MSc Biogeosciences Brice Prudat

Curriculum Vitae

2004 to 2007

University of Neuchâtel (CH), Bachelor Studies in Biology.

2007 to June 2010

University of Neuchâtel (CH), Master Studies in Biogeosciences. Master project: Organic matter in the sandy soils of palm orchards in the Tunisian Jerid (in French).

Oct. 2010 to Feb. 2011

University of Lausanne (CH), Technical assistant. FTIR spectrometry.

Feb. to May. 2011

University of Neuchâtel (CH), Technical assistant. Laboratory management.

May to Sept. 2011

University of Neuchâtel (CH), Technical assistant. Writing of a SNF PhD project about “Soil structure formation in cultivated Saharan sandy soils”.

Nov. 2012 to present

University of Basel (CH), PhD student. Research project: Communal Land Reform. Implications of Land Registration in North-Central Namibia: an ecological assessment.

 

Current project

The current PhD project is under the supervision of N. J. Kuhn and is part of a project called “Communal land reform in Namibia – Implications of individualisation of land tenure” which is coordinated by L. Bloemertz.

The Namibian communal land reform should increase the individualisation of land tenure and its impacts on the social structure and the environment is unclear. Focusing my PhD on soils, I would like to understand the perception of soil quality and degradation, especially from the perspective of the farmers. My main research so far has been focused on understanding the local soil classification and finding out the sensitivity of each soil in changing conditions.

Farmers are aware of soil and land degradation and aware of the problems they are facing. Soil units have been defined based on interviews (called OuKwanyama Soil Units). Despite some differences, many similarities appear between the local soil units and the international soil classes. However, given the semi-arid conditions, influence on rainwater on soil hydrology is taken much more into consideration in the Oukwanyama classification system.

For this reason, soil water dynamic has been studied in the area. Soil wetness has been monitored, from February to June 2014, into two soils defined as two different KwSU. Besides, a new method to study soil wetness dynamic that could be implemented in this area has been tested.

List of Publications

Prudat, Brice, N. J. Kuhn, and L. Bloemertz, 2014. Indigenous vs. International Soil Classification System in Ohangwena Region, Namibia. Poster presented at the EGU General Assembly Conference, April 27, 2014.

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