Biography


Born in France in 1982, Dr. Ludovic Ferrière developed an early interest in rocks and minerals gradually forming a collection currently with more than one thousand samples and books. At the University of Tours, his passion for meteorite impact cratering was really born, so he spent a year at the University Laval (Quebec) to study geology and explore nearby craters during his spare time. Returning to France he did a one-year course on Planetology at the University of Nantes. During summer 2004 he traversed Canada from east to west, stopping at several impact sites on the way. Then, he completed a Master in Planetology at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, and learnt about meteorites at the Museum of Natural History. He finally completed his PhD thesis in Vienna (Austria) in 2009, on the geological and geochemical aspects of impactites from the Bosumtwi crater (Ghana), before to move again to Canada for his postdoctoral researches on shatter cones and associated shock-induced microdeformations in minerals (at the University of Western Ontario, London).

Currently, Dr. Ludovic Ferrière is curator of the rock collection and co-curator of the prestigious meteorite collection at the Natural History Museum in Vienna (Austria).
See NHM Vienna website

Click to see or download Dr. Ferrière's publications


Research Interests


Dr. Ferrière’s research interests are diverse, covering not only geological aspects, but also geochemical characteristics of all sort of rocks. His main area of research focuses on understanding impact cratering processes by the study of impactites, the macro- to microscopic effects of shock metamorphism, and associated post-impact processes.

Other research interests include meteorites, fusion crusts, impact spinel crystals as well as silica polymorphs, fulgurites, and all kind of glasses.


Current Research Projects


Luizi impact structure (DRCongo)

Search of new meteorite impact craters

The Oued Awlitis 001 lunar meteorite


Selection of Videos About Ludovic


• Interview for the project "Help us to get the Moon!" (December 2014), see here
A video produced by EVOLVER FILM / www.evolver-film.at

• TEDx talk "Why to care about meteorites and impacts?" given in Vienna
(November 2014), see here

• Interview (in French) for the "Portrait du mois" of the French Embassy in Vienna
(October 2012), see here


Selection of Media Articles About Ludovic


• Article published on August 29, 2014 in the "Ouest-France" journal
PDF file (1216 Ko)
in French
• Article published on August 21, 2014 in the "Nouvelle République" journal
PDF file (191 Ko)
in French
• Article published on March 2, 2014 in the "Le Populaire du Centre" journal
PDF file (71 Ko)
in French
• Article published on January 14, 2014 in the "Le Parisien" journal
PDF file (52 Ko)
in French
• Article published on January 14, 2014 in the "Le Nouvel Observateur" journal
PDF file (57 Ko)
in French
• Article published on November 14, 2013 in the "Challenges" journal
PDF file (3157 Ko)
in French
• Article published on February 3, 2013 in the "Nouvelle République" journal
PDF file (89 Ko)
in French
• Article published on December 28, 2012 in the "Nouvelle République" journal
PDF file (58 Ko)
in French
• Article published online on October 30, 2012 - Entretien avec Ludovic Ferrière
PDF file (547 Ko)
in French; See Video here
• Article published online on September 19, 2011 - Visit of the Ambassador of France
PDF file (410 Ko)
in French
• Article published online on May 3, 2011 - BE AUTRICHE
PDF file (76 Ko)
in French
• Article published on March 8, 2011 - National Geographic News
PDF file (143 Ko)

• Article published on March 9, 2010 in the "Nouvelle République" journal
PDF file (389 Ko)
in French
• Article published on February 24, 2009 in the "Nouvelle République" journal
PDF file (431 Ko)
in French
• Article published on March, 2007 in the "Nouvelle République" journal
PDF file (1028 Ko)
in French
• Article published on August 12, 2005 in the "La Renaissance du Loir-et-Cher" journal
PDF file (552 Ko)
in French


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