About me

Cecile Prigent

I am currently Assistant Professor at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) of the University of Paris, working on lithosphere deformation and fluid flow at plate boundaries. Information about my research interests, projects and contributions can be found within these pages. Welcome.


  • Since Sept. 2020 : Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor), IPGP (Université de Paris)
  • 2017-2020: Postdoctoral researcher, with Jessica Warren (University of Delaware)
  • Jan. 2017: PhD in Geological Sciences from the University Grenoble-Alpes (France), with Stéphane Guillot (ISTerre, Grenoble) and Philippe Agard (ISTeP, Paris VI)
  • Jun. 2013: MSc in Geological Sciences from the University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble)
  • 2009-2013: Elѐve normalienne (ENS Lyon)

Research interests

I am a geologist who explores the physical and chemical processes governing lithosphere tectonics and mechanics. My research focuses on understanding how feedback processes between rock deformation and fluid migration influence rock mechanics at the micro-scale to the long-term dynamics and seismic behavior of tectonic plate boundaries at the lithospheric scale.

To do this, I principally conduct geological fieldwork and integrated, petrological-geochemical-(micro)structural, studies of exhumed fault zones, mainly upper mantle shear zones sampled at the seafloor, or exposed on land, at ophiolites and orogenic massifs.

Current Projects