Collaborators and Researchers

Angelique Pouponneau, LLM & CEO,  Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust

Angelique Pouponneau

Angelique is a lawyer (Seychelles and UK) and she holds an LLM in Environmental law specializing in the law of the sea and natural resources law. She is also a trained climate change negotiator under the AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Programme at the United Nations. She was born and grew up in a fishing district, Bel Ombre, in Seychelles where she gained a firsthand perspective on the critical importance to preserve marine resources. Angelique has worked in different countries in the Caribbean, Pacific and the Indian Ocean on a wide-range of projects relating sustainable fisheries, sustainable management of marine biodiversity within and beyond national jurisdiction, and climate change, in particular, climate adaptation and climate finance. Further, she served as a legal expert of the African Group of Sixth Committee in works of oceans and law of the sea at the United Nations.

Dr. Lisa Wedding, PhD & PI, Oxford Seascapes Ecology Lab, based in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of OxfordDr. Lisa Wedding

Dr. Wedding is Principal Investigator of the Oxford Seascape Ecology Lab, an Associate Professor in Physical Geography and a Tutorial Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford University. Dr Wedding previously held a Research Associate position at the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, and was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of California at Santa Cruz, USA.

Laura Cheng – Researcher

Laura ChengLaura will earn her LLM in Environmental Law from VLS in May 2021.  She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati in 2007 and her Political Science degree from Xavier University in 2003, where she spent a month studying abroad in the Netherlands.  After graduating from law school, she worked for several years at a large regional law firm in Cincinnati and is currently Senior Counsel at a large insurance company, focusing on compliance.  Last summer, Laura worked on transportation and endangered species policy and litigation during her externship at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Laura is passionate about conservation and biodiversity.  She and her husband love to travel to national parks here in the U.S. and internationally to cities in Europe, Asia, and Australia.  Her goal is to teach and work internationally in the areas of conservation finance, the circular economy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.