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Dr Valentin Fischer

My research

I analyse the fossil record of ancient marine predators: large fishes, sharks and marine reptiles during the era of dinosaurs. Using a series of quantitative techniques, I reconstruct the fluctuations of biodiversity and seek the causes of these fluctuations, notably past climate change.

My journey

We chose to have Léa during our PhD’s. We knew it would impact our careers but we felt it was the right decision. I worked hard to finish my PhD earlier than expected and waited for about 1.5 years before applying for postdoc grants, in order to have time with Léa and Marie, and so that Marie could finish her PhD thesis with a little less pressure and recover from a severe disease. Marie then paused her career to take care of Léa while we moved together to the UK for my postdoc.

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