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Sophie Jones

Junior Researcher

Born in Brussels, Belgium, I grew up in France just across the border from Geneva, Switzerland. With parents who love the outdoors, new cultural experiences and traveling the world, from a young age I fell in love with being outside. Spending my free time in the mountains or by the sea, my passion for conservation of these pristine environments and the wonders within them grew. I am currently studying Geography at the University of Durham in the UK, focussing on the more environmental side of the degree.

Swimming competitively in France, my comfort in the water helped me to develop the skills, experience and motivation to become PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

Along with my love for the ocean, through research projects such as my Beach Litter Research project in 2018, work experience at the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN and an internship working on the marketing strategy for the Fiji National Ocean Policy, I have seen the detrimental impacts of plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change and have been motivated to do my best to preserve and protect these wonderful, beautiful ecosystems which places are being spoilt by human exploitation and impact.

I initially joined the Red Sea Project for an internship in September 2021. After working in the field, learning identification, citizen science and the theory behind the project, I will continue to work alongside my studies to help The Red Sea Project develop and grow, fully supporting their work environment, their mission and their values.

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