Olivier Marchal’s research focuses on ways to understand the
circulation of the ocean through chemical tracers from the water column
and seafloor sediments. He works to overcome barriers between physical
oceanographers, paleoceanographers, and marine geochemists, who “don’t
talk to each other much,” he said. Marchal grew up in Tournai, Belgium.
He earned a bachelor’s degree at the Free University of Brussels, two
master’s degrees at the University of Liège, and a doctorate degree at
the University Pierre et Marie Curie of Paris. He spent five years as a
postdoctoral scholar at the University of Bern. He lives in Falmouth
with his wife and three children.