Professional summary

Research Interests

Virginie is currently leading water resource modelling work and model development within the Water Resources Systems (WRA) group. She is specialised in large scale modelling of water resources including rainfall runoff, current and future estimates of water demand, and water quality. Virginie has extensive experience in modelling the fate and behaviour of point source chemicals (eg. pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles, ...) in UK, European and international contexts. She is currently leading the prediction of exposure to chemicals in freshwater within the NERC funded project, ChemPop.

As an environmental modeller, Virginie has been involved in many modelling projects at a range of scales from small catchments up to the whole of the European continent. Her current work focusses on the implementation of anthropogenic influences in hydrological models such as CEH's Global Water AVailability Assessment (GWAVA) model and JULES. 

Brief CV

Virginie has particular experience in working with point source pollution arising from household chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles, which are released from sewage treatment works and industrial effluents into surface waters and soils (after sludge disposal). Over the past few years, She has been actively involved in implementation of the GREAT-ER (Geo-referenced Regional Exposure Assessment Tool for European Rivers) methodology within the Low Flows 2000 hydrological software. This model has since been extensively applied to model the fate of various chemicals such as pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles across the UK. It is currently used to assess SARS-CoV-2 loads across UK river catchments with the NERC funded project N-WESP.

Recently, Virginie lead a project to generate a CEH reference dataset for daily and monthly 1-km gridded estimates of rainfall across the UK: the CEH-gridded estimates of areal rainfall (CEH-GEAR) dataset, which covers Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the period 1890-2012. Most recently, she has been modelling the fate of nanoparticles in rivers and soils over Europe. She was involved in the H2020 NanoFASE (Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Enviroment) project, as part of the modelling team herrole is to incorporate the fate and transport of nanomaterials within soils.

Virginie also works on a range of water resources modelling projects outside of Europe. She recently lead the "Upscaling of Hydrological processes to the Cauvery basin (India)" work package in the UPSCAPE (Upscaling Catchemnt Processes for Sustainable Water Management in Peninsular India) (Newton-Bhabha fund, SWR). She oversees the technical development of the Global Water AVailability Assessment (GWAVA) model. She is currently involved in a variety of projects focussing on the implementation of anthropogenic influences in a variety of models across various scales (HydroJules, Rivers-Brazil, ...)



2002 - 2007: PhD – “Estimating concentrations of point source domestic chemicals in surface waters”, Lancaster University

1994 – 1999: Diplôme d’Ingénieur (French qualification, recognised as MSc equivalent), numerical modelling and scientific computing, ISITV, Toulon, France.