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Supported Actions

The Graduate School H2O'Lyon support actions that promote interdisciplinarity, partnerships with professionals, and link between research and training :
The following projects on integrated watershed sciences have been called for their spirit of innovation and their commitment to excellence.



Summer School


Master Fellowship


  • Sedimentary source detection and mapping by using multi-source data: contribution of satellite imagery for source inventory in anthropized mountainous area
Vincent Siccard
Scientific leader : Etienne Cossart
Laboratory : CNRS UMR 5600 EVS
Partners : Lab. of Sediment Hazards (Kobe University)
Duration : 29/03/21 to 29/07/21
  • Mondragon-Les Ribaudes (Tricastin floodplain) : analysis of an hydraulic network and of the gaulish impact on the floodplains within the framework of the Paleo-anthropocene
Pascalle Keijsers
Scientific leader : Jean-François Berger
Laboratory : CNRS UMR 5600 EVS
Partners : INRAP Méditerranée, Université Clermont Auvergne 
Duration : 01/03/21 to 31/07/21
  • Pollution of the Rhone since 1970
Zoé Iannuzzi
Scientific Leader : Philippe Polomé
Laboratory : UMR 5824 GATE-LSE
Partner : UMR 5023 LEHNA
Duration : 01/03/21 to 31/08/21


  • Particules, Pesticides and Landscape (PULSE)
Lucas Moreau
Scientific Leader : Mathieu Fressard, Nadia Carluer
Duration : 09/03/20 to 28/08/20
  • Supporting the search for victims in rivers
Célia Maghakian
Scientific Leader : Oldrich Navratil (EVS)
Laboratory : UMR 5600 EVS
Partners : LMFA (UMR5509) (N. Riviere, D. Lopez, E. Mignot) / EVS (UMR 5600) / INRAE Lyon (J. Le Coz) / SDMIS (sapeurs-pompiers du Service Départemental-Métropolitain d’Incendie et de Secours) (Lt-Colonel S. PONTET, Chef du CIS Lyon-Corneille - Spécialités Nautiques).
Duration : 16/03/20 to 04/09/20
  • Chemical characterization of driftwood to determine its geographical origin for optimal valorization
Abdullah Al-Qtarnah
Scientific Leader : Hervé Piegay (EVS), Capucine Dupont (IHE)
Laboratory : UMR 5600 EVS
Partners : IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - Netherlands (C. Dupont et M. Franca) / ETH Zürich (Virginia Ruiz Villanueva) - Switzerland / CNR (L. Pozzobon, exploitant Génissiat)
Duration : Mid Februar 2020 to mid October 2020


  • Development of a protocol to characterize the topography of alluvial margins by LiDAR drone
Julien Point
Scientific Leader : Jérôme Lejot
Laboratory : UMR 5600 EVS, IRG, Plateforme ISIG
Partners : Conservatoire des espace naturels de l'Isère / INRAE Lyon / Durham University (UK)
Duration : April to September 2019

