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Office : LSCE-Orme, Building 714, room 1033


CNRS researcher (CRCN)

Research interests

  • Variability of the deep North Atlantic circulation

  • Past changes in South American terrestrial climates

  • Glacial – interglacial climate variability

  • Onset, variability and demise of the Last Interglacial period

  • Tracers: inorganic geochemistry (XRF), grain size analysis, magnetic tracers

  • Data compilations & Model-data comparisons


  • Since Jan 2015: CNRS researcher at LSCE

  • 2009-2014: Postdoc at MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany.

  • 2005-2008: PhD degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (France) and the University of Bergen (Norway) (“cotutelle” agreement). Performed at LSCE (Gif/Yvette, France), in collaboration with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (Bergen, Norway).

  • 2004-2005: Master degree in Climate and Environmental Sciences at the University of Versailles Saint Quentin (France).

  • 2002-2004: Magistère degree in Earth Sciences at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris (France).


Ongoing projects

  • CNRS-INSU-LEFE DECORATING (2021-2023): Dynamics of main Atlantic deep currents during past warm periods (interglacials) of the last 350 000 years.

  • ANR-funded SESAME (2021-2023): Human paleoecology, Social and cultural Evolutions among first Settlements in Southern AMErica.

  • ANR-funded Belmont-Forum ACCEDE (2019-2023): Abrupt Change in Climate and Ecosystems: Where are the Tipping Points?

Completed projects

  • CNRS-INSU-LEFE CircLIG (2016-2018): Interglacial variability of North Atlantic deep circulation.

  • EndLIG (DFG Interdynamik priority program, 2011-2013): What ends an Interglacial? Feedbacks between tropical rainfall, Atlantic climate and ice sheets during the Last Interglacial.


See my ORCID, ResearcherID or Scholar Google profile.

Published Manuscripts


36. Nascimento, R. A., Shimizu, M. H., Venancio, I. M., Chiessi, C. M., Kuhnert, H., Johnstone, H. J. H., Govin, A., Lessa, D., Ballalai, J. M., Santos, T. P., Piacsek, P., Mulitza, S., and Albuquerque, A. L. S.: Warmer western tropical South Atlantic during the Last Interglacial relative to the current interglacial period, Glob. Planet. Change, 215, 103889,, 2022

35. Mulitza, S., Bickert, T., Bostock, H. C., Chiessi, C. M., Donner, B., Govin, A., Harada, N., Huang, E., Johnstone, H., Kuhnert, H., Langner, M., Lamy, F., Lembke-Jene, L., Lisiecki, L., Lynch-Stieglitz, J., Max, L., Mohtadi, M., Mollenhauer, G., Muglia, J., Nürnberg, D., Paul, A., Rühlemann, C., Repschläger, J., Saraswat, R., Schmittner, A., Sikes, E. L., Spielhagen, R. F., and Tiedemann, R.: World Atlas of late Quaternary Foraminiferal Oxygen and Carbon Isotope Ratios, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 2553–2611,, 2022

34. Menviel, L., Govin, A., Avenas, A., Meissner, K.J., Grant, K.M., Tzedakis, P.C., 2021. Drivers of the evolution and amplitude of African Humid Periods. Commun. Earth Environ. 2, 1–11.


33. Nascimento, R. A., Santos, T. P., Venancio, I. M., Chiessi, C. M., Ballalai, J. M., Kuhnert, H., Govin, A., Portilho-Ramos, R. C., Lessa, D., Dias, B. B., Pinho, T. M. L., Crivellari, S., Mulitza, S., and Albuquerque, A. L. S.: Origin of δ13C minimum events in thermocline and intermediate waters of the western South Atlantic, Quat. Sci. Rev., 272, 107224,, 2021. Online paper.

