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, and include some work together with Beqa Adventure Divers and Juerg Brunnschweiler.  I am also recording very interesting information on the life and habits of large sharks, particularly bull sharks. One of the project is to emphasize the importance of proper management or species and area and the benefit of well-setup and well-run shark dives to help in that regard.

Those are a few photos from working with sharks – sometimes it takes fishing them but they were always well treated and released healthy !


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