Mickaele Le Ravalec holds a PhD degree in Rock Physics from the University of Rennes (1995) and a HDR from the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg (2002).

After a post-doctoral position in rock physics at Stanford University, USA, she joined IFPEN (formerly named Institut Français du Pétrole, known today as IFP Energies nouvelles) as a research engineer in 1997. Her main research interest is geomodeling, which involves geostatistics, inverse problems, data integration or uncertainty among others. The combination of these various fields makes it possible to build numerical models used in hydrology or reservoir engineering to represent geological formations and study how fluids flow underground.

Mickaele Le Ravalec has been leading several projects since 2005. She was named IFPEN expert in 2010 before occupying the position of head of the Geology Department in 2014, then of the Georesources Department in 2016. She also spent one year in an operational team from Total.

She has authored and co-authored about 50 peer-reviewed journal papers, 60 conference papers, 26 patents, two books and an e-book.

Mickaele Le Ravalec was awarded the Michel Gouilloud-Sclumberger Prize by the French Academy of Sciences in 2011.