Nathalie Korboulewsky

Research associate

Skill area


Currently or recently supervised projects


  • Gobin R. 2011-2014. Relative contribution of undergrowth vegetation in the water balance of forest sample plots subjected to climate change and various practices. Jointly funded by the regional authority and CEMAGREF. Thesis supervisors: Balandier P. (Research Associate) and Korboulewsky N. (Research Associate).
  • Wang R. 2005-2009. Joint supervision of the thesis on Phytopurification of industrial sludge from food-processing. Treating sludge containing high concentrations of organic matter using three helopyhte species in the Mediterranean region. Jointly funded by the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur Regional Authority and Phytorestore, a private company.  Thesis supervisors: Bonin G. (emeritus professor) and Korboulewsky N. (Senior Lecturer).

Master’s internships:

  • Arbefeuille E. 2011-2012. Biotic soil assemblies responsible for recycling organic matter in pure and mixed populations. Master's Internship, 2nd year of Master's in Land Ecosystems, University of Orléans.
  • Millet F. 2010. Exchangeable cations in pebbles and availability to plants. Internship, 1st year of Master's in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Orléans, University of Orléans. Joint supervision with A. Besnault (Assistant Engineer).
  • Nehmtow J.and Guillemin D. 2010. Nutritional status and export potential of various bamboo species. Internship, 1st year of vocational Master's in Valorisation of Biodiversity and Bioresources, University of Aix-Marseille. Joint supervision with C. Lecareux (Assistant Engineer).
  • Elzevier S. 2009. Phytoremediation of liquid organic effluents: chemical characterisation of root exudate from Phragmites australis, Iris pseudacorus, Typha latifolia. Internship, 2nd year of vocational Master's in Environmental Management, Valorisation and Analysis, University of Aix-Marseille. Joint supervision with J.P. Mévy (Senior Lecturer).

Ongoing and past projects

'Regional observatory for mixed forest functioning in the context of global changes' project. I am the leader of this project, the first phase of which involves the three teams at CEMAGREF's Forest Ecosystems Unit in Nogent-sur-Vermisson (2011-2013), and other research centres for the next phase. The project is funded by the Centre regional authority and CEMAGREF.


Forests are subjected to increasing pressures linked to climate change, developments in forest management (increased timber harvesting, plantation management) and increasing wild animal populations. Ecosystems unit

CEMAGREF's foresters intend to study the impact of these changes on how forest ecosystems function and test various management scenarios: lower plantation density (number of dominant trees/ha), plantation make-up (pure plantations or mixture of two species).  We want to set up an observatory comprising a network of trial plots equipped with instruments and spread over various forests in Le Centre region.  We aim to study the consequences of make-up (oak and pine tree mixture), density (land surface/ha), and the presence of wild animals (boar, stags, roe deer) on how forests function (water balance, regeneration, biodiversity, plantation growth). Setting up an observatory like this will enable better understanding of how mixed forests function in temperate regions, with direct applications to forest management, especially in the context of climate change.


  • Korboulewsky N., Wang R, Baldy V. 2011. “Purification processes involved in sludge treatment by a vertical flow wetland system: focus on the role of the substrate and plants on N and P removal.” Bioressources Technology. In press
  • Wang R., Baldy V., Périssol C. Korboulewsky N. (accepted March 2011). “Microbial activity in a vertical-flow wetland system treating sewage sludge with high organic concentrations.” Journal of Environmental Management.
  • Larchevêque M., Ballini C., Baldy V., Korboulewsky N., Ormeño E., Montès N. 2010. “Restoration of a Mediterranean post-fire shrubland: plant functional responses to organic amendment.” Restoration Ecology 18 (5): 729-741. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2008.00512.x )
  • Larue C., Korboulewsky N., Wang R., Mévy J.P. 2010. “Depollution potentialities of three macrophytes: exudated, wall-bound, and intracellular peroxidise activities and intracellular phenols concentrations in roots.” Bioressources Technology 101:7951-7957. (DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.05.010).
  • Wang R., Korboulewsky N., Baldy V., Prudent P., Rolando C., Bonin G. 2010. “Feasibility of using an organic substrate in a wetland treating sewage sludge: impact of plant species.” Bioressources Technology 101:51-57.
  • Mårell A., Archaux F., Korboulewsky N. 2009. “Floral herbivory of the wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa L.) by roe deer (Capreolus capreolus L.).” Plant Species Biology 24: 209-214.
  • Arfi V., Bagoudou D., Korboulewsky N., Bois G. 2009. “Initial efficiency of a bamboo grove based treatment system for winery wastewater.” Desalination. 246: 69-77.
  • Wang R., Korboulewsky N., Prudent P., Baldy V., Bonin G. 2009. “Can vertical-flow wetland systems treat high concentrated sludge? – A mesocosm experiment testing three plant species under Mediterranean climate.” Ecological Engineering 35: 230-237.
  • Larchevêque M., Ballini C., Korboulewsky N., Bonin G., Montès N. 2006. “The use of compost in afforestation of Mediterranean burnt areas: effects on soil properties and young tree seedlings.” Science of the Total Environment 369: 220-230.
  • Larchevêque M., Baldy V., Korboulewsky N., Ormeño E., Fernandez C. 2005. “Compost effect on bacterial and fungal colonization of kermes oak leaf litter in terrestrial Mediterranean ecosystem.” Applied Soil Ecology 30: 79-89.
  • Korboulewsky N., Robles C., Garzino S. 2004. “Effects of sewage sludge compost on volatile organic composition of a red grenache wine.” American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 55: 412-416.
  • Robles C., Greff S., Pasqualini V., Garzino S., Bousquet-Mélou A., Fernandez C, Korboulewsky N. Gilles Bonin. 2003. “Phenols and flavonoids in Pinus halepensis Mill. needles as bioindicators of air pollution.” Journal of Environmental Quality 32: 2265-2271.
  • Montès N., Korboulewsky N. 2002. “Determination of shadow as a simple way for biomass estimation of Vitis vinifera.” Vitis 41: 209-210.
  • Korboulewsky N., Dupouyet S., Bonin G. 2002. “Environmental risks of sewage sludge compost on vineyards: carbon, heavy metals, nitrogen, and phosphorus accumulation.” Journal of Environmental Quality 31: 1522-1527.
  • Korboulewsky N., Bonin G., Massiani C. 2002. “Biological and ecophysiological reactions of white wall rocket (Diplotaxis erucoides L.) grown on sewage sludge compost.” Environmental Pollution 117: 365-370.

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