32. Nascimento, R. A., Venancio, I. M., Chiessi, C. M., Ballalai, J. M., Kuhnert, H., Johnstone, H., Santos, T. P., Prange, M., Govin, A., Crivellari, S., Mulitza, S., and Albuquerque, A. L. S.: Tropical Atlantic stratification response to late Quaternary precessional forcing, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 568, 117030,, 2021. Online paper.

31. Ramstein, G., Landais, A., Bouttes, N., Sepulchre, P., and Govin, A.: Paleoclimatology. Frontiers in Earth Sciences, Springer Nature Switzerland, 2021.

30. Otto-Bliesner, B. L., Brady, E. C., Zhao, A., Brierley, C. M., Axford, Y., Capron, E., et al. (2021). Large-scale features of Last Interglacial climate: results from evaluating the lig127k simulations for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6)–Paleoclimate Modeling Intercomparison Project (PMIP4). Climate of the Past, 17(1), 63–94. Online paper.


29. Drysdale, R., Couchoud, I., Zanchetta, G., Isola, I., Regattieri, E., Hellstrom, J., Govin, A., Tzedakis, P.C., Ireland, T., Corrick, E., Greig, A., Wong, H., Piccini, L., Holden, P., Woodhead, J., 2020. Magnesium in subaqueous speleothems as a potential palaeotemperature proxy. Nature Communications 11, 5027. Online paper.

28. Bouttes, N., Vazquez Riveiros, N., Govin, A., Swingedouw, D., Sanchez Goni, M.F., Crosta, X., Roche, D.M., 2020. Carbon 13 Isotopes Reveal Limited Ocean Circulation Changes Between Interglacials of the Last 800 ka. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 35, e2019PA003776. Online paper.


27. Menviel, L., Capron, E., Govin, A., Dutton, A., Tarasov, L., Abe-Ouchi, A., Drysdale, R.N., Gibbard, P.L., Gregoire, L., He, F., Ivanovic, R.F., Kageyama, M., Kawamura, K., Landais, A., Otto-Bliesner, B.L., Oyabu, I., Tzedakis, P.C., Wolff, E., Zhang, X., 2019. The penultimate deglaciation: protocol for Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP) phase 4 transient numerical simulations between 140 and 127 ka, version 1.0. Geosci. Model Dev. 12, 3649-3685, doi: 10.5194/gmd-12-3649-2019. Online paper.

26. Bazin, L., Lemieux-Dudon, B., Siani, G., Govin, A., Landais, A., Genty, D., Michel, E., Nomade, S., 2019. Construction of a tephra-based multi-archive coherent chronological framework for the last deglaciation in the Mediterranean region. Quaternary Science Reviews 216, 47-57, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.05.018. Online paper.

25. Leng, W., von Dobeneck, T., Just, J., Govin, A., St-Onge, G., Piper, D.J.W., 2019. Compositional changes in deglacial red mud event beds off the Laurentian Channel reveal source mixing, grain-size partitioning and ice retreat. Quaternary Science Reviews 215, 98-115, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.04.031. Online paper.


24. Venancio, I.M., Mulitza, S., Govin, A., Santos, T.P., Lessa, D.O., Albuquerque, A.L., Chiessi, C.M., Tiedemann, R., Vahlenkamp, M., Bickert, T., Schulz, M., 2018. Millennial- to Orbital-Scale Responses of Western Equatorial Atlantic Thermocline Depth to Changes in the Trade Wind System Since the Last Interglacial. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 33, 1490-1507, doi: 10.1029/2018PA003437. Online paper.


23. Otto-Bliesner, B.L., Braconnot, P., Harrison, S.P., Lunt, D.J., Abe-Ouchi, A., Albani, S., Bartlein, P.J., Capron, E., Carlson, A.E., Dutton, A., Fischer, H., Goelzer, H., Govin, A., Haywood, A., Joos, F., LeGrande, A.N., Lipscomb, W.H., Lohmann, G., Mahowald, N., Nehrbass-Ahles, C., Pausata, F.S.R., Peterschmitt, J.Y., Phipps, S.J., Renssen, H., Zhang, Q., 2017. The PMIP4 contribution to CMIP6 – Part 2: Two interglacials, scientific objective and experimental design for Holocene and Last Interglacial simulations. Geosci. Model Dev. 10, 3979-4003, doi: 10.5194/gmd-10-3979-2017. Online paper.

