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Profil de Luc LAMBS


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Téléphone / phone: 05 61 55 89 21

Bureau / office : 339

Institution : CNRS

Statut / status: Chercheur

Adresse professionnelle / address:

University Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier
Bâtiment 4R1
118 route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse cedex 9

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  • BSc in Chemistry, University of Strasbourg (1979)
  • Master in Physiology, University of Poitiers (1981)
  • Postgraduate diploma in Applied Chemistry, University of Poitiers (1982)
  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Toulouse III (1983)
  • Doctorat d'Etat in Chemistry, University of Toulouse III (1988)

Employment history:

  • Research assistant, in Chemistry CNRS, detached to INSERM, Toulouse (1984-1985)
  • Research scientist, in Chemistry CNRS, detached to INSERM, Toulouse (1985-1999)
  • Postdoctoral position, University of Wroclaw, Poland (1991)
  • Research scientist, in Ecology CNRS, Toulouse (1999-2012)
  • Senior scientist, in Ecology CNRS, Toulouse (2012-) 

Eco-hydrology in wetlands

•Water-Plant linkages, water origin and transfer

•Mixing of ground and river water, fresh and seawater

•Functional ecology studies in mangrove, swamp, riparian and cloud forests

Main topics

•Water circulation in river basins and wetlands

•Influence of vegetation on water quality, bioremediation

•Adaptation of vegetation on climate change and resilience ability


•Stables isotopes (18O and Deuterium), variation of in d-excess

•Sap flux in tree

•Dendrochronology, dendro-isotopic and 14C determination


Principal Investigator:

- CNRS PICS program in India: study of Western Ghats water cycle (2010-2013)

- CNRS PIR program on Ecological Engineering: use of the mangrove of Mayotte Island for bio-remediation (2007-2010)

- CNRS EDD funds for the creation of a stable isotopic platform (2008),

- Regional Project Help n°97002315 on the study on Poplar functioning (1999-2001)


- CNRS program on Scattered Island with F. Fromard (2010-2013)

- Ministry of sustainable development, Galet program with J. Steiger on Garonne and Allier rivers (2007-2010),

- PNEC program on French Guyana mangrove with F. Fromard (2003-2005)

- European 5FP program Flobar 2: EVK1-1999-00154 with K. Richards & F. Hughes (2000-2003), in charged of WP2,


PhD supervision (in Ecology only):

- Soumaïla Condé (2014-2017): Study of the Milo river, in collaboration of D. Corenblit, University of Kankan, Guinea

- Mélanie Herteman (2006-2010): use of the Malamani mangrove for waste water bioremediation, in collaboration with F. Fromard and J. Sanchez-Perez, University of Toulouse III, France.

- Mohamed Labiod (2006-2009): Riparian forest of the Tafna river, University of Tlemcen, Algeria.


Contribution to other PhD work:

-Aliénor Lavergne (2013-2016): Evaluation of tree-ring archive paleoclimatic tracer in northern Patagonia, University of Paris-Saclay, France.

-Muguli Tripti (2011-2014): Geochemical and isotopic studies of the Swarna river, SW India, University of Manipal, Karnataka, India.

-Félix Bompy(2010-2013): Study of the seasonal variation of swamp and mangrove forests, University of Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe

- Mohamed Sbabdji (2009-2012): Infestation of cedar trees by the pine caterpillar in the Chréa forest, University of El-Harrach, Algeria.

- Aline B. Horwath (2008-2011): Epiphytic bryophytes as cloud forest indicators: stable isotopes, biomass and diversity along an altitudinal gradient in Peru, University of Cambridge, UK.

Main/Recent publications



  • M. Tripti, L. Lambs, G. P. Gurumurthy, I. Moussa, K. Balakrishna and M. D. Chadaga. 2016. Water circulation and governing factors in humid tropical river basins in the central Western Ghats, Karnataka, India. Rapid Comm. in Mass Spectrometry 30: 175-190.                                                                                          
  • L. Lambs, P. Mangion, E. Mougin and F. Fromard. 2016. Water cycle and salinity dynamics in the mangrove forests of Europa and Juan de Nova Islands, southwest Indian Ocean. Rapid Comm. in Mass Spectrometry 30: 311-320.   


  • L. Lambs, F. Bompy, D. Imbert, D. Corenblit, M. Dulormne. 2015. Seawater and freshwater circulations through coastal forested wetlands on a Caribbean island.Water 7, 4108-4128. DOI 10.3390/w7084108                                       
  • D. Corenblit, A. Baas, T. Balke, T. Bouma, F. Fromard, V. Garófano-Gómez, E.González, A.M. Gurnell, B. Hortobágyi, F. Julien, D. Kim, L. Lambs, J.A. Stallins, J. Steiger, E. Tabacchi, R. Walcker. Engineer pioneer plants respond to and affect geomorphic constraints similarly along water-terrestrial interfaces worldwide.Global Ecology and Biogeography, 1-14.DOI 10.1111/geb.12373                   
  • M. Sbabdji, L. Lambs, A. Haddad, B. Kadik. 2015. Effect of periodic defoliations by Thaumetopea Pityocampa Schiff on radial growth in cedar woodland in Chréa, Algéria.Rev. Ecologie (Terre et Vie) 70: 371-386.                                      
  • Gurumurthy GP, Balakrishna K, Tripti M, J. Riotte , S. Audry, JJ. Braun, L. Lambs, Udaya Shankar HN 2015. Sources and processes affecting the chemistry of subsurface waters along a tropical river basin, Southwestern India.Environ Earth Sci73 :333-346.                                                                                              


