Developing Scientific Talent: Perspective from DCO Postdoctoral Fellow Marion Le Voyer

Marion Le Voyer joined DCO in February 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow.

Marion Le VoyerI joined the DCO initiative in February 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow. I am currently splitting my time between the Smithsonian Institution and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, supervised by Elizabeth Cottrell (SI) and Erik Hauri (CIW). I am investigating the flux of deep carbon delivered to the Earth's surface through magmatism at mid-ocean ridges. This project will initiate a carbon inventory of mid-oceanic ridge basalts by analyzing samples from the Smithsonian’s Sea Floor Glass Collection, part of the National Rock and Ore Collections.

I grew up in France, where I obtained my PhD in 2009 at Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France). I spent the past two years as a postdoctoral associate at Caltech, working with Profs. Edward Stolper and John Eiler. My current research interests focus on the role of volatiles in magmatic systems. This is why I felt that the DCO postdoctoral project was a perfect fit for me. I am also very interested in being involved in an international initiative. My first two months as a DCO postdoctoral fellow were beyond all of my expectations.
 
Being part of the DCO is an incredible experience for me. First, I discovered how it felt to be included into an international, highly specialized and strongly motivated team of researchers working towards a single goal: to decipher the mysteries of Deep Carbon in Earth. I arrived in Washington, DC less than two weeks before the first DCO International Science Advisory Committee meeting. By participating in this meeting, I was able to witness the organization of this program, the birth of new scientific orientations for some of the directorates, the development of solutions to challenging issues, and the coordination of the different teams of this international initiative. I also met some of my collaborators for the first time, as well as other well-recognized scientists in my field of interest. I caught up with some French scientists whom I had not seen while working in the USA for the past two years. This meeting was for me an amazing opportunity to feel the scientific excitement existing around the DCO initiative and to develop a global network of scientific colleagues and potential collaborators. This intense meeting allowed me to built up future career opportunities, a fundamental step for the professional development of every young scientist such as myself.
 
This shared energy also enabled me to a got off to a fast start. As I am splitting my time between the Smithsonian Institution and Carnegie Institution, I have met twice as many scientists as usual, and I benefited from twice as much advice and scientific interactions at this crucial time at the start of my project. Within two months of arriving, I began making measurements of volatile contents in MORB glasses using the ion microprobe at Carnegie, and also I took my first trip to the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory to measure the oxidation state of MORB glasses from the Smithsonian collection. I feel that I am in the right place at the right time, doing exiting research, being supervised with two internationally recognized advisors, and building my future step-by-step thanks to the DCO structure.
 

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