Thesis jointly funded

Start in 2022

  • Effects of floating solar panels on the ecosystem functioning of small artificial waterbodies (SOLEFA)
Paul Vouhé
Scientific Leader : Fanny Colas
Laboratory : LEHNA
Co-funder of the thesis grant : ADEME
Partners : OFB, CNR, ISARA, CETHIL, MIO, EcoFlow
Beginning : 01/11/2022
  • Minimizing greenhouse gas emissions in the Étangs de la Dombes region through development of best-management practices
Emma Mari
Scientific Leader : Bjoern Wissel
Laboratory : LEHNA
Co-funder of the thesis grant : Fondation Pierre Vérots
Partners : UMR 5600 EVS, ISARA
Beginning : 01/10/2022
  • Spatio-temporal dynamics of the aquatic vegetation: Effects of hydrodynamic and hydrological conditions.
Léo Rasse
Scientific Leader : Sara Pujalon
Laboratory : LEHNA
Co-funder of the thesis grant : EDF
Partners : UMR 5600 EVS, Laboratoire National d'Hydraulique et Environnement (LNHE)
Beginning : 22/08/2022
  • Imprint of ultramafic catchments and effects of mining activities on interstitial biodiversity of New Caledonia Rivers.
Samuel Mouron
Scientific Leader : Florian Malard
Laboratory : LEHNA
CIFRE thesis project submitted with Bio eKo
Partners : INRAE ETNA Grenoble, Bio eKo consultants Nouméa (Nouvelle-Calédonie)
Pre-Cifre : Mai 2022 à Septembre 2022
  • Characterization of tropical streams using benthic macroinvertebrate communities in the Hotte Biosphere Reserve: a biogeographic and functional approach.
Chevelie Cineas
Scientific Leader : Sylvain Dolédec
Laboratory : LEHNA
Co-funder of the thesis grant : Ambassade de France Haïti
Partners : Université d'Etat d'Haïti, Hotte Biosphere Reserve
Extension of the thesis : Feb 2022 to June 2022
  • Impact of exogenous sources of bacterial taxa and chemical pollutants on river biofilm community coalescence dynamics and their virulence gene loads.
Angélique Dominguez Lage
Scientific Leader : Benoît Cournoyer
Laboratory : BPOE - UMR Ecologie Microbienne
Co-funder of the thesis grant : VetAgro Sup
Partners : INRAE, LEHNA, AERMC, Grand Lyon, SAGYRC
Beginning : 01/02/2022
  • Development of bio-indicators for groundwater quality in karstic ecosystems.
Lina Fabre
Scientific Leader : Florian Mermillod-Blondin
Laboratory : LEHNA
Co-funder of the thesis grant : Chambéry Métropole
Partners : UMR 5557 LEM, UMR 5280 ISA, UMR 5204 EDYTEM
Beginning : 01/02/2022
  • Looking at early stages of aquatic organisms to improve our understanding of ecological effects of hydropeaking.
Emmanuel Jaulin
Scientific Co-leaders : Maria Alp, Hervé Capra
Laboratory : EcoFlowS (RiverLy, INRAE)
Co-funder of the thesis grant : Carnot Institute
Partners : INRAE Lyon, INRAE Aix en Provence, UMR 5023 LEHNA, Water Agency Rhône Méditerranée Corse
Beginning : 01/01/2022

Start in 2021

  • Pollutions caused by urban floods: characterizing past events and experimental & numerical modeling of overflows from sewer systems and accidental pollutions.
Clément Fagour
Scientific Co-leaders : Sébastien Proust, Emmanuel Mignot
Beginning : 01/11/2021

Maylis Genouel
Scientific Co-leaders : Emeline Comby, Yves-François Le Lay
Beginning : 01/10/2021

