I am a Museum research scientist specialising in coccolithophores.
I have been on a number of geological field trips and short research cruises but this will be my first long cruise and I am really looking forward to the experience. I am glad to have the chance to immerse myself in scientific work for several weeks without the distractions of corporate life.
It will also be my first marine crossing of the equator, so I am a bit trepidatious about that. We will tell you what happens (Martine has already crossed the equator so I don’t expect any help from her).
I am a palaeoceanographer specialising in coccolithophores. These tiny creatures are often used to help scientists reconstruct ancient climates. With Jeremy, I set up the COMBINE project (the Coccolithophores Morphological, BIogeography, geNetic and Ecological database).
I started university in Brittany and then went to the nice wine area of Bordeaux, and later to sunny Australia. I completed a PhD there about the palaeoceanography of the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia.
When I returned to France I took a postdoctorate as part of the BOOM project (Biodiversity of Open Ocean Micro-calcifiers) and worked on modern coccolithophores at a research centre in Aix en Provence. Despite the move to England I will continue to collaborate with French research institutions.
I have been on several cruises in the past but all of these have been on board the French RV Marion Dufresne. This trip on the British RV James Clark Ross will be my first betrayal!
As the mum of Korigan (5 years old) I will have much more time for science onboard than at home. I am impatient and also slightly apprehensive about the 6 week cruise, but I’m sure we’ll be so busy that we won’t have time to worry.