1 September 2016



Research identifiers

ResearchID: A-2331-2009

ORCID: 0000-0003-4304-9878

Scopus author ID: 11040243000


Education and degrees

2001 – Habilitation thesis: Plume tectonics on the terrestrial planets, Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris, France

1994 – Ph.D., Geodynamics and Physics of the Earth, Paris-Sud University, Orsay, France: Volcanic-tectonic evolution of the Tharsis bulge on Mars

1991 – M.Sc., Geodynamics and Physics of the Earth, Paris-Sud University, Orsay, France

1988 – B.Sc., Geography, University of Strasbourg, France



07/2015-now – Visiting Professor, Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

2011-06/2015 – Visiting Professor, Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław, Poland

2004-2011 – Maître de conférence, Planetology and Geodynamics Lab, Nantes University, France

2004 – Lecturer, Graduate School of GIS and Remote Sensing, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

1997-2004 – Maître de conférences, Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris, France

1997 – Assistant Professor, Blaise-Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France

1995-1996 – Data Manager, NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, Orsay, France; Postdoc, Geomechanics-Rock Fracture Group at University of Nevada, Reno, USA; Postdoc, Institute for Planetary Research at DLR Berlin, Germany

1993-1994 – Teaching Assistant, University of Versailles, France


PhD and postdoc supervision

PhD students

2012-2015 – Marta Skiścim: Characterization of basalt alteration in various climate environments using nanosurface analysis techniques, implications for evolution of the Martian climate (associate supervisor: Leszek Markowski, Institute of Experimental Physics, Univ. Wrocław, 50%). Marta is currently ending another PhD in experimental physics at University of Wrocław

2012-2015 – Magdalena Makowska: Genesis of tectonic features resulting from gravitational spreading of topographic ridges on Earth and Mars (associate supervisor: Frédéric Gueydan, Géosciences Montpellier, 50%). Since 2015 Magda is an independent researcher in Wrocław

2012-2015 – Krzysztof Dębniak: New observations and GIS synthesis of the geology of Valles Marineris on Mars. Since 2015 Krzysztof is researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences

2012-2015 – Timur Borikov: Physical processes at bedrock/landslide interface (associate supervisor: Anne Mangeney, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, 50%). Since 2015 Timur is currently freelance software programer in Odessa

2010 – Olga Kromusczyńska: Geology and geomorphology of Valles Marineris, Mars (associate supervisor: Andrzej Żelaźniewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, 50%). Since 2015 Olga is now researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences

2006-2010 – Antoine Lucas: Granular modelling of gravitational instabilities, applications to Mars (associate supervisor: Anne Mangeney, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, 50%). Since 2013 Antoine is a postdoc at AIM Laboratory in Paris

2005-2008 – Laetitia Le Deit: Mineralogy and geomorphology of Valles Marineris, Mars (associate supervisor: Christophe Sotin, Univ. Nantes, 40%). Since 2016 Laetitia is Associate Professor at University of Nantes


2013-2015 – Luigi Castaldo: SHARAD processing of SHARAD data in the Valles Marineris region of Mars. Since 2016 Luigi is Database Manager in the Horizon 2020/Europlanet project

2013-2015 – Marta Kubiak: New processing scheme for thermal inertia mapping of the surface of Mars using Mars Odyssey/THEMIS data. Since 2015 Marta Kubiak is an independent researcher in Hanover

2012-2013 – Antoine Séjourné: Evolution of periglacial landforms on Earth (Yakoutia, Canada, Spitzberg) and Mars. Since 2015 Antoine is now Associate Professor at Paris-Sud University

2012-2013 – Marion Massé: Formation of secondary sulphates in glacial environment: experimental approach and application to Mars. Since 2015 Marion is currently a postdoc at University of Nantes

2009 – Joanna Gurgurewicz: Study of basalt alteration in terrestrial arid environments for interpretation of infrared spectra of Martian basalts (1 year). Since 2010 Joanna is now researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences


Involvement in space missions

ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars TGO CaSSIS instrument: Associate Investigator (selection for ExoMars Guest Investigator in prog.)