Laboratories :UMR 5600 EVS, UMR 5509 LMFA, INRAE RiverLy
Co-funder of the two theses grants : Institut Convergence Ecole Urbaine de Lyon
Partners : Artelia (Olivier Bertrand), University of Liège (Benjamin Dewals)
  • Urban River Drownings: assisted rescue for victims in the Rhône and Saône rivers in Lyon.
Célia Maghakian
Scientific Co-leaders : Anne Honegger, Oldrich Navratil, Nicolas Rivière
Laboratories :UMR 5600 EVS, UMR 5509 LMFA
Co-funder of the thesis grant : LabEx IMU (in collaboration with the IMU studio "Baignades en rivières urbaines")
Partners : Service départemental et métropolitain d'incendie et de secours (SDMIS, Lt-Colonel S. Pontet, Lt J.-M. Zanot), INRAE RiverLy (J. Le Coz), University of Liège (B. Dewals), Centre de recherche de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Police (Dr P. Laclémence)
Beginning : 01/10/2021
  • BEESINT - Achieving Good Ecological Status of INTermittent Socio-ecosystems: a challenge at the crossroads of social, scientific and managers perceptions.
Stéphanie Vukélic
Scientific Co-leaders : Marylise Cottet, Yves François Le Lay
Laboratory : UMR 5600 EVS
Co-funder of the thesis grant : Agence de l'eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse, Office Français de la Biodiversité.
Partners : Thibaut Datry, Wouter van de Bund (JRC, leader of the Ecostat group), Andrew Boulton (University of New England, Australia), Julia Martin-Ortega (Leeds University)
Beginning : 01/03/2021
  • Impacts of dynamic, climate-driven water availability on tree water use and stress
Pierre Lochin
Scientific Co-leaders : Hervé Piegay, Michael Singer
Laboratory :UMR 5600 EVS, UC Santa Barbara
Co-funder of the thesis grant : University of California Santa Barbara
Partners : Remi Bogey (upper Rhône), Bernard Pont (middle Rhône), Julien Henry (delta), Michael Singer (Cardiff), Kelly Caylor (UCSB), John Stella (Syracuse), Laurent Simon (Lehna), F. Moatar (INRAE)
Beginning : 04/02/2021
  • Comparative geoarchaeological study of the management of socio-environmental crises in arid/subarid tropical areas (Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, 30-36° and 15-16° N) by historical hydraulic societies.
Mélanie Montalti
Scientific Leader : Jean-François Berger
Laboratory : UMR 5600 EVS
Co-funder of the thesis grant : ANR CRISIS
Partners : University of Limoges EA Criham, New York University, University of Naples Federico II, Politecnico di Milano, American University in Cairo, Géosciences M2-C University of Caen, UMR Archéorient (MOM-Lyon), Institut National du Patrimoine Tunis, CGMED Tunis, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, INSAP Rabat, University of Geosciences of Rabat
Beginning : 01/02/2021

Start in 2020

  • Biogeochemical approach for the evaluation and improvement of a distributed hydrological model in periurban areas
Olivier Grandjouan
Scientific Co-leaders : Flora Branger, Marina Coquery
Laboratory : INRAE RiverLy (HYBV (hydrologie) et LAMA (chimie environmentale))
Co-funder of the thesis grant : INRAE
Partners : LEM (B. Cournoyer), IGE Grenoble (C. Duwig), UMR PACTE Grenoble (P. Dusseux), SAGYRC (C. Marcel), AERMC (S. Stroffek), Lyon Métropole (M. Hervé)
Beginning : 01/12/2020
  • For resilient cities : development of operational tools for decentralized management of urban waters
Violetta Montoya Coronado
Scientific Co-leaders : H. Castebrunet (INSA), P. Molle et N. Forquet (INRAE) 
Co-funders of the thesis grant : Agence de l'eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse, Agence de l'eau Adour-Garonne
Partners : ARRAA / Grand Lyon / Syntea / OTHU.
Beginning : 01/10/2020
  • Transfers and processes related to human and veterinary pharmaceutical residues and biocides from urban sludge and manure used as fertilizers
Noémie Pernin
Scientific Leader : Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski
Laboratory : DEEP –EA 7429, INSA Lyon
Co-funder of the thesis grant : Agence de l'eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse
Partners : INRAE Narbonne (Dominique Patureau, PhD thesis co-director) / CNRS ISA Lyon (Laure Wiest) / INRAE Paris (Pierre Benoit, PhD thesis co-supervisor) / SM3A – Syndicat Mixte d’Aménagement de l’Arve et de ses Affluents (Claire Brivet et Liana Reuilly) / SRB – Syndicat des Eaux des Rocailles et de Bellecombe (Audrey Roch) / Chambre d’Agriculture Savoie Mont Blanc (Fabienne Ruin) / Graie (Elodie Brelot).
Beginning : 01/07/2020
  • Advancing environmental flow science for intermittent river management
Mathis Messager
Scientific Leader : Thibault Datry
Laboratory : INRAE Riverly
Co-funder of the thesis grant : McGill University
Partners : B. Lehner (McGill University, Montreal, which cofunds the PhD). Committee: M. Kalacska, P. Döll., L. Vaudor. Doledec, N. Lamouroux
Current partners: African Parks, K. Tockner. Envisoned partners: A. Ruhi, J. King, J. Tonkin, R. Tharme, AERM&C, OFB, EdF
Beginning : 01/09/2020

