Léo Berline

Associate professor





Campus de Luminy, 162 Av. de Luminy

13288 Marseille cedex 9


Email : leo.berline [at]

Research Interests

Physical-biological coupling, Lagrangian transport, Connectivity, Zooplankton, Jellyfish

Current research

Sargassum Evolving Distribution in the Atlantic (SAREDA)

Quantifying connectivity in the Mediterranean Sea (CoConet project)

Modelling of jellyfish transport and stranding in the NorthWest Mediterranean ( MedAzur project)

Past research

 Modelling of gelatinous zooplankton (SESAME-IP)

 Interannual fluctuations of zooplankton and hydrology in the Mediterranean (SESAME-IP)

 Krill transport in the Arctic Ocean ( NSF project SNACS)

 Impact of a diminished ice cover on the Arctic marine ecosystem (SYNTHESIS)

 Prototype of a coupled physical-biogeochemical forecasting system for the Atlantic Ocean ( MERSEA Project)


On Scholar


Berline L, Rammou A-M, Doglioli A, Molcard A, Petrenko A 2014 A Connectivity-Based Eco-Regionalization Method of the Mediterranean Sea. PLoS ONE 9(11): e111978. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111978, pdf


Lilley MKS, Ferraris M, Elineau A, Berline L, Cuvillier P, Gilletta L, Lombard F, 2014 Culture and growth of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in the laboratory, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 510:265-273


Roullier, F., Berline, L., Guidi, L., Sciandra, A., Durrieu De Madron, X., Picheral, M., Pesant, S., and Stemmann, L. 2014 Particle size distribution and estimated carbon flux across the Arabian Sea Oxygen Minimum Zone, Biogeosciences, 11, 4541-4557, pdf


Berline L, Zakardjian B, Molcard A, Ourmières Y. Guihou K. 2013 Modelling transport and stranding of jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in the Ligurian Sea Marine Pollution Bulletin, 70 (1-2) 90-99, pdf


Vandromme P, Stemmann L, Garcia-Comas C, Berline L, Sun X, Gorsky G 2012 Assessing biases in computing size spectra of automatically classified zooplankton from imaging systems: A case study with the ZooScan integrated system  Methods in oceanography, 1-2, 3-21


Ferraris M, Berline L, Lombard F, Guidi L, Elineau A, Mendoza-Vera M, Lilley MKS,  Taillandier V, Gorsky G 2012 Distribution of Pelagia noctiluca (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) in the Ligurian Sea (NW Mediterranean Sea) Journal of Plankton Research, 34(10), 874-885, pdf


Berline L, Siokou-Frangou I, Marasović I, Vidjak O, Fernández de Puelles ML, Mazzocchi MG, Assimakopoulou G, Zervoudaki S, Fonda Umani S, Conversi A, Garcia-Comas C, Ibanez F, Gasparini S, Stemmann L, Gorsky G. 2012 Intercomparison of six Mediterranean zooplankton time series. Progress in Oceanography, 97-100, 76-91, pdf


Bernard P., Berline L, Gorsky G. 2011 Long term (1981-2008) monitoring of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) on Mediterranean Coasts (Principality of Monaco and French Riviera) Journal of Oceanographic Research and Data, 4(1), 1-10, pdf


Vandromme P, Stemmann L, Berline L, Gasparini S, Mousseau L, Prejger F, Passafiume O, Guarini J-M, Gorsky G. 2011 Inter-annual fluctuations of zooplankton communities in the Bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer  from 1995 to 2005 (Northern Ligurian Sea, France), Biogeosciences, 8, 3143-3158, pdf


Garcia-Comas C, Stemmann L, Ibanez F, Berline L, Mazzocchi M-G, Gasparini S, Prejger F, Picheral M Gorsky G. 2011 Zooplankton long-term changes in the NW Mediterranean Sea: Decadal periodicity forced by winter hydrographic conditions related to large-scale atmospheric changes? Journal of Marine Systems, 87(3-4), 216-226, abstract


Berline L, Stemmann L, Vichi M, Lombard F and Gorsky G. 2011 Impact of appendicularians on detritus and export fluxes: a model approach at Dyfamed site, Journal of Plankton Research, 33 (6): 855-872., pdf


Zhang J., Spitz Y., Steele M., Ashjian C., Campbell R., Berline L., Matrai P. 2010. Modeling the Impact of Declining Sea Ice on the Arctic Marine Planktonic Ecosystem, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, C10015, doi:10.1029/2009JC005387, pdf


Berline L., Spitz Y.H., Ashjian C.J., Campbell R.G., Maslowski W. Moore S.E. 2008. Euphausiid transport in the Western Arctic Ocean, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 360:163-178. pdf


Berline L., Brankart J-M., Ourmières Y., Brasseur P. and Verron, J. 2007. Improving the physics of a coupled physical–biogeochemical model of the North Atlantic through data assimilation: Impact on the ecosystem, Journal of Marine Systems, 64(1-4), 153-172. pdf


Berline L., Testut C-E., Brasseur P. and Verron J. 2006. Variability of the Gulf Stream position and transport between 1992 and 1999: A re-analysis based on a data assimilation experiment, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 27(2), 417-432. pdf


Ourmières Y., Brankart J-M., Berline L. Brasseur P. and Verron, J. 2006. Incremental Analysis Update Implementation into a Sequential Ocean Data Assimilation System, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 23(12), 1729-1744. pdf


Berline L 2006 Assimilation de données dans un modèle couplé physique-biogéochimie de l’Atlantique Nord, PhD thesis, Université Joseph Fourier- Grenoble. pdf


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Last update: 2018