Aude’s work on the Species programme supports the implementation of species-related conventions and agreements, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the European Union (EU) Wildlife Trade Regulations. This includes processing and analysing data relating to species subject to international trade and maintaining key datasets including Species+ and the CITES Trade Database.
Aude gained her PhD from the University of Bristol, focusing on the evolution of a group of marine plankton from developmental and functional perspectives. Since then, she has been working in Natural Science collections at various institutions around the country, curating collections across disciplines and engaging the public with different aspects of the earth and life sciences through outreach events and designing exhibits. More recently, she was working in the European Protected Species licensing team at Natural England. Aude holds an MSc in Palaeobiology and a BSc in Geology and Biology, both from the University of Bristol.
Aude updates information in the Species+ database, including species distribution and nomenclature data. The aim of Species+ is to provide CITES and CMS Parties with access to the information needed to issue permits for trade and to manage migratory species in order to improve species management.
Aude supports CITES through the processing of countries’ annual trade reports for inclusion into the CITES trade database.
Aude contributes to the production of trade analyses and species assessments for reports reviewing species subject to international trade listing under the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. These reviews assist with decision-making by EU Member States in relation to the sustainability of trade.