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Introducing myself…

31 October, 2022 | Isobel O’Loughlin
Categories: CO2balance

Hello, my name is Isobel and I recently joined CO2balance as a carbon projects officer! I am excited to get involved with work on the intersection between sustainable development and carbon finance. I will primarily be working on safe water and improved cookstove projects in Eritrea and Ethiopia, but I am also interested in exploring possibilities in nature-based solutions.

Earlier this year, I completed an integrated masters’ degree in Biology at the University of Bristol. Here, I specialised in ecology and conservation, and became interested in afforestation for climate change mitigation and the controversy surrounding this. Conducting a research project on the combined impacts of climate change and habitat fragmentation really highlighted to me the need to take practical action in an ethical way.

Alongside my degree, I undertook a placement to create the carbon neutrality strategy for The Bishop’s Palace in Wells. This was a great experience which confirmed my aspiration to work to combat the climate crisis. I have also been involved with environmental journalism, which has broadened my perspective in this area- from international affairs to new technologies.

I am joining CO2balance shortly after an internship at the University of Oxford, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. Here, I was part of the research group on aquatic ecology, exploring anthropogenic impacts on freshwater ecosystems.

In my free time, I enjoy painting, bouldering and trying to improve my salsa. I am also very interested in travel and learning about other cultures, which is another draw of the job.