I believe that life is about finding your passion, and having the determination to pursue it in all your endeavors. I discovered my passion at the age of 8, when my parents introduced me to the underwater world in Mauritius Island. From that point on, every decision I made supported my desire to learn and experience the marine environment as much as I possibly could.
Before starting University, I already volunteered for Non-Governmental Organizations, learning about large marine vertebrates’ conservation and research, more specifically with manta rays, whale sharks, humpback whales and several species of dolphins. I also wanted to be involved in the diving community and after becoming a PADI dive master at the age of 18, I was finally old enough to start studying biology. I graduated in June 2017 with a Bachelor in Biology from the University of Geneva, including a senior year on exchange at the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Marine Biology. This year abroad, during which I did a 4-month research internship focusing on ocean acidification research, increased my understanding of this field and confirmed my wish to pursue graduate studies in Marine Biology.
After graduating, I had the opportunity to teach in a primary school in Geneva for 8 months, and despite discovering how much I enjoyed teaching, I decided to gain more experience in my field of interest. With this in mind, I did a 3-month research internship at the famous Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Florida, where I assisted the Manatee Research Program with a variety of research projects. Afterwards, I joined the Maldivian Manta Ray Project with the Manta Trust in the Maldives for another 3-month research internship, where I conducted research on reef manta rays. In addition to these amazing experiences, I am also the co-founder of “Orcinus orca Mayotte”, a project that aims to gain a better understanding on killer whales in Mayotte, Indian Ocean.
I have now decided to follow my passion and was accepted in the Master of Science in Marine Mammal Science at the prestigious University of St Andrews in Scotland. This program will allow me to be surrounded by inspiring people and to improve my quantitative and research skills in order to conduct my own research afterwards. I want to study the behavioral and movement ecology of large marine vertebrates, and positively impact the conservation of threatened and poorly known species. I believe that this constantly changing world needs our help now more than ever. I am proud to be a part of this engaged community and I am profoundly thankful to the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala for giving me the support to reach these goals.