Chloe Nunn is a marine ecologist and social scientist whose work focuses on the contributions of coastal habitats to people, with a particular interest in seaweed and community resilience. In her capacity as a consultant over the last five years, including for the UN Ocean Decade, she has worked to implement transformational ocean action in support of sustainable development. Her work spans coasts in the UK and in the Arctic, across projects such as the Study of Environmental Arctic Change and the marine North Devon Biosphere Reserve.

About our people - Chloe stands outside slightly turned to the right with her arm rested on a fence post. The background  is the green leaves of trees.

As a 2018 National Geographic Explorer, she is an avid writer, public speaker, and photography, with a particular interest in education outreach. She provides ongoing support to the UK Polar Network, currently as its vice president, representing over 500 early career polar scientists. She was awarded a National Geographic Society grant to fund her master’s dissertation fieldwork in Uummannaq, Greenland, where she researched social-ecological system resilience to local disruptions.

More recently she contributes to and leads the NGS-funded Constructive Visions Book project, focussing on engagement with educational partners. She is also an active member of the South West England Explorer Hub. Her other interests include traveling, experiencing new cultures, outdoor and water-based activities (mostly sailing), and living sustainably. She is based in Plymouth, UK.

Why the Mudskipper?

When the mudskipper exits the water and climbs onto land, a fish walking on its elbows across wet sand, it is able to eat, breathe, and reproduce. When it returns to the water, a fish with malformed fins and huge eyes, it is still able to eat, breathe, and reproduce. It is an amazing feat of evolution.

Not only am I (Chloe) fascinated by these weird and wonderful creatures, but I sometimes am a bit of a mudskipper myself. I grew up in both the UK and the US and enjoyed making new friends, and learning about new cultures. I am now confident travelling to new places and quick to embrace new cultures. Even my academic background has ranged from marine ecology to social science to policy to science communication and I am always seeking out new learning opportunities. I enjoy being a ‘jack of all trades’ as it were because it expands the network of unique people I interact with and opens up new opportunities for learning, collaboration, and career development.

Independent consulting is another relatively new venture for me, and hopefully it will give me an outlet to share my thoughts – or musings if you will – passions, and experiences. If you need another reason to like the mudskipper please find it here.


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