22. Capron, E., Govin, A., Stone, E.J., 2017. Recent advances on the dynamical representation and our understanding of the warmer-than-present Last Interglacial climate Quaternaire 28, 185-193, doi: 10.4000/quaternaire.8029. Online paper.

21. Capron, E., Govin, A., Feng, R., Otto-Bliesner, B.L., Wolff, E.W., 2017. Critical evaluation of climate syntheses to benchmark CMIP6/PMIP4 127 ka Last Interglacial simulations in the high-latitude regions. Quaternary Science Reviews 168, 137-150, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.04.019. Online paper.

20. Santos, T.P., Lessa, D.O., Venancio, I.M., Chiessi, C.M., Mulitza, S., Kuhnert, H., Govin, A., Machado, T., Costa, K.B., Toledo, F., Dias, B.B., Albuquerque, A.L.S., 2017. Prolonged warming of the Brazil Current precedes deglaciations. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 463, 1-12, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.01.014. Online paper.


19. Burckel, P., Waelbroeck, C., Luo, Y., Roche, D.M., Pichat, S., Jaccard, S.L., Gherardi, J., Govin, A., Lippold, J., Thil, F., 2016. Changes in the geometry and strength of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation during the last glacial (20–50 ka). Clim. Past 12, 2061-2075, doi: 10.5194/cp-12-2061-2016. Online paper.

18. Zhang, Y., Zhang, X., Chiessi, C.M., Mulitza, S., Zhang, X., Lohmann, G., Prange, M., Behling, H., Zabel, M., Govin, A., Sawakuchi, A.O., Cruz, F.W., Wefer, G., 2016. Equatorial Pacific forcing of western Amazonian precipitation during Heinrich Stadial 1. Scientific Reports 6, 35866, doi: 10.1038/srep35866. Online paper.

17. Chen, Q., Kissel, C., Govin, A., Xie, X., Liu, Z. 2016. Correction of interstitial water changes in calibration methods applied to XRF core-scanning major elements in long sediment cores: Case study from the South China Sea. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 17, 1925-1934, doi: 10.1002/2016GC006320. Online paper.

16. Vázquez Riveiros, N., Govin, A., Waelbroeck, C., Mackensen, A., Michel, E., Moreira, S., Bouinot, T., Caillon, N., Orgun, A., Brandon, M., 2016. Mg/Ca thermometry in planktic foraminifera: Improving paleotemperature estimations for G. bulloides and N. pachyderma left. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 17, 1249–1264, doi: 10.1002/2015GC006234. Online paper.


15. Zhang, Y., Chiessi, C.M., Mulitza, S., Zabel, M., Trindade, R.I.F., Hollanda, M.H.B.M., Dantas, E.L., Govin, A., Tiedemann, R., Wefer, G., 2015. Origin of increased terrigenous supply to the NE South American continental margin during Heinrich Stadial 1 and the Younger Dryas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 432, 493-500, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.09.054. Online paper.

14. Govin, A., Capron, E., Tzedakis, C., Verheyden, S., Ghaleb, B., Hillaire-Marcel, C., St-Onge, G., Stoner, J., Bassinot, F., Bazin, L., Blunier, T., Combourieu Nebout, N., El Ouahabi, A., Genty, D., Gersonde, R., Jimenez-Amat, P., Landais, A., Martrat, B., Masson-Delmotte, V., Parrenin, F., Seidenkrantz, M.S., Veres, D., Waelbroeck, C., Zahn, R. Sequence of events from the onset to the demise of the Last Interglacial: evaluating strengths and limitations of chronologies used in climatic archives. Quaternary Science Reviews 129, 1-36. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.09.018, 2015. Fait marquant. Paper of the month. Online paper.

