M.S., Université de Bretagne Occidentale; Ph.D., James Cook University
With more than 15 coral spawning events around the world: Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia, Caribbean, and the Bahamas, Puill-Stephan has accumulated extensive experience and knowledge on the early life-history of corals. He proved that some broadcast spawning corals were able to form chimeric colonies with genetically different individuals cohabitating within the same colony. Recently, together with SCBI scientists, he was involved in the creation of the first frozen repository for corals from the Great Barrier Reef.
Puill-Stephan earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France. He then obtained a doctorate in 2011 from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. After this he worked as a research assistant for Madeleine van Oppen at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and then as an experimental scientist at the National Sea Simulator of the AIMS.
At 13 years old, Puill-Stephan had the rare opportunity to sail around the Atlantic Ocean on the old sailing boat Fleur de Lampaul. This trip allowed him to visit Madeira, French Guyana, Caribbean, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Azores and is probably why he now studies and protects coral reefs as a career.