Matthieu Galvez

Expertise: Hydrogeology
Expedition Role: Student, Hydrology
Affiliation: Ecole Normale Supérieure and The Paris School of Mines

I am Matthieu Emmanuel Galvez. I grow up in Metz, North East of France with my 2 brothers and my sister. My parents would frequently show us the nature that surrounded our house. My father described the insects (ants...) to us with such an enthusiasm that it soon became my passion, too.! I got my first Globe at the age of 6 and was fascinated by this small earth enlightened. I resolved some years later to become a specialist of the Earth, and read many books by old geologists and naturalists. My passion never ceased growing so I decided to head to the Ecole Normale Supérieur in Paris, the best place in France to study the Earth. I got in after 2 years of intense physics, mathematics and chemistry studies.

While at the Ecole Normale Superieur, I got the opportunity to travel abroad for a 6 month internship that was spent at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. I attended the AbSciCon conference 2006 where I met Nathalie Cabrol, whose work fascinated me, along with the broad “life in extreme environment“ topic. We had a good contact and she soon invited me to be part of the next High Lakes mission as her assistant, and here I am!

During this expedition which is my first participation, I will discover the field branch of life in extreme environments and I will endeavor to help Nathalie Cabrol in her studies, particularly dealing with geological environment and hydrological studies. I will also help with the biological sampling in the hydrothermal sources and geophysical measures if needed.

I want to immerse myself in an exciting part of science to me that is the FIELD!!!, and being also fond of hiking, the athletic part of the expedition will also be a great challenge! This mission will be a part of my last year of Masters Degree in geological science (hydrogeology) in the Ecole Normale Supérieure and The Paris School of Mines.