13. Razik, S., Govin, A., Chiessi, C. M., and von Dobeneck, T. Depositional provinces, dispersal, and origin of terrigenous sediments along the SE South American continental margin. Marine Geology 363, 261-272, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2015.03.001, 2015. Online paper.

12. Bakker, P., Govin, A., Thornalley, D.J.R., Roche, D.M., Renssen, H. The evolution of deep-ocean flow speeds and δ13C under large changes in the Atlantic overturning circulation: Toward a more direct model-data comparison. Paleoceanography 30, 2015PA002776, doi: 10.1002/2015PA002776, 2015. Online paper.


11. Capron, E., Govin, A., Stone, E. J., Masson-Delmotte, V., Mulitza, S., Otto-Bliesner, B., Rasmussen, T. L., Sime, L. C., Waelbroeck, C., and Wolff, E. W.: Temporal and spatial structure of multi-millennial temperature changes at high latitudes during the Last Interglacial, Quaternary Science Reviews, 103, 116-133, 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.08.018, 2014. Online paper.

10. Collins, J. A., Schefuß, E., Govin, A., Mulitza, S., and Tiedemann, R.: Insolation and glacial-interglacial control on southwestern African hydroclimate over the past 140 000 years, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 398, 1-10, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.04.034, 2014. Online paper.

9. Govin, A., Chiessi, C. M., Zabel, M., Sawakuchi, A. O., Heslop, D., Hörner, T., Zhang, Y., and Mulitza, S.: Terrigenous input off northern South America driven by changes in Amazonian climate and the North Brazil Current retroflection during the last 250 ka, Clim. Past, 10, 843-862, doi: 10.5194/cp-10-843-2014, 2014. Online paper.

8. Govin, A., Varma, V., and Prange, M.: Astronomically forced variations in western African rainfall (21°N–20°S) during the Last Interglacial period, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 2013GL058999, doi: 10.1002/2013gl058999, 2014. Online paper.


7. Collins, J. A., Govin, A., Mulitza, S., Heslop, D., Zabel, M., Hartmann, J., Röhl, U., and Wefer, G.: Abrupt shifts of the Sahara–Sahel boundary during Heinrich stadials, Clim. Past, 9, 1181-1191, doi: 10.5194/cp-9-1181-2013, 2013. Online paper.


6. Govin, A., Braconnot, P., Capron, E., Cortijo, E., Duplessy, J. C., Jansen, E., Labeyrie, L., Landais, A., Marti, O., Michel, E., Mosquet, E., Risebrobakken, B., Swingedouw, D., and Waelbroeck, C.: Persistent influence of ice sheet melting on high northern latitude climate during the early Last Interglacial, Clim. Past, 8, 483-507, 10.5194/cp-8-483-2012, 2012. Online paper.

5. Govin, A., U. Holzwarth, D. Heslop, L. Ford Keeling, M. Zabel, S. Mulitza, J. A. Collins, and C. M. Chiessi, Distribution of major element ratios in Atlantic surface sediments (36°N-49°S): imprint of terrigenous input and continental weathering, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 13, Q01013, 10.1029/2011gc003785, 2012. Online paper.


4. Guihou, A., S. Pichat, A. Govin, S. Nave, E. Michel, J.-C. Duplessy, P. Telouk, and L. Labeyrie, Enhanced Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation supports the Last Glacial Inception, Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 1576-1582, 2011. Online paper.


3. Masson-Delmotte, V., B. Stenni, T. Blunier, O. Cattani, J. Chappellaz, H. Cheng, G. Dreyfus, R. L. Edwards, S. Falourd, A. Govin, K. Kawamura, S. J. Johnsen, J. Jouzel, A. Landais, B. Lemieux-Dudon, A. Lourantou, G. Marshall, B. Minster, M. Mudelsee, K. Pol, R. Röthlisberger, E. Selmo, and C. Waelbroeck, Abrupt change of Antarctic moisture origin at the end of Termination II, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 12091-12094, 2010. Online paper.

