Dr. Lala Kounta will stay for six months at the facilities of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands and will develop a research project on the impact of heat waves of the west coast of Africa on marine ecosystems sponsored by the ‘Ellas Investigan’ program of the Women for Africa Foundation.
Lala Kounta has a degree in Physical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography and Climate Science. She is currently an assistant lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar, Senegal) and she is specialized in meteorology, oceanography, and dryland management.
The main objective of the researcher is to deepen the knowledge of the influence of global warming on ocean circulation and in the species of the marine ecosystems of the African coast.
The stay is funded by the sixth edition of the ‘Ellas Investigan’ (Science by Women) program of the Women for Africa Foundation, in line with its mission to contribute to the development of Africa by promoting its women. The aim of the program is to promote the leadership of African women in scientific and technological research and to build the capacity of research centres in their countries of origin. PLOCAN is part of this program, which is sponsored by the Government of the Canary Islands through its Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI).