Joannin sebastien
Chargé(e) de recherche CNRS

Research: My research is oriented on palynology, the study of the pollen grain which is a proxy of the vegetation, and to the Mediterranean region (from Morocco to Armenia). Pollen analyses, integrated in a multi-proxy approach, help me to decipher climate mechanisms and human impact on the landscape.

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Lab & admin: I am currently administrator of the worldwide collection of pollen slides of Montpellier (50 000 slides;, the pollen microscopes pool of my lab, and treasurer of the French Association of Palynologists (APLF;

Teachings: levels 1 and 2 in the Master BEE speciality “Darwin” and “Cepage”.

  1. Joannin, S., Ali, A. A., Ollivier, V., Roiron, P., Peyron, O., Chevaux, S., Nahapetyan, S., Tozalakyan, P., Karakhanyan, A., Chataigner, C. (2014): Vegetation, fire and climate history of the Lesser Caucasus: a new Holocene record from Zarishat fen (Armenia). Journal Quaternary Science, 29, 70-82.
  2. Joannin, S., Brugiapaglia, E., de Beaulieu, J.L., Bernado, L., Magny, M., Peyron, O., Goring, S., Vannière, B. (2012): Pollen-based reconstruction of Holocene vegetation and climate in southern Italy: the case of Lago di Trifoglietti. Clim. Past 8: 1973-1996.
  3. Joannin, S., Bassinot, F., Combourieu Nebout, N., Peyron, O., Beaudouin, C. (2011): Vegetation response to obliquity and precession forcing during the Mid Pleistocene Transition in Western Mediterranean region (ODP Site 976). Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 280-297.
  4. Joannin, S., Cornée, J.J., Münch, P., Fornari, M., Vasiliev, J., Krijgsman, W., Nahapetyan, S., Gabrielyan, Y., Ollivier, V., Roiron, P., Chataigner, C. (2010): Early Pleistocene climatic cycles in continental deposits of the Lesser Caucasus of Armenia inferred from palynology, magnetostratigraphy, and 40Ar/39Ar dating. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 291, 149-158.
  5. Joannin, S., Quillévéré, F., Suc, J.-P., Lécuyer, C., Martineau, F. (2007): Early Pleistocene climate changes in the central Mediterranean region as inferred from integrated pollen and planktonic foraminiferal stable isotope analyses. Quaternary Research 67, 264-274.