Frédéric Parrenin

Born 21/10/1975 at Les Fins (Doubs, France)
Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (IGE)
Bâtiment Glaciologie, 54 rue Molière, BP 96, 38402 Saint Martin d’Hères Cedex

Scholar curriculum

Former student of ENS Ulm in mathematics.
Master in numerical analysis in 1998 (grade Very Good, rank 1).
PhD in Earth Sciences at Joseph Fourier University (Grenoble) in 2002, supervisors Jean Jouzel and Dominique Raynaud.
Habilitation thesis of Joseph Fourier University (Grenoble) in 2013.


Post-doc at CNES (Toulouse) between october 2002 et october 2004.
"Chargé de recherche CNRS 2ème classe" between October 2004 and October 2011.
"Chargé de recherche CNRS 1ère classe" between October 2011 and October 2018.
"Directeur de recherche CNRS" since October 2018.


59 rank A publications among which 14 in first author, h-index : 31.
Participating author in the 4th and 5th IPCC reports.


Bronze Medal of CNRS, section 19, in 2008.
Higly cited researcher Thomson-Reuters since 2014.

Area of expertise

Climate change, paleoclimatology, glaciology, numerical modeling, data assimilation, ice sheets, dating, greenhouse gases, conceptual modeling, analytical developments, glacial cycles, orbital variations, viscous flow.

Teaching and popularization

About 100 hours of teaching and public conferences each year, on: Climate change, paleoclimatology, glaciology, programming.


Currently Ice^3 team manager, and former deputy-manager of the "Paléoclimats" team.
Current French manager of the Beyond-EPICA Oldest Ice Core European H2020 project (expected budget: 11 M€).
Current manager of the French-Russian International Associate Laboratory 'Ice Archives'.
Current manager of the CNRS/INSU/LEFE project CO2Role, and former manager of the CNRS/INSU/LEFE project IceChrono.
Former PI of the ANR project MIDIGA (2006-2009, 215 k€)
Former communication manager of the LGGE lab


Organized several session at international conferences
Co-organized the international symposium "Radioglaciology and its applications" in Madrid in 2008.
Organized an international ice core workshop in Grenoble in 2015.
Organized the French-Russian LIA seminar in 2017.


Supevised 14 master students.
Supervised 6 PhD thesis.
Supervised 1 post-doc.