Charlotte Prudhomme

Fitzsimmons Group
Vonhof Group

Main Focus

My research aims at understanding the impact of climate variability on terrestrial environment. I am developing an approach combining isotopic geochemistry and dating on biogenic and pedogenic carbonates from aeolian sequences. I am particularly interested in reconstructing palaeoclimate data during the Quaternary by using the stable isotopic composition of original proxies such as earthworm calcite granules. I am also focusing on longer time scale to characterise the impact of climate variability on Central Asian loess-palaeosol sequences and to explore the response of Central Asian land surfaces to climate dynamics, which could have generated terrestrial feedbacks affecting atmospheric and ocean circulation. I have been involved in projects in western and central Europe and Central Asia. 

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

Born :  December 2, 1989

Citizenship : French



2013-2017: Ph.D Physical Geography, University Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris

2015: Ph.D course Permafrost and Periglacial environment, Arctic Geology, The University Center in Svalbard

2012-2013 : MSc Earth Sciences 2nd year, Major Solid Earth, University of Grenoble Alps, France

2011-2012 : MSc Earth Sciences 1st year, University of Bergen, Norway

2008-2011 : BSc Earth Sciences, University of Grenoble Alps, France


Research Experiences

2017 - Now : Postdoctoral Position at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz
Reconstruction of past climate variations in loess-palaeosol sequences in Central Asia over the Quaternary

2013 - 2017 : PhD thesis at Physical Geography LaboratoryParis
Developing a new approach to quantify temperature and precipitation in Last Glacial western loess sequences by studying calcite granules produced by earthworms

2012 - 2013 : Master thesis at ISTerre , Grenoble
New sampling procedure to date glacial morphologies (erratic bloc and glacial bedrock) from the Alps using cosmogenic nuclides contained in the rock (10Be) to better understand the dynamics of surface processes.


11. Fischer, P., Jöris, O., Fitzsimmons, K. E., Vinnepand, M., Prud’homme, C., Schulte, P. , Hatté, C.,Hambach, U., Lindauer, S., Zeeden, C., Peric, Z., Lehmkuhl, F., Wunderlich, T., Wilken, D., Schirmer, W., Vött, A. (2021) Millennial-scale terrestrial ecosystem responses to Upper Pleistocene climatic changes: 4D-reconstruction of the Schwalbenberg Loess-Palaeosol-Sequence (Middle Rhine Valley, Germany). Catena. 196, 104913.

10. Li, Y., Song, Y., Fitzsimmons, K. E., Chen, X. Prud’homme, C., Zong, X. (2020) Origin of loess deposits in the North Tian Shan piedmont, Central Asia. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 559, 109972.

9.   Prud’homme, C., Vassallo, R., Crouzet, C., Carcaillet, J., Mugnier, J.L., Cortes, J., Paired 10Be sampling of polished bedrock and erratic boulders to improve dating of glacial landforms: an example from the Western Alps (2020) Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 45, 1168–1180

8.   Prud’homme, C., Moine, O., Mathieu, J., Saulnier-Copard, S., Antoine, P. (2019). High-resolution quantification of earthworm calcite granules from western European loess sequences reveals stadial–interstadial climatic variability during the Last Glacial. Boreas, 48(1), 257–268.

7.   Schaetzl, R.J., Bettis, E.A., Crouvi, O., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Grimley, D.A., Hambach, U., Lehmkuhl, F., Marković, S.B., Mason, J.A., Owczarek, P., Roberts, H.M., Rousseau, D.-D., Stevens, T., Vandenberghe, J., Zárate, M., Veres, D., Yang, S., Zech, M., Conroy, J.L., Dave, A.K., Faust, D., Hao, Q., Obreht, I., Prud’homme, C., Smalley, I., Tripaldi, A., Zeeden, C., Zech, R. (2018). Approaches and challenges to the study of loess - Introduction to the LoessFest Special Issue. Quaternary Research (United States), 89(3), 563–618.

6.   Prud’homme, C., Lécuyer, C., Antoine, P., Moine, O., Hatté, C., Fourel, F., Amiot, R., Martineau, F., Rousseau, D. D. (2018). δ13C signal of earthworm calcite granules: a new proxy for palaeoprecipitation reconstructions during the Last Glacial in Western Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews, 179, 158–166.

5.   Moine O., Antoine, P., Hatté, C., Landais, A., Mathieu J., Prud’homme C., Rousseau, D.D. (2017) The impact of Last Glacial climate variability in west-European loess revealed by radiocarbon dating of fossil earthworm granules. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(24), 6209-6214

4.   Prud’homme, C., Lécuyer, C., Antoine, P., Moine, O., Hatté, C., Fourel, F., Martineau, F.,  Rousseau, D. D. (2016). Palaeotemperature reconstruction during the Last Glacial from δ18O of earthworm calcite granules from Nussloch loess sequence, Germany. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 442, 13–20.

3.   Prud’homme, C., Antoine, P., Moine, O., Turpin, E., Huguenard, L., Robert, V., & Degeai, J. P. (2015). Les biosphéroïdes calcitiques de vers de terre: un nouvel indicateur paléoenvironnemental et paléoclimatique des séries loessiques. Les Nouvelles de l’Archéologie, 142, 5–8.

2.   Prud’homme, C., Antoine, P., Moine, O., Turpin, E., Huguenard, L., Robert, V., & Degeai, J.-P. (2015). Earthworm calcite granules: a new tracker of millennial-timescale environmental changes in Last Glacial loess deposits. Journal of Quaternary Science, 30(6), 529–536.

1.   Guillon, H., Mugnier, J.-L., Buoncristiani, J.-F., Carcaillet, J., Godon, C., Prud’homme, C., Vanderbeek, P.,  Vassallo, R. (2015). Improved discrimination of subglacial and periglacial erosion using 10Be concentration measurements in subglacial and supraglacial sediment load of the Bossons glacier (Mont Blanc massif, France). Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 40(9).


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