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Nina Cossin Sevrin : Travel diary in Antarctica 

Thursday, April 14, 2022 17:00

The Café Scientifique on Thursday 14 April at 5pm will receive researcher Nina Cossin Sevrin, who will present her research and her field mission in Antarctica.

Institut français de Finlande
yrjönkatu 36 00100 Helsinki

In the framework of her PhD project (in biology), she recently conducted a summer field campaign (3.5 months) on the Possession island in the Crozet archipelago (French Southern Territories, Sub-Antarctic region) for studying the growth, metabolism and survival in king penguins. She will present her fieldwork and share her experience, which was really enriching in a professional and personal point of view.

Nina Cossin Sevrin completed a Master’s degree in Ecological physiology, Ethology and Ecology in the University of Strasbourg (France, 2019) and conducted a master’s thesis in the research team of Suvi Ruuskanen in the University of Turku. She moved to Finland in January 2020 to start her PhD project within the same research team.

Offspring growth, metabolism (set of all chemical reactions in an organism) and survival can be different between individuals of a same species. Her research project aims at investigating the origins of these inter-individual differences (genetic and non-genetic inheritance, environmental effects on physiology). To this end, she used two distinct avian species: a great tit population in Finland and a king penguin population in French Southern Territories (Crozet archipelago).

Her project is a joint PhD between the University of Turku and the University of Strasbourg – in collaboration with the French Polar Institute (IPEV) and the polar project #119 Econergy.