Camille E Defrenne
Postdoctotal research associate
At age 7, Camille promised herself to be a paleontologist. She is now digging soil, not looking for dinosaurs’ bones, admittedly, but looking for somethings equally fascinating: roots and mycorrhizal fungi. After getting an engineer diploma in Agronomy in France, Camille got her PhD in Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She notably showed that Douglas-fir fine roots adjust to colder or drier environments by modifying their morphology to increase their absorptive capacity. She also found the way mycorrhizal fungi explore the soil is affected by climate. She is joining the SPRUCE team as a postdoctoral researcher to unravel root and mycorrhizal fungal dynamics in a warming peatland using novel techniques such as automated minirhizotrons.