AlpenNico2Nick is a physicist turned into a paleontologist.

After a training as an engineer with majors in Image Processing and Photonics (ENSPS, now Telecom Physique Strasbourg, France), Nick earned a PhD in technical sciences from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ). He explored both theoretically and experimentally the requirements for 3d-3c speckle interferometry and devised an innovative set-up that allows measuring the three components of three-dimensional micro-deformations on curved surfaces.

Nick then realized that his precocious passion for fossils was still lively and he decided to pursue an academic career in paleontology. As a sound empirical background is necessary in paleontology, he took the opportunity of developing his fieldwork and taxonomic skills during a second PhD at the Paleontological Institute of the University of Zurich (PIMUZ). Under the supervision of Hugo Bucher, Nick started to study the Early Triassic biotic recovery after the end-Permian mass extinction, which was the most dramatic crisis in the history of animal life. During those years Nick became an expert on Early Triassic conodonts.

After a first postdoc in Zurich at the PIMUZ, Nick spent one year as a postdoc in Jonathan Payne’s lab at Stanford University, California, and then he was appointed as an Oberassistent (senior research assistant) at the PIMUZ.

Since October 2015 Nick is a PI at the Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon (IGFL), ENS Lyon, France. His Biomodeling group was funded thanks to the support of a French ANR @RAction starting grant.

From September 2017 Nick will be a ‘Professeur des Universites’ (a tenured full professor position) in the Biology Department of the ENS Lyon.

Contact details

Nicolas Goudemand

nicolas dot goudemand at ens-lyon dot fr

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