Scientist, Expert in Ecological Data & Climate Change Policy Analysis, Artist, Environmentalist
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Scientist / Expert in Ecological Data & Climate Change Policy analysis / Systems thinking / Artist / Environmentalist.
Director, Nature Based Solutions Initiative, Oxford University.
Founding Director, Oxford Biochar Ltd.
Cécile trained as an ecologist at Oxford University and Imperial College, and has over 15 years of field experience: working in tropical forests, managing international teams, leading scientific publications, and training students.
Cécile combines years of experience in climate change policy analysis with a background in tropical ecology and thorough understanding of forest ecosystem functioning to provide a unique multidisciplinary approach to her work. Her research focuses on the ecosystem functioning and carbon dynamics of tropical forests across the globe, and their response to a rapidly changing climate.
Cécile manages the Global Ecosystems Monitoring network’s database for the Ecosystems Science team at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, providing data gathering and analysis support to the 70+ plots they have scattered across the globe. She is also a director of the Nature Based Solutions Initiative, and founding director of Oxford Biochar.
Over the past five years, Cécile has been coordinating data collection and analysis for a global dataset monitoring the carbon dynamics of tropical forests. She has published widely on the effects of climate change on tropical forest ecosystems. As technical and artistic director of Oxford University’s Nature Based Solutions Initiative, Cécile works with an interdisciplinary team to translate science-based evidence on nature based solutions to the next generation of decision makers. The team work closely with NGOs, local governments and the United Nations, with the strong ambition to bring the equitable protection of nature to the centre of the sustainable development agenda.
Cécile has completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, worked as a consultant for Ecosecurities and Environmental Resources Management Ltd, completed a DPhil at Oxford University, and worked as a consultant for the UN-REDD+ team of the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organisation, where she was involved in developing Vietnam’s Measurement, Reporting and Verification Framework Document under Vietnam’s National REDD+ Programme.
Cécile specialises in and speaks about Tropical Ecology and Nature Based Solutions and has delivered speeches to the Untied Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, the US Department of Energy’s Next Generation Ecosystems Experiments, the Royal Society, Association for tropical Biologists, the British Ecological Society, and regularly attends and presents at scientific conferences and in Governmental organisations. Over the past ten years, she has organised and spoken at side events at the Conference of Parties in Copenhagen, Poznan, Milan, Delhi, and Bonn.
Member of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, Oxford Biodiversity Network, and alumni of the Oxford Martin School, she is also an active supporter of the Martin School’s Illegal Wildlife Trade program.
Cécile is a scientist and an artist. In her free time, she is currently illustrating picture books on de-extinction, plastic in the oceans, and ecosystems.