  • D. Corenblit, J. Steiger, G. Charrier, J. Darrozes, J. Dousseau, E. González, A.M. Gurnell, F. Julien, L. Lambs, S. Larrue, E. Roussel, F. Vautier, O. Voldoire 2014. The biogeomorphological life cycle of Populus nigra L. during the fluvial biogeomorphological succession.Earth Surface Processes Landforms 39:546-563.                                                                                                       


  • M. Tripti, L. Lambs, G.P. Gurumurthy, R. Teisserenc, I. Moussa, K. Balakrishna and J.L. Probst 2013. First assessment of water and carbon cycles in two tropical coastal rivers of south-west India: an isotopic approach.Rapid Comm. in Mass Spectrometry 27: 1681-1689.                                                                          
  • L. Lambs, I. Moussa and F. Brunet 2013. Air Masses Origin and Isotopic Tracers: A Study Case of the Oceanic and Mediterranean Rainfall Southwest of France.Water 5: 617-628.                                                                      
  • P.O. Antoine, M. Roddaz, S. Brichau, J. Tejada-Lara, R. Salas-Gismondi, A. Altamirano, M. Louterbach, L.Lambs, T. Otto, S. Brusset 2013. Middle Miocene vertebrates from Amazonian Madre de Dios Subandean Zone, Peru.Journal of South American Earth Sciences 42: 90-102.                         
  • A. Bouchez, N. Pascault, C. Chardon, M. Bouvy, Ph. Cecchi, L.Lambs, H. Herteman, F. Fromard, P. Got, Ch. Leboulanger 2013. Mangrove microbial diversity and the impact of trophic contamination.Marine Pollution Bulletin 66: 39-46. 



  • L. Lambs, K. Balakrishna and I. Moussa 2012. Response to comment on “Tracing the sources of water using stable isotopes: first results along the Mangalore-Udupi region, south-west coast of India. Rapid Comm. in Mass Spectrometry 26: 876-879.                                                                                                           
  • L. Lambs, A. Horwath, T. Otto, F. Julien and P.-O. Antoine 2012. Isotopic values of the Amazon headwaters in Peru: comparison of the wet upper Río Madre de Dios watershed with the dry Urubamba-Apurimac river system.Rapid Comm. in Mass Spectrometry26: 775-784.   


  • L.Lambs, A. Léopold, B. Zeller, M. Herteman and F. Fromard 2011. Tracing sewage water by 15N in a mangrove ecosystem to test its bioremediation ability.Rapid Comm. in Mass Spectrometry 25: 2777-2784.                                     
  • L.Lambs, GP Gurumurthy and K. Balakrishna 2011. Tracing the sources of water using stable isotopes: first results along the Mangalore-Udupi region, southwest coast of India. Rapid Comm. in Mass Spectrometry 25: 2769-2776.  
  • L.Lambs and A. Saenger 2011. Sap flow measurements of Ceriops tagal and Rhizophora mucronata mangrove trees by deuterium tracing and lysimetry. Rapid Comm. in Mass Spectrometry25: 2741-2748.                         
  • M. Herteman, F. FromardandL. Lambs 2011. Effects of pretreated domestic wastewater supplies on leaf pigment content, photosynthesis rate and growth of mangrove trees: a field study from Mayotte Island, SW Indian Ocean.Ecological Engineering 37: 1283-1291.                                                          
  • J. Orivel. L.Lambs, P-J. G. Malé, C. Leroy, J. Grangier, T. Otto, A. Quilichini and A. Dejean 2011. Dynamics of the association between a long-lived understory myrmecophyte and its specific associated ants.Oecologia 165: 369-376.                                                                                                   


  • E. Muller, L. Lambsand F. Fromard. 2009. Variations in water use by a mature mangrove of Avicennia  germinans, French Guiana.Annal of Forest Sciences 66: 803-811.                                                                                       
  • E. Muller andL. Lambs. 2009.Daily variation of sapflow in poplar clone I214.Water1: 32-42.                                                                                
  • M. Sabddji, O. El Hadi, A. Haddad, B. Kadik and L. Lambs. 2009. Cedar tree growth (Cedrus atlantica Manetti) in the Chréa National Park, Algeria, and the influence on their defoliation by the pine processionary caterpillar (Thaumetopoea pityocampa Schiff).Revue Ecologie(Terre Vie) 64: 323-332.                                
  •  L. Lambs, F. Brunet and J-L Probst. 2009. Isotopic characteristics of the Garonne River and its tributaries.Rapid Comm. In Mass Spectrometry 23: 1-8.                                                                                                                         
  • L. Lambsand M. Labiod. 2009.Climate change and water availability in NE Algeria: investigation by stable isotopes and dendrochronology.Water International39: 280-286.                                                                                       








  •  FMR Hughes, WM Adams, E Muller, C Nilsson, KS Richards, N Barsoum, H Decamps, R Foussadier, J Girel, H Guilloy, A Hayes, M Johansson, L Lambs, G Pautou, JL Peiry, M Perrow, F Vautier, M Winfield. 2001. The importance of different scale processes for the restoration of floodplain woodlands.Regulated Rivers: Research & Management 17: 325-345.                        


  • E. Tabacchi, L Lambs, H Guilloy, AM Planty-Tabacchi, E Muller, H Decamps. Impacts of riparian vegetation on hydrological processes.Hydrological Processes 14: 2959-2976.                                                                                      
  • L. Lambs. Correlation of conductivity and stable isotope d18O for the assessment of water origin in river system.Chemical Geology 164: 161-170.       
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