron gave me a practical experience of the private sector as well as developing my mentoring skills.
I returned to the field of academic research as a postdoctoral fellow in geoscience for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. There, I worked with Xiao-Ming Liu on using Lithium isotopes as a tool to better understand chemical weathering regimes during the Permian period.
I joined the faculty at the University of Ottawa as an assistant professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences in the fall of 2017 where I funded the SAiVE Laboratory group.