Karine Leblanc

Researcher, CNRS, Marseille - France
Karine Leblanc

I recently realized how much flying around the globe is aggravating the situation. As an oceanographer, I cannot continue to sound the alert about global climate change and still continue to do science as I used to.

If I can’t avoid flying entirely (for polar field work), I am committed to stop flying nationally, to drastically reduce my presence at conferences, to use Visio-conferencing as much as I can, and to become an activist in my lab to encourage my colleagues in that direction.

I am a biogeochemical oceanographer working on diatoms, siliceous microalgae that produce one fifth of our planet’s oxygen through photosynthesis. I try to understand how these algae can sequester CO2 in the oceans.