Start in 2019

  • Coupling LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery for characterising fluvial corridors
Julien Godfroy
Scientific Leader : Hervé Piegay
Laboratory : UMR 5600 EVS
Co-funder of the thesis grant : Agence de l'eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse
Partners : Syndicat de la Rivière d'Ain Aval et de ses Affluents (SR3A) / Warsaw University of Life Science / State University of New York - Syracuse (ESF) / Politecnico di Milano (GeoInformatics) / Université de Rennes (Géosciences)
Beginning : 04/11/2019
  • Historical reanalysis of Rhone flows at Beaucaire : extreme floods and climatic variability of flows
Mathieu Lucas
Scientific Leader : Michel Lang
Laboratory : INRAE, UR RIVERLY
Co-funders of the thesis grant : Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR), INRAE
Partners : Université Aix-Marseille (History) / ENS Lyon - UMR 5600 (Geomorphologie) / Université de Berne (Historical climatology) / Syndicat mixte interrégional d'aménagement des digues du delta du Rhône et de la mer (Symadrem) / Direction régionale de l'Environnement, de l'Aménagement et du Logement (DREAL) Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
Beginning : 25/11/2019
  • Determinism of the development and toxicity of cyanobacterial biofilms in streams
Charlotte Robichon
Scientific Leader : Sylvain Doledec
Laboratory : LEHNA UMR 5023
Co-funder of the thesis grant : Fondation Pierre Vérots
Partners : Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture Rhône-Alpes (ISARA) / LMGE UMR 6023 / INRAE, Dynam Lyon / Agence de l'eau Rhône-Méditerranée / Syndicat de la Rivière d'Ain Aval et de ses Affluents (SR3A)
Beginning : 01/12/2019

Extension of Post-doctoral Fellowship


  • Restau’débat : Tools and methods for facilitating debates about river restoration
Marie Lusson
Scientific Leader : Maria Alp
Laboratory : INRAE RiverLy
Partners : INRAE Montpellier (G-EAU), University Lyon 2 CNRS UMR 5600
Duration : 01/01/23 to 30/06/23
  • Study of the mechanisms and performances of infiltration surfaces for treated wastewater effluents using woodchip-soil bioreactors
Pauline Louis
Scientific Leader : Rémi Clément
Co-funder : Ministry of Ecological Transition
Duration : 01/01/23 to 31/12/23


  • Wastewater treatment plant of the future: Capture and recovery of carbon from wastewater by high load biological process and chemically enhanced primary decantation - CAPTURE
Katharina Tondera
Scientific Leader : Pierre Buffière
Laboratory : INSA Lyon, DEEP
Duration : 01/04/22 to 30/09/22
  • Airborne thermal infrared imaging, a knowledge tool for rivers in a context of global changes
Baptiste Marteau
Scientific Leader : Hervé Piegay
Laboratory : EVS UMR 5600
Partners : INRAE Lyon, Université Gembloux University of Liege (BE), AgroCampus Ouest (Rennes), University Jean Monnet (St Etienne), LEHNA.
Duration : 15/02/22 to 14/08/22
  • Using an isotopic approach to estimate dispersal distances of aquatic insects
Mathieu Floury
Scientific Leader : Laurent Simon
Laboratory : LEHNA
Partners : INRAE RiverLy, AERMC, OFB, DREAL ARA.
Duration : 15/01/22 to 14/07/22


