Focus areas: Ocean Acidification, Coastal Ecosystem metabolism
BERI Focal Point: Ocean Chemistry, Chemical Water Quality, Ocean Acidification
Dr Jerome Harlay is an environmental scientist how obtained his PhD at the University of Brussels, Belgium, in 2009 in the field of Oceanography. He studied the impact on calcifying phytoplankton of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) conditions in a Climate Change perspective and expanded his research activities towards greenhouse gases measurement and the processes that affect their distribution, including biological pelagic processes, air-sea exchange and bentho-pelagic coupling. He is an expert in marine carbonate chemistry and a reviewer in several international scientific publications in his domain. He is the Principal Investigator of a 3-year WIOMSA project that aims at observing spatial and temporal variability of ocean pH in Seychelles. As such, he is also an active member of the OA-Africa network, the GOA-ON and his research and interests align with the Pillars of Blue Economy and more specifically the SDG14.3. His other scientific interests are Blue Carbon, coastal ecosystem metabolism, oceanography and remote sensing.
Jerome has been working in different universities and institutes, including the University of Liege (Belgium), National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium), the University of Hawai’i (USA). At the University of Seychelles, as a senior lecturer, he is teaching environmental sciences in the Department of Environment, which comprises Biology, Ecology, Earth System Science (Ecophysiology) and Biogeochemical Cycles.