ABOUT ME

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I am currently a Research Associate (Post-doc) affiliated with the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences (LSCE), the Laboratory of Oceanography and Climate: Experiments and Numerical Approaches (LOCEAN), and Genoscope. I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL) to lead ClimGenAT, an interdisciplinary study introducing the field of climate genomics to bring together genomics and environmental modeling to understand the impacts of climate change on wild populations, with a particular focus on Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni). In addition to being the largest fish predator in the Southern Ocean, the Antarctic toothfish, marketed as Chilean Sea Bass, represents the most lucrative Antarctic fishery. I am using whole-genome resequencing of toothfish samples representing circumpolar populations to search for signs of adaptative stress in the genome correlated with exposure to environmental change. I will integrate these genomic data into species distribution models to inform our understanding of Antarctic toothfish population structure and connectivity both in the present day, as well as projected into the future, using different climate change scenarios. For the preparation and analysis of genomic data, I will be working with Olivier Jaillon at Genoscope. For the integration of environmental data into, and the subsequent production of, species distribution models, I will be working with Marion Gehlen and Mathieu Vrac at LSCE. Finally, I will be working with Francesco d'Ovidio at LOCEAN to integrate hydrodynamic modeling into distribution models. This work will inform fisheries management decisions by CCAMLR, and will support marine spatial planning initiatives throughout the Southern Ocean. Finally, the creation of the new field of climate genomics through ClimGenAT will open the floodgates of research opportunities to apply similar methods to address questions related to the impacts of climate change in myriad other wild populations, both marine and terrestrial, in the Southern Ocean, and throughout the globe.