Staff Directory

Thomas Cavalera

PhD Hydrogeology, Hydrogeologist


90 Av. Lanessan, 69410 Champagne
au Mont d’Or
Lyon, France


Thomas hiking in the Calanques along the Mediterranean Coast.


Thomas examining the clay host rock in Andra’s underground research laboratory for the disposal of radioactive wastes.

The son of a professor (father) and city employee (mother), Thomas grew up in Paris (France) and was always fascinated by the natural sciences. “One of the fondest memories from my early school years is a beekeeping project with my professor of Natural Sciences.” His interest in the sciences led Thomas to study geology at the University of Paris (Pierre et Marie Curie). “My favorite courses were the ones where I had the opportunity to go out in the field and study firsthand the geologic concepts and processes that we were learning about in the classroom.”

An introduction to hydrogeology, through a course taught by the internationally renowned hydrogeologist, Dr. Ghislain DeMarsily, reaffirmed Thomas’ interest in pursuing the geosciences, and hydrogeology in particular, as a career. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in water science from the University of Montpellier and a PhD in hydrogeology from the University of Marseille where his research work focused on the hydrodynamic characterization of fissured and karstic aquifers using a combination of physico-chemical measurements and flow and transport modeling.

After two years as an independent hydrogeologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Marseille, Thomas joined a small engineering consulting firm where he assisted private and public clients with water supply projects. “As a small, 10-person company, I was given the opportunity to almost immediately start managing projects and interfacing with clients. I was on a steep learning curve when it came to figuring out how to be a good consultant and balance the technical, cost, and schedule requirements of projects. This early experience has definitely made me a better consultant today.”

Thomas joined INTERA’s Lyon office in 2013. “I was immediately impressed by the high level of geoscience expertise within the company and the work environment which encourages initiative and collaboration between colleagues.” Thomas contributes to INTERA’s water resource business development efforts in France, and continues to manage and execute technical projects.

Outside of work, Thomas is a huge music fan. He has played guitar in a rock band and is currently a member of a choir that sings world music. Thomas also loves being outside and is an avid hiker and climber.

Dream Dinner Guest – Theodore Monod (French naturalist and explorer)
Biggest Influence – father
Secret Accomplishment(s) – jump from a 10-meter high bridge
Favorite Movie – Brazil
Favorite Book – American Tabloid
Favorite Museum – any science museum
Favorite Song – can’t pick just one
Musician/Band you’d most like to see live – Jimi Hendrix
Favorite Vacation – any place in South America
If I had one wish, it would be – to spend a week in the International Space Station
Place of birth – Paris, France
Children – 1