ESA/Mars Express HRSC instrument: Associate Investigator

NASA New Horizons mission: Science Team Collaborator

JAXA/ESA ALOS instrument: Research project PI


Awarded research project (last 10 years)

Ongoing projects, PI

2016-2018 –  NCN: V-MACS: New views on the giant Martian canyon system (180,000 €)

2011-2016 – P&R Geological Consultants: Cenozoic volcanism of Southeast Ethiopia (50,000 €)

2006-2016 – CNES: Preparatory studies for interpretation of the NASA/NewHorizons mission data (55,000 €)

Ongoing projects, participant

2015-2018 – H2020-INFRAIA-2014-2015: Participant, WP8, Europlanet 2020-RI (9,945,000 €)

Completed projects

2011-2015 – FNP/TEAM (PI): WROONA Project, ING PAN, Wrocław (800,000 €)

2014 – CNRS/OSUNA: Glacial processes on Earth and Mars

2009-2010 – IPEV/TAAF:  Volcanology and evolution of Possession Island, Crozet archipelago

2010 – CNRS/INSU/Marges (PI): Cenozoic uplift of the northern Somalia Plate

2009 – Pays de la Loire Region (PI): Hyperspectral characterisation of altered basalts

2009 – CNRS/INSU/Marges (PI): Cenozoic magmatic evolution of the northern Somalia Plate

2008 – Pexco Exploration (PI): Geology of concession blocks 18-19-21, Southeast Ethiopia

2008 – CNRS/INSU/Reliefs (PI): Gravitational spreading on Mars

2006 to 2014 – CNRS/PNP: Glacial processes on Mars (recurring one-year projects)

2006-2009 – ESA (PI): Contribution of ALOS/PALSAR to the detection of magmatic dykes

(Amount of funding indicated when > 50,000€)


Outreach and science popularisation (last 10 years)

Radio broadcast (Pluto) : 3rd February 2016, Alternantes FM : Société d’astronomie de Nantes : la marche de Daniel Mège.

Radio broadcast (Pluto) : Radio Prun, Janvier 2016

Conference speaker: The world of Pluto (Le monde étrange de Pluton après New Horizons), Nantes Astronomical Society, 20 January 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljrRhaMTDME&ab_channel=Astraer

Invited Speaker: International Science Fiction Festival, Utopiales, Nantes, 29 October-2 November 2015

Live commentary of the first closest approach images of the Pluto-Charon System by NASA/New Horizons, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Paris, organised by CNES, CNRS and the Astronomical Society of France, 15 July 2015, http://www.planetastronomy.com/special/2015-special/15jul/Pluton-NH.htm

Documentary interview: Geology beyond the Earth: Discovering Mars, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_pncvNZ1mE

Exhibition: Face to face with a comet: Lower Silesian Science Festival 2014, http://www.festiwal.wroc.pl/english/index.php?c=article&id=241

Exhibition: Walk on the Moon, on the way to Mars: Lower Silesian Science Festival 2013, http://www.festiwal.wroc.pl/english/?c=article&id=173

Exhibition: Martian landscapes: Lower Silesian Science Festival 2012, http://www.festiwal.wroc.pl/english/index.php?c=article&id=65

Planetary Image of the Month: An ancient glacial system in Valles Marineris, Mars, by O. Bourgeois, M. Gourronc, D. Mège and S. Pochat, May 2014


Video: Toward Pluto, the New Horizons mission (in French). Nantes University, 2007 (13 min)

Dailymotion video: “Daniel Mège, geologist for science” (in French), Dir. T. Kruger, 2009 (20 min)

Radio broadcasts/podcasts: Prun Radio, France: the Kuiper Belt (2007, 10 min), Mars (2009, 1h)


Group management

2011-2015 – PI, Wrocław Group for Planetology Advance (WROONA), Polish Academy of Sciences (10 researchers)

2007-2011 – Deputy Director of Studies, 1st year undergraduate studies in Biology, Geosciences and Chemistry (500 students/year), Faculty of Science, Nantes University, France


Organisation of conferences and workshops

International Committee Member, 7th International Dyke Conference, August 18-20, 2016, Beijing, China

Chairman, ESA workshop Mars – Connecting Planetary Scientists in Europe, June 3-6, 2014, Warsaw, Poland

Co-Chairman, First Planetary Science and Instrumentation Meeting, January 15-16, 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Co-chairman, First Martian Cryosphere Wrocshop, January 21-23, 2013, Wrocław, Poland

Co-chairman, Second Martian Cryosphere Wrocshop, February 10-12, 2014, Wrocław, Poland

Chairman, French National Workshop on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, CNES, January 11-12, 2007, Nantes, France