2. Guihou, A., S. Pichat, S. Nave, A. Govin, L. Labeyrie, E. Michel, and C. Waelbroeck, Late slowdown of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation during the Last Glacial Inception: New constraints from sedimentary (231Pa/230Th), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 289, 520-529, 2010. Online paper.


1. Govin, A., E. Michel, L. Labeyrie, C. Waelbroeck, F. Dewilde, and E. Jansen, Evidence for northward expansion of Antarctic Bottom Water mass in the Southern Ocean during the last glacial inception, Paleoceanography, 24, 2009. Online Paper.

Grey litterature


E. Govin, A., Vazquez Riveiros, N., Réaud, Y., Waelbroeck, C., Giraudeau, J.: Unprecedented coring performance with the upgraded Research Vessel Marion Dufresne. PAGES Magazine, Vol 24, No 1, p. 27, 2016. Paper.


D. Bakker P., Govin A., Thornalley D., Roche D. and Renssen H.: Modelling deep ocean flow speeds and δ13C during the Last Interglacial: Towards a more direct model-data comparison. PAGES News, Vol 23, No 1, p. 18-19, 2015. Paper.

C. Capron E., Govin A., Stone E.J.: a new last interglacial temperature data synthesis as an improved benchmark for climate modeling. PAGES News, Vol 23, No 1, p. 4-5, 2015. Paper.

B. Govin A., Blazey, B., Prange, M., and Paul, A.: What ends an Interglacial? Feedbacks between tropical rainfall, Atlantic climate and ice sheets during the Last Interglacial (EndLIG), in: Integrated Analysis of Interglacial Climate Dynamics (INTERDYNAMIC), edited by: Schulz, M., and Paul, A., SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences, 25-30, 2015. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-00693-2_5. Paper.


A. Panchang R., Govin A., Omuombo C. The Art of Reviewing: Holding up quality in the scientific quality control system. PAGES News, Vol 21, No 2, p. 91-92, 2013. Paper.


  • ACCLIMATE (MD203, 2016, 4 weeks). In the South Atlantic. On board the R/V Marion Dufresne.

  • MSM39 (2014, 3 weeks). In the Labrador Sea. Onboard the R/V Maria S. Merian.

  • CIRCEA (MD190, 2012, 2 weeks). In the South China Sea. On board the R/V Marion Dufresne.

  • MSM19-1c (2011, 12 days). Student training cruise in the SE Atlantic (off Namibia). Onboard the R/V Maria S. Merian.

  • RETRO 3 (IMAGES XVIII, MD173, 2009, 2 weeks). In the Western tropical Atlantic (off Fortaleza, Brasil). On board the R/V Marion Dufresne.

  • MARCO POLO 2 (IMAGES XIV, MD155, 2006, 4 weeks). In the China and Philippine Seas. On board the R/V Marion Dufresne.

Professional activities

  • 2019-2022: Member of the French Commission for Offshore vessels (from the French Oceanographic Fleet)

  • 2019-2023: Co-leader of the IPSL Paleoclimate research theme

  • 2016-2019: Member of the LSCE-GEOPS PANOPLY analytical platform

  • 2015-2021: Member of the organisation team of LSCE weekly seminars

  • 2012-2013: Contributing author to the 5th chapter (“Information from Paleoclimate Archives”) of the IPCC 5th Assessment report

  • 2009-2014: activities in MARUM

    • 2013-2014: MARUM postdoc representative

    • 2011-2012: Setting up and managing German language courses for MARUM-MPI international scientists.

    • 2010-2012: Co-organizer of monthly MARUM post-doc meetings.

  • 2011: Co-organizer of the 2nd Young Scientist Excellence Cluster Conference on Marine and Climate Research (University of Bremen, 4-5 October 2011).

  • 2005-2008: PhD student representative in LSCE Thesis Follow-up Committee.