The Academic influence website recently published a list of the 10 most influential scientists for their exciting and innovative contributions to the study of Earth sciences. Among them is Isabelle Daniel, a former student of the ENS de Lyon and member of the Laboratory of geology of Lyon.
Top Influential Earth Scientists Today
Earth scientists include meteorologists, geologists, physicists, geographers, mathematicians, and much more, all dedicated to seeking out the answers to our biggest questions about the planet.
Among these outstanding academicians in the field of earth sciences, Isabelle Daniel is highlighted for the exciting and innovative contributions she is making to the general study of earth sciences.
Isabelle Daniel is a mineralogist for the Claude Bernard University Lyon 1. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s in Earth sciences at École normale supérieure de Lyon and her Ph.D from Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. She went on to also earn a master’s in geology from the University of Rennes. Her research has focused on mineral interactions under the most extreme conditions available and the extreme pressure or temperatures create conditions inhospitable for life. She also studies the biosignatures of early life in near impossible conditions.
In addition to her work as a mineralogist, Daniel is a professor for the Laboratory of geology of Lyon and also Dean of the Observatory of Earth Sciences and Astrophysics of Lyon. She has been vice president of the European Mineralogical Union since 2016. She is chair of the Deep Energy Scientific Steering Committee for the Deep Carbon Observatory and co-chair of the Deep Carbon Science in the Context of Geologic Time Gordon Research Conference.
Her research employs methods such as synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, which she uses to study serpentine minerals, chemistry of hydrous minerals, interactions at high pressure and high temperatures, and microbial life.