Professor Benoit Thibodeau


(Office): Rm 507B, Mong Man Wai Building, CUHK
(Lab): Rm 507E and 508, Mong Man Wai Building, CUHK

People Benoit T 


(Office): (852) 3943 6390
(Lab): (852) 3943 0316

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2011 Ph.D Environmental Sciences, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada (GEOTOP)
2006 M.Sc Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada (GEOTOP)
2003 B.Sc. Geology (spec. environment), University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada


  • 2021-present     Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2015-2021         Research Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong
  • 2013-2015         Researcher, Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Literature, Mainz, Germany c/o Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR), Kiel, Germany
  • 2010-2013         Postdoctoral Fellow, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Research Interests

  • Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics
  • Stable Isotope Geochemistry
  • Anthropogenic impacts
  • Paleoceanography & paleoclimate

Representative Publications

  1. Thibodeau, B., Allais, L*., Agusto, L. E*., So, M. W. K*., & Cannicci, S. (2023). Isotopes of amino acids give novel insights on nitrogen sources partitioning and trophic position of invertebrates in a subtropical mangrove. Ecological Indicators, 150, 110261.
  2. Yau, Y. Y*., Geeraert, N., Baker, D. M., & Thibodeau, B. (2022). Elucidating seasonal changes in the source of atmospheric nitrogen pollution in a heavily urbanised environment using multiple stable isotopes. Science of the total Environment,
  3. Doherty, J.M.*, Ling, Y.F.#, Not, C., Erler, D., Bauch, H.A., Paytan, A., & Thibodeau, B. (2021). Freshening, stratification and deep-water formation in the Nordic Seas during marine isotope stage 11. Quaternary Science Reviews,
  4. Doherty, J.M*., Williams, B., Kline, E., Adey, W., & Thibodeau, B. (2021). Climate-modulated nutrient conditions along the Labrador Shelf: Evidence from nitrogen isotopes in a six-hundred-year-old crustose coralline alga. Paleoceanography & Paleoclimatology,
  5. Geeraert, N., Archana, A., Xu, M. N., Kao, S. J., Baker, D. M & Thibodeau, B. (2021) Investigating the link between Pearl River-induced eutrophication and hypoxia in Hong Kong shallow coastal waters. Science of the Total Environment,
  6. Yau, Y. Y., Baker, D. M., & Thibodeau, B (2020). Quantifying the impact of anthropogenic atmospheric nitrogen deposition on the generation of hypoxia under future emission scenarios in Chinese coastal waters. Environmental Science & Technology,
  7. Thibodeau, B Not, C., Zhu, J., Schmittner, A., Noone, D., Tabor, C., et al. (2018). Last Century Warming Over the Canadian Atlantic Shelves Linked to Weak Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(22), 12,376-12,385.
  8. Yau, Y. Y., Thibodeau, B., & Not, C. (2018). Impact of cutting meat intake on hidden greenhouse gas emissions in an import-reliant city. Environmental Research Letters, 13(6).
  9. Thibodeau, B., Bauch, D., & Voss, M. (2017). Nitrogen dynamic in Eurasian coastal Arctic ecosystem: Insight from nitrogen isotope. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 31(5), 836–849.
  10. Thibodeau, B., Bauch, H. A., & Pedersen, T. F. (2017). Stratification-induced variations in nutrient utilization in the Polar North Atlantic during past interglacials. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 457, 127–135.

Research Grants

  • 2024-2029, RGC AoE, Study of the Regional Earth System for Sustainable Development under Climate Change in the Greater Bay Area, 87,147,000 HKD
  • 2022-2024, ECF, Establishing ecological redundancy baseline for Hong Kong mangroves, 1,302,050 HKD 
  • 2021-2024, RGC GRF, Reconstruction of the western North Atlantic intermediate water temperature over the last 7,000 years, 666,512 HKD
  • 2019-2022, RGC CRF, SIRMS 2.0: Establishing Asia's premier stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry laboratory in Hong Kong, 7,604,007 HKD
  • 2019-2022, RGC GRF, Developing a high-resolution record of nitrogen isotopes in the sub-polar and polar North Atlantic during two key interglacial periods, 505,298 HKD
  • 2018-2019, Airport Authority Marine Ecology & Fisheries Enhancement Fund, Unravelling the strength behind the ecosystem resilience of Tung Chung mangrove: A high-resolution mapping of its food web, 615,620 HKD
  • 2014-2016, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Individual Research Grant, Unravelling the importance of the Laptev Sea system in the Arctic biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen, 45,600 €

Professional Activities

  • Scientific advisor, Seneca Impact Advisors
  • Advisory Board, Meo Air Analytic Ltd
  • Associate Editor | Frontiers in Marine Sciences | Marine Biogeochemistry | FEB 2018 – APR 2020
  • Review Editor | Frontiers in Marine Sciences | Marine Biogeochemistry | JUN 2015 - FEB 2018