Cecile Rousseaux, Research Scientist

Cecile Rousseaux


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Bldg. 33, Room G109, Code 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-5750
Fax: 301-314-5644
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Dr. Cécile S. Rousseaux works on the effects of climate variability on phytoplankton using a satellite data assimilating global biogeochemical model (NOBM, with Dr. Watson W. Gregg (NASA, GSFC). She is part of the MARine Ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project (MAREMIP) project that aims to foster the development of models based on phytoplankton functional types in order to progress towards the resolution of important scientific questions ( She is also part of the Carbon Monitoring System (, an initiative to characterize, quantify, understand and predict the evolution of global carbon sources and sinks. She is part of the Suomi NPP Science Team.


Dr. Cécile S. Rousseaux graduated from the “Faculté universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix” in Namur (Belgium) with first-class honors, after spending six months working with the CSIRO in Tasmania (Australia) as part of her honors degree. This experience resulted in an honours degree thesis entitled “A study of the effects of microzooplankton grazing on the diurnal vertical migration of the toxic dinoflagellate Gymnodinium catenatum in the Huon Estuary (Tasmania)”. She began a Masters degree in Oceanography at the University of Liège (Belgium) on the “Impact of climate changes on the dynamics of plankton in the Bay of Calvi, Corsica”, and then moved to the University of Western Australia to pursue a PhD degree on the “Oceanographic forcing of phytoplankton dynamics in the waters off north Western Australia”. During those four years of doctoral work, she received several awards including: the Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) award for best science-based work, the ASLO Outstanding student presentation award and was a finalist for the IOC/UNESCO award. In 2011, she finished her PhD and embarked onto a postdoctoral position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) as part of GESTAR. In 2012 she was promoted to Research Scientist.