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Environmental geology educator

François Marie Michel Morel, French environmental geology educator. Named Doherty professor in ocean utilization, 1974-1977; Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholar, 1967, Fulbright International travel scholar, 1967.


Morel, François Marie Michel was born on October 11, 1944 in Versailles, France. Came to the United States, 1967. Son of André Michael Jackson Morel and Elizabeth Penicaud.


License-és-Sciences in Mathematics Appliquées, University Grenoble, France, 1966. Diplôme d'Ingénieur Hydraulicien, University Grenoble, France, 1967. Master of Science in Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1968.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Sciences, California Institute of Technology, 1971.


Research fellow in environmental engineering science California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1971-1973. From assistant professor to associate professor to professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1973-1994. Professor geology Princeton (New Jersey) University, since 1994.

Visiting scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, since 1982. Associate director for research Ecole des Mines de Paris, 1986. Visiting professor Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, since 1987.

Panel on marine mineral technical National Research Council, 1976-1977, committee on ocean waste transportation, 1982-1984, committee on irrigation-induced water quality problems, 1985-1988. Participant workshops National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1977, 78, 79, technical reviewer, consultant. Panel on ocean mining National Advisory Committee for Oceans and Atmosphere, 1981-1982.

Participant workshops, consultant Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau Land Management, National Aerospace Administration, International Joint Commission. Environmental consultant Institut National de l'Environnement Industrial et des Risques, Environmental Defense Fund, Nashua Corporation, Water Purification Associates, Massachusetts Executive Office Environmental Affairs, Procter and Gamble, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ocean Mining Company, Pelican Pipe Company, National Highway Administration, Homestake Mining Company, Tetra Tech, MITRE Corporation, Ciba-Geigy, Alcoa, Gradient Corporation, AMOCO, other private public interest groups.


  • Achievements include research in theoretical and experimental studies on fate and effects of chemical pollutants. Computer modeling of chemical characteristics of natural and polluted waters. Coordination chemistry, surface chemistry, and photochemistry of trace metals in natural waters.

    Interactions between the chemistry and microbiota in aquatic systems. Trace metal nutrition and toxicity in phytoplankton.



Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society (advisory board Environmental Science & Technology 1978-1983, associate editor Environmental Science & Technology 1980), American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (organizer of symposium 1978, member editorial board Limnology & Oceanography 1980-1983, editor special issue Limnology & Oceanography 1990), New England Aquarium (science council 1988-1990), Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, American Geophysical Union, Biogeochemistry (consultant editor since 1991).


Married Nicole Master of Laws Laurens, July 8, 1967. Children: Sébastien, Chantal.

André Michael Jackson Morel

Elizabeth Penicaud

Nicole Master of Laws Laurens

Sébastien Morel

Chantal Morel