Bruno Marnot is the holder of an agrégation and a doctorate in history. He is Professor of Modern History at the University of La Rochelle and a specialist on the maritime and port history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is a member of the Centre de recherches en histoire internationale et atlantique (CRHIA), the deputy director of the GIS Histoire et sciences de la mer, as well as author notably of: Le refus du déclin. Le port de Bordeaux au xixe siècle (Presses universitaires de Bordeaux, 2013).