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Lab visitors 1 - Nathalie Peyrard (INRA, Toulouse, France)

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In our group we like collaborating with other researchers from all over the world and frequently they come to visit sunny Brisbane. In a new series of blogs we will introduce our visitors to you and interview them about themselves. First off was Nathalie Peyrard from Toulouse in France. She payed us a short visit to discuss existing and potential new collaborations with Eve and others. Below she tells us a little bit about herself and if you'd like to find out more checkout her homepage
What do you do for a living?
I’m a researcher in France at INRA, the French Institute for Agricultural Research and I study spatial statistics and spatial decisions and I try to use these tools to work on applications for optimally managing
in agroecology and conserving biodiversity. 
What is your background?
My background is in applied mathematics. Before being at INRA I worked on image analysis and video analysis. We were developing a new method for detecting changes in a video with the final application being to detect advertisement in video recordings to be able to remove those advertisements automatically. For example when you watch football games there will sometimes be advertisement break, which interrupt the game and this tool removed these break automatically. 
Why are you visiting us? 
The connection between our lab in Toulouse and your lab here is strong. Our current collaboration is on food web management questions, food web learning questions and I’ve been talking with Eve and others about potential new collaborations.
And did you achieve that? 
I have discussed projects with many researchers and students here and some are closely related to the questions that we work on in Toulouse. Questions on landscape management, and food web learning from sampled data.
What do you particularly like about working with the group?
I like that the ecologists here are not afraid of working with simple models, in particular they are not afraid of simplifying the complex mechanisms of their systems to find management solutions.
What was the most memorable moment during you visit? 
I like that some of my meetings here happened outside with a coffee in the nice scenery of the campus. At INRA we usually meet inside closed meeting rooms, but it’s nice to talk about science outside in the sun where the bush turkeys forage around you. 
What would you be doing if you weren’t in science? 
I’ve asked myself this question sometimes, but I can never find an answer. I guess I really like what I’m doing. 
What is the weirdest thing about Australia? 
Maybe that they drive on the left?
Thanks Nathalie for visiting us, it was great to have you over and hear about your interesting research. 
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