University of Savoie and AgroParisTech
Msc validated and PhD ongoing
Everywhere... Vineyards, bakery, painting, garden centre, research institute, etc..
PhD Student at Rothamsted Research
Favourite thing to do in my job: Looking at small soil bugs
Small yet tenacious and passionate girl
I am a French girl from the Alps (the mountains between France, Switzerland and Italy). I moved 2 years ago to do my PhD in Devon – obviously not for the sunshine and the high mountains. However I have found the life overhere highly enjoyable.
I love travelling and living abroad, it always asks lot of adaptation skills and that how I can surprise myself. I also do a lot of trekking and climbing when I can. A little bit of a scuba diver everytime I have the opportunity.
Understand how soil animals help us producing environmentally friendly food
Over my PhD I have been studying agricultural managements and their effects on soil life and soil ecosystems.
Because to me microbes sounded a bit boring (no legs, no antenna, nothing you can see without molecular tools) I preferred to focus on bigger things. There is an amazing world beneath our feet and all this life is taking over on a lot of very important process.
They help nutrients cycling which is a way of helping plants growing and producing food (such as cereals, vegetables and so on).
How as human being we manage the soil is of extreme importance for all this life and all the help they provide.
My Typical Day
A bit in the lab, a bit working on analyses but always with music.
A typical day at work starts with a good coffee. I will drink it while reading my emails or chatting with other students. Then serious things start. It can be processing soils for chemical analyses or looking at soil invertebrates under the microscope. I also have to arrange meetings with my supervisor from time to time. There is a big part of my work done on the computer too: reading, analysing, writing.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would like to show to students the world beneath our feet
- Organising days for schooat the farms where I work
- Showing how to extract soil invertebrates and how to identify them.
- Explaining the kids what functions each bugs is overtaking in the soil.
- Showing them how to build their own kit to study soil life.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Persistent Passionate Honest
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Putting science findings into practical application for farmers
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My mum, when always made me be aware of what is around me and looking to understand why thongs are going in such way.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
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What is the most fun thing you've done?
crawling through canola field to collect soil sample. (it had truly been a great fun)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Participating to cutting edge research programme (something very innovative). Travelling to Antarctica to study soil ecosystems. Having time to travel and discover all my life.
Tell us a joke.
Did you hear about the explosion at the cheese factory? There was de "Brie" everywher