François Ribalet

Principal Research Scientist

University of Washington

I am a biological oceanographer working as a senior research scientist at the University of Washington. I study how unicellular plankton respond to environmental perturbations and ultimately how they are adapting to warming oceans. My research approach combines mechanistic models with observations from the shipboard flow cytometer SeaFlow to infer growth and mortality rates, two key traits that govern how these organisms interact with their environment.


  • Oceanography
  • Plankton Ecology
  • Flow Cytometry


  • PhD in Biological Sciences, 2007

    Open University, London UK

  • MSc in Biological Oceanology and Marine Environment, 2003

    University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris FR

  • BSc in Population Biology and Ecosystems, 2001

    University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris FR