Visiting Professor

Phone: 6790 9192
Office Location: N2-01c-51

Duration of Visit: 12 Nov 18 to 11 Nov 19



  • PhD on the cell cycle regulation of phytoplankton with Penny Chisholm at MIT (USA)
  • Ecole Nationale du G´enie Rural (France)
  • Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France)

Research Experience:
Daniel Vaulot has been a researcher at The French National Centre for Scientific Research CNRS since 1985. Now a Senior Scientist, he works at the marine biology and oceanography research and teaching center Station Biologique of Roscoff (France).
Dr Vaulot initially developed applications of flow cytometry to measure picoplankton and bacteria abundance in the ocean. These methods have become de facto standards in oceanography. About 25 year ago, he focused on the diversity and ecology of eukaryotic pico-phytoplankton which had received very little attention, pioneering molecular approaches such as gene cloning, metabarcoding and metagenomics. The group he initiated in Roscoff is now a global leader in plankton research with 35 researchers, post-docs and students. In 1998 he also created the Roscoff Culture Collection, by now the biggest collection in the world for marine phytoplankton. Currently Dr Vaulot’s interests revolve around green algae, a group that had been long neglected. In addition, he always had a keen interest in data processing and software development, recently focusing on the open source R language.
Daniel Vaulot co-authored more than 150 papers, including some in top journals such as Nature, Science or PNAS. He received the CNRS silver medal and is a member of the EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization). He is currently spending one year at the Asian School of the Environment at NTU (Singapore) as a visiting Professor.
Read more about Daniel Vaulot and his current research here

    Selected Publications:

    • Lambert, S., Tragin, M., Lozano, J.-C., Ghiglione, J.-F., Vaulot, D., Bouget, F.-Y. & Galand, P.E. 2019. Rhythmicity of coastal marine picoeukaryotes, bacteria and archaea despite irregular environmental perturbations. ISME J. 13:388–401.
    • Gutierrez-Rodriguez, A., Stukel, M.R., Lopes dos Santos, A., Biard, T., Scharek, R., Vaulot, D., Landry, M.R. et al. 2019. High contribution of Rhizaria (Radiolaria) to vertical export in the California Current Ecosystem revealed by DNA metabarcoding. ISME J. in press.
    • Yau, S., Lopes dos Santos, A., Eikrem, W., Gérikas Ribeiro, C., Gourvil, P., Escande, M.-L., Balzano, S. et al. 2019. Mantoniella beaufortii and Mantoniella baffinensis sp. nov. (Mamiellales, Mamiellophyceae), two new green algal species from the high Arctic. bioRxiv.
    • Tragin, M. & Vaulot, D. 2018. Novel diversity within marine Mamiellophyceae (Chlorophyta) unveiled by metabarcoding. bioRxiv.
    • Tragin, M. & Vaulot, D. 2018. Green microalgae in marine coastal waters: The Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) dataset. Sci. Rep. 8:14020.
    • Mordret, S., Piredda, R., Vaulot, D., Montresor, M., Kooistra, W.H.C.F. & Sarno, D. 2018. dinoref: A curated dinoflagellate (Dinophyceae) reference database for the 18S rRNA gene. Mol. Ecol. Resour. 18:974–87.
    • Partensky, F., Six, C., Ratin, M., Garczarek, L., Vaulot, D., Probert, I., Calteau, A. et al. 2018. A novel species of the marine cyanobacterium Acaryochloris with a unique pigment content and lifestyle. Sci. Rep. 8:9142.
    • Tragin, M., Zingone, A. & Vaulot, D. 2018. Comparison of coastal phytoplankton composition estimated from the V4 and V9 regions of the 18S rRNA gene with a focus on photosynthetic groups and especially Chlorophyta. Environ. Microbiol. 20:506–20.
    • Kuwata, A., Yamada, K., Ichinomiya, M., Yoshikawa, S., Tragin, M., Vaulot, D. & Lopes dos Santos, A. 2018. Bolidophyceae, a Sister Picoplanktonic Group of Diatoms – A Review. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:370.
    • Gérikas Ribeiro, C., Lopes dos Santos, A., Marie, D., Pereira Brandini, F. & Vaulot, D. 2018. Small eukaryotic phytoplankton communities in tropical waters off Brazil are dominated by symbioses between Haptophyta and nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria. ISME J. 12:1360–74.
    • Stern, R., Kraberg, A., Bresnan, E., Kooistra, W.H.C.F., Lovejoy, C., Montresor, M., Morán, X.A.G. et al. 2018. Molecular analyses of protists in long-term observation programmes—current status and future perspectives. J. Plankton Res. in press.



    • Bioinformatics and Statistics