Meet Aurore, first doctoral student fully supported by the Fisheries Division of the Pacific Community


Aurore Receveur is a young scientist who recently completed her PHD thesis with the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems division (FAME) of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Her interest and passion for marine life started during dive sessions in Mayotte (Indian Ocean), where she spent her adolescence.  

After high school, she joined a preparatory class in Biology, Physical Chemistry and Earth Sciences in Bordeaux.

She continued her graduate studies in Environmental Sciences and Techniques, and then on to a second specialty in Fisheries Sciences with an option aquatic resources and ecosystems intended for research.

Her passion for marine ecosystems guided Aurore to the headquarters of SPC in Noumea (New Caledonia), where she joined the FAME division (from 2016 to 2019) and became the first doctoral student to be fully funded by the organization.

In 2015-2016, she carried out her final project on the impact of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon on the movement of skipjack and bigeye tuna in the Pacific. Her thesis work was carried out as part of the SPC-implemented project BIOPELAGOS.

Her functions notably consisted in collecting existing datasets on oceanography (temperature, currents, etc.), biology (phytoplankton, zooplankton, micronekton) and "superior" predators in order to identify areas of high biodiversity.

Aurore’s experience highlights SPC’s commitment to encourage young people, especially young women, to enter scientific and technological careers. SPC thus supported her work by financing her travel, her missions, the costs of her research, and by paying her an internship allowance during the three years of the thesis.

Thanks to the European funds of the BEST 2.0 program obtained by SPC (Biopelagos project), Aurore participated in missions at sea and in several international conferences where she was able to meet and exchange with other researchers.

Toky Rasoloarimanana, Communications Officer l Fisheries, Aquaculture & Marine Ecosystems Division, Pacific Community (SPC) l [email protected]
Valérie Allain, Senior Fisheries Scientist (Climate Change Ecosystem Analysis) l Fisheries, Aquaculture & Marine Ecosystems Division, Pacific Community (SPC) l [email protected] 

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