Angelique Pouponneau, CEO, Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust
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, Associate Professor, Oxford Seascapes Ecology Lab
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, Adjunct Faculty
Laura earned 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.
Sophie Taylor – Researcher
Sophie is a Research Assistant in the Seascape Ecology Lab. She recently finished her undergraduate degree in Geography at Oxford, and her work so far has focussed on traditional ecological knowledges and blue carbon sequestration at the science-policy interface. She collaborates with Professor Reiter and Dr. Wedding on ocean science and policy research.