Written by Nereus Fellow Frédérique Fardin,
Frédérique is an associate Ph.D. student with the University of Cambridge and UNEP-WCMC. As part of The Nippon Foundation: Nereus Program, she contributes to a global partnership with the mission to advance our comprehensive understanding of the global human-ocean system across the natural and social sciences. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the vulnerability and adaptation of mangrove forests, their associated fisheries and the people dependent upon them to climate change, with case studies from South-East Asia and the Caribbean. A novel aspect of her study is the exploration and integration of biophysical, socio-economic and traditional knowledge, through an integrated and adaptive methodology.
Frédérique has a background in Tropical Biology and holds a M.Sc in Systematics and Evolution from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie and the French National Museum of National History, with a major in tropical terrestrial ecosystems. She also holds an advanced master’s degree in Human & Environmental Sciences at the engineering school AgroParisTech.
Prior to joining the centre, Frédérique worked in the Caribbean over a period of three years for the Regional Activity Centre for the Protocol for Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW-RAC) under the UN Environment, Caribbean Environment Programme, and for the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), focusing on coastal and marine biodiversity conservation and the management of natural resources and environmental issues.