A passion for preserving natural heritage and marine research
Discover how Plymouth provided Camilla Labonté with the invaluable experience to turn a desire to protect the ocean into a globe-spanning career
“The more I did my research, the more I became captivated by the modules and the wide opportunities for hands-on experience through lab works, boat works, computer practicals and field trips.”
Born and raised in the Seychelles in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), I grew up surrounded by warm tropical waters as my playground. I spent my childhood swimming, snorkelling and island hopping by boat.
Working on Aldabra Atoll, surrounded by its pristine beauty and untouched ecosystems, provides a powerful perspective on the importance of research and conservation.
The trip empowered us and enhanced our professional development through activities like the Republic Day Camp, national events, interactions with dignitaries and visits to historical and cultural sites. It was a thrilling and memorable journey.
The residential field trip to the Isle of Scilly in my final year was a highlight of my studies – not to mention that it was my first-time snorkelling with seals.
I want to expand my knowledge and expertise while making meaningful contributions to the field.