I have worked or helped on several projects in the past, most including sharks, in France, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Oman, Mayotte, Tuvalu and now Fiji. My work on Sharks Genetics was done with the CRIOBE and you can find my first author papers references here:
– Vignaud TM, Clua E, Mourier J, Maynard J, Planes S (2013) Microsatellite Analyses of Blacktip Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) in a Fragmented Environment Show Structured Clusters. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61067. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061067
– Vignaud TM, Maynard JA, Leblois R, Meekan MG, Vázquez-Juárez R, Ramírez-Macías D, Pierce SJ, Rowat D, Berumen ML, Beeravolu C, Baksay S, Planes S (2014) Genetic structure of populations of whale sharks among ocean basins and evidence for their historic rise and recent decline. Molecular Ecology, 23: 2590–2601. doi: 10.1111/mec.12754
– Vignaud TM, Mourier J, Maynard JA, Leblois R, Spaet J, Clua E, Neglia V, Planes S (2014) Blacktip reef sharks, Carcharhinus melanopterus, have high genetic structure and varying demographic histories in their Indo-Pacific range. Molecular Ecology, 23: 5193-5207. doi: 10.1111/mec.12936
My current projects are focusing on large sharks in Fiji, working together with Beqa Adventure Divers and Juerg Brunnschweiler and all the sharks ! We are recording very interesting information on the life and habits of large sharks, particularly bull sharks, using observations and acoustic tagging. We are also working towards the conservation of those species and are collaborating on many other project involving DNA sampling, endangered species recording and more !
Those are a few photos from working with sharks – sometimes it takes fishing them but they were always well treated and release healthy !