Chloé grew up in Paris, France, and carried on with her university studies in the UK. She received her BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford in 2012, after what she decided to pursue her studies with her childhood passion, marine biology. She therefore went on to do her MRes in Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth (2013), where she carried out a research project on the use of CT-scanning in ecological studies, in particular on kelp holdfast habitats, at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML). Chloé then worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where she focused on assessing the sustainability of Canadian fisheries. She also did an internship at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UNESCO in Paris, during which she helped write the content of a training course on Marine Scientific Research for scientists and government officials. Throughout her university studies, Chloé volunteered as a researcher for various organisations – Picardie Nature (France), AIMM (Portugal), The Black Fish (international) – and sat on the committees of her universities’ Nature Societies.
Chloé is now a PhD student in the Ecosystems and Global Change group of the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. The aim of her PhD is to understand how terrestrial resources are integrated into aquatic food webs, by focusing on the biological composition of boreal lake sediments. Boreal lakes hold more than half of Earth’s freshwater. Understanding their functioning is highly important for predicting how anthropogenic pressures on land will affect freshwater ecosystems and the multiple services – clean drinking water, healthy fish populations, recreational areas – they provide us with. Chloé’s research combines fieldwork, molecular techniques and bioinformatics, and she is looking forward to using these skills with JR Biotek by teaching others how to work well both in the lab and on the computer. In her spare time, you might find Chloé playing underwater hockey, tutoring children or simply enjoying a good film at the cinema.