  • River characterisation at global scale
Barbara Belletti
Scientific Leader : Hervé Piegay
Laboratory : EVS UMR 5600
Partners : B. Kauffman, J.M. Olivier, S. Dolédec (Lehna), P. Jensen (ENS-LP), M. Cottet (EVS), Universities in India (V. Jain), in China (Z. Li), in New Zealand (J. Brasington), in the US (A. Chin), WWF Global Science (J. Oppermann), AERMC, CNR, GRAIE, OFB, Réserve Naturelle Allier.
Duration : 01/04/21 to 30/09/21
  • Toxicokinetic modelling for bioaccumulation of active substances within living organisms
Aude Ratier
Scientific Leader : Sandrine Charles
Laboratory : Modelling and Predictive Ecotoxicology team, Biometrics - Evolutionary Biology Laboratory (LBBE), UMR 5558 (CNRS), Claude Bernard Lyon I University
Partners : Dr Christelle LOPES - LBBE UMR5558 / Dr Vanessa MAZEROLLES - Head of environmental fate and ecotoxicology unit, ANSES -
Duration : 01/04/21 to 30/09/21


  • Stream Metabolism
Jacob Diamond
Scientific Leader : Gilles Pinay
Laboratory : INRAE Riverly
Partners : L. Simon (LEHNA) / H. Piégay (EVS) / C. Lécuyer (Lab. de Géologie Lyon) / F. Moatar, A. Chaumot (RiverLy) / M. Cohen (Univ. Florida, USA) / S. Bernal (CSIC Spain) / R. Sponseller (Univ. Umea Sweden) / G. Singer (Univ. Innsbruck, Austria) / D. Lewis (Univ. Tempa, USA)
Duration : 01/10/20 to 31/03/21
  • Ecological Sensitivity Distribution (ESD): integrating molecular-based structural and functional microbial community responses in a new tool for environmental risk assessment of chemicals
Floriane Larras
Scientific Leader : Marie-Laure Delignette-Muller
Laboratory : Laboratoire de Biométrie et de Biologie Evolutive (LBBE)
Partners :Dr Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen (UFZ, Leipzig) / Dr Stéphane Pesce (INRAE, Lyon) / Dr Elise Billoir (University of Lorraine, France)
Duration : 27/07/20 to 26/01/21

PhD International Mobility


  • Development of a reprotoxicity biotest in the American amphipod Hyalella azteca
Thalita Tieko Silva, IPEN - University of Sao Paulo
Laboratory : INRAE RiverLy
Date : February 2023 to January 2024

  • Mission to Australia to test the INFILTRON system
Gersende Fernandes
Laboratory : LEHNA and DEEP
Date : 3 January to 15 June 2023


Mélanie Montalti
Laboratory : UMR 5600 EVS
Date : 09 to 20 May 2022


  • Phosphorus and nitrogen valorization in anaerobic digestion centrates of municipal wastewater treatment plants, at CEIT, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne
Perrine Devos
Date : April to October 2021

Innovative Course and Ressources


► Collective work OTHU : Urban Stormwater Management

This book is written under the direction of GRAIE and the DEEP laboratory, INSA Lyon. It consists of 44 articles based on more than 20 years of observation and research by more than 60 scientists and water management professionals.
H2O'Lyon is pleased to contribute to this project, both through the scientific editors from the H2O'Lyon community, and for the publication of the book.
Free download (book in French)

► Field course : Geoarcheology and continental hydrosystems

Internship proposed within the framework of the Géonum (Digital Geographies) master's degree for the academic year 2022-2023.
This is an original approach to training through research, as students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an interdisciplinary research project, to carry out fieldwork and to experiment with acquisition techniques and innovative methodologies during their M1 and M2.

In order to do this, a flipped pedagogy will be implemented: M1 and M2 students will be integrated simultaneously in this field placement. During M1, students will discover the project, the field, the implications, acquire initial data and observe the M2 students who will attempt to answer the research question. A feedback seminar with the M1 and M2 students is planned.

The research project associated with this teaching approach is "Trajectories of fluvial socio-systems in the Paleo-anthropocene", supported by the EUR H2O'Lyon.

Length : September 2022 to February 2023