Dr Cougnon is a physical oceanographer and regional ocean modeller, with a strong focus for the Antarctic region. She wants to better understand the interactions between the ocean and the Antarctic ice shelves and the sensitivity of water mass formation to the ocean-cryosphere interactions. This will help to better understand/estimate the impact of sea-level rise due to Antarctic ice shelf melting. She completed her PhD (2016) in Quantitative Marine Science at University of Tasmania, working closely with the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC (ACE CRC). Her work was focused on the sensitivity of dense water formed along the Antarctic coast, near the Mertz Glacier, to sea ice formation and ice shelf basal melting. Dr Cougnon joined the ACE CRC in a part-time role in November 2017. Her research interests focus on the impacts of regional icescape changes onto the ocean circulation next to the Antarctic continent, and their feedbacks onto the ice shelves. Her research is modelling based, but she always had a great interest in working with observations.