I am interested in aquatic toxicology; I did a 2 year master of marine biology at the University of Toulon (France) with a speciality in ecotoxicology. During my first year, I spent 2 months studying the adaptation and resistance of benthic microorganisms against metal pollution in Toulon bay.
I am now completing an internship during 6 months in the Goss Lab (University of Alberta) to study the toxicological impacts of hydraulic fracturing fluid spills on two model aquatic species.
The goal of this research is to understand the mechanistic toxicological effects of Flowback and Produced Water (FPW) on two organisms: the water flea, Daphnia magna, and the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. These are both important Canadian native species largely used in ecotoxicology. Different biological assays have been conducted to study the mechanisms of toxicity in these species. We measured the lethal concentration (LC50), the expression of some specific genes (qPCR), the oxidative stress (TBARS) and the impact of planer hydrocarbon exposure (EROD).