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Born in 1961, I studied physics at Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, and specialized in nuclear physics and high energy physics. I did my thesis in 1986 under the join supervision of René Turlay (1932-2002) and Friedrich Dydak (1943-) in the CDHS neutrino experiment at CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research, Geneva) lead by Jack Steinberger (Physics Nobel Prize 1988), and then was post-doc in Stanford University (Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre SLAC) in the division lead by Richard Taylor (Physics Nobel Prize 1990). In 1989, I was hired at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), worked again at CERN, but then moved to geophysics in 1993 to study precursory phenomena associated with earthquakes together with Jean-Philippe Avouac (http://essdtp.esc.cam.ac.uk/StaffDirectory/Jean-Phillipe%20Avouac). After 2005, I moved to Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris to develop a research program in the Himalayas, which took place from 2007 to 2010 (thesis of Frédéric Girault http://frederic.girault68.perso.sfr.fr/index.html).
Currently, I am Professor of Physics for the Earth at University Paris Diderot. Since 2003, I have been devoting a tremendous amount of time to teaching physics and geophysics at all university levels, from junior undergraduate to doctoral school levels. Since 1993, I am also involved in science education for children in various contexts, and became specialized in educational applications for clinical psychology.
My research since 1993 is based on experiments carried out in the laboratory and in the field, mainly electrical measurements from 1993 to 2000, and focussing on environmental radioactivity, radon and CO2 after 2000. My main interest is the physics of natural sites, from meter to kilometre scales, with fundamental issues such as the dynamics of geofluids in the crust, hydrothermal sites in tectonically active zones, including environmental and industrial applications. My current focus is the dynamic permeability of the crust and the percolation of geological gases.
Other commitments: Perrier, F., Le jeu scientifique dans l'intervention humanitaire, in Cliniques du Jeu, Editeurs Christian Lachal, Hélène Asensi, Marie-Rose Moro, La Pensée Sauvage, pp 237-247, 2008. Perrier, F., Active science for child refugees, in Beyond Cartesian Dualism: Encountering affect in the teaching and learning of science, Steve Alsop (ed.), Springer : Dordrecht, pp. 137-148, 2005. Perrier, F., Practising active science with child refugees: A clinical perspective, The Science Education Review, 3(2), 67:1-67:20, 2004. Perrier, F., J.-B. Nsengiyumva, Active science as a contribution to the trauma recovery process: Preliminary indications with orphans from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Int. J. Sci. Ed., 25(9), 1111-1128, 2003.
Other activities, games and hobbies:
Perrier, F., Carnot's theorem in trigonometric disguise, The Mathematical Gazette, 91, 115-117, 2007.