I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Conservation Science Group at the Department of Zoology of the University of Cambridge. Alongside Tom Worthington and many others, I am currently working on global modelling and mapping of soil carbon in salt marshes.
My professional interests include [forest, soil, coastal…] ecology, biogeochemistry, global changes, R, data analysis and reproducible coding. For my PhD thesis, I investigated the interactive effects of tree diversity and water availability on nutrient cycling in forests at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), under the supervision of Laurent Augusto and Nicolas Fanin at INRAE, and Alison Munson at the Université Laval. We worked on two unique sites within the Tree Diversity Network which manipulate both tree diversity and water availability: ORPHEE in Southwestern France (left/top) and IDENT in Sault-Ste.-Marie, Ontario, Canada (right/bottom). To find out more about my projects, click here.
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley (go bears!). After graduating, I spent four adventurous months living in a tent in Yosemite National Park, working as a field assistant for a chipmunk behavioral study, which was followed by a few months of solo traveling, working as a waitress and then as a summer camp director. Afterwards I completed a Master’s in Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution at the Université Paris-Saclay. During the first year of my graduate studies, I worked on a project studying nutrient fluxes within the soil-microorganism-tree system with Laure Barthes at the Laboratoire Ecologie Systématique Evolution. My Master’s thesis during my second year focused on the effect of global changes on organic nitrogen cycling, with Wolfgang Wanek of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research team at the University of Vienna.
Aside from working and learning, I enjoy other nature activities (hiking, camping and backpacking), playing various sports (rugby, soccer, volleyball), gardening, and commuting by bike. One of my proudest achievements was completing the John Muir Trail (California Sierra Mountains) in 2018 with a good friend, a 210 mi/370km three-week backpacking trip ending with a sunrise summit of Mt. Whitney.