Christophe Cleguer

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Postdoctoral Researcher

My research focuses on enhancing the scientific understanding of dugong ecology to enable key stakeholders to make informed decisions about dugong conservation and management. I enjoy working with researchers, managers and NGOs from different horizons to develop, test and refine new methods and tools to investigate topics such as dugong abundance, distribution and habitat use. At the moment, my work focuses on developing local-scale aerial surveys using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assess dugong habitat use in relation to the dynamics of seagrasses in the Pilbara region (Australia). One of the most exciting and rewarding part of my job is to work with local communities on enhancing marine megafauna conservation and management while strengthening the bond between Western science and traditional knowledge.

To develop novel local-scale methods and tools including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assess dugong habitat use in relation to seagrass habitat dynamics and other environmental factors in the Pilbara region (Australia).
To provide technical advice to researchers, non-government/civil society managers, and decision-makers in dugong range states to enhance their capacity to understand and protect dugongs and their habitats (links to projects I am involved in: http://www.dugongconservation.org).
Supervisor: Dr. Amanda Hodgson

2017 – present:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Murdoch University Cetacean Research Group, Perth, Australia.
Use of unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assess dugong habitat use and movements in relation to seagrass dynamics and other environmental factors in the Pilbara region.

Co-Chair of the Sirenian IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Pacific Ocean Region.

Member of the Dugong Technical Group (DTG).
Advisor to the dugong Memorandum of Understanding.

Adjunct Research Fellow at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.

Adjunct Research Fellow at Entropie, Institut de Recherche pour le développement, New Caledonia.

2015 – 2017: Senior Research Officer, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
Project development, management and coordination, data analysis, and publication (i.e. peer reviewed articles, reports, posters, media releases). Focus on (1) dugong abundance and distribution using sophisticated standardized manned and unmanned aerial survey methods, (2) dugong use of space using remote telemetry methods, (3) spatial risk assessments to dugongs and their habitats using GIS tools.

2012 – 2015: Completion of PhD candidature under a co-tutelle agreement between James Cook University (Townsville, Australia) and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD ; Nouméa, New Caledonia) branch of Université de Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France).
Thesis title: Informing dugong conservation at several spatial and temporal scales in New Caledonia.

2009 – 2012: Research assistant, Operation Cetaces, Noumea, New Caledonia.
Marine mammal conservation education and awareness

2007 – 2009: MSc in Biological Sciences, the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
First Class Honours
Thesis title: DNA Identification of Bivalve Larvae from the Whangateau Harbour, New Zealand.

Awards
Winner of the 2008 MSc seminar competition, School of Biological Sciences, Auckland, New Zealand.

Peer reviewed articles

Cleguer C., Grech A., Garrigue C., Marsh H. (2015) Spatial mismatch between marine protected areas and dugongs in New Caledonia. Biological Conservation, 184, 154-162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.007

Cleguer C., Garrigue C., Everingham Y., Fuentes M.P.B., Hamann M., Payri C., Hagihara R., Marsh H. (2017) Drivers of change in the relative abundance of dugongs in New Caledonia. Wildlife Research, TBD. https://doi.org/10.1071/WR16133

Fuentes M. P. B., Cleguer C., Liebsch N., Bedford G., Amber D., Hankin C., McCarthy P., Shimada T., Whap T., Marsh H. (2013) Adapting dugong catching techniques to different cultural and environmental settings. Marine Mammal Science, 29, 159-166. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2011.00531.x

Technical reports
Cleguer, C., Sobtzick, S., Hagihara, R., and Marsh, H. (2017). Distribution and abundance of dugongs and large juvenile and adult marine turtles in the overall Shoalwater Bay/Port Clinton region. A report to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.

Sobtzick, S., Cleguer, C., Hagihara, R., and Marsh, H. (2017). Distribution and abundance of dugong and large marine turtles in Moreton Bay, Hervey Bay and the southern Great Barrier Reef. A report to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) Publication 17/21, James Cook University, Townsville.

Cleguer, C., Preston, S., Hagihara, R., Shimada, T., Udyawer, V., Hamann, M., Simpson, S., Loban, F., Bowie, G., Fujii, R., and Marsh, H. (2016). Working with the community to understand use of space by dugongs and green turtles in Torres Strait. Final Report to the Mura Badulgal Representative Native Title Body Corporate and the Department of Environment, National Environment Science Program Tropical Water Quality Hub. M Project No. 3.2. James Cook University, Townsville, Australia 66 pp.

Hagihara, R., Cleguer, C., Preston, S., Sobtzick, S., Hamann, M., Shimada, T. and Marsh, H. (2016). Improving the estimates of abundance of dugongs and large juvenile and adult green turtles in Western and Central Torres Strait. Final report to the Mura Badulgal Representative Native Title Body Corporate and the Department of the Environment, National Environment Science Program (NESP) Tropical Water Quality Hub. March 2016. Project No. 3.2. James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. 55 pp.

Hagihara, R., Cleguer, C., Garrigue, C. (2016). Improving the time series estimates of dugong abundance and distribution by incorporating revised availability bias correction. Final Report to the Agence des Aires Marines Protégées. 41 pp.

Cleguer, C., Limpus, C.G., Hamann, M., Marsh, H. (2015). Annual report on dugong tracking and habitat use in Gladstone in 2015. Report produced for the Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Program Advisory Panel as part of Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Program.

Cleguer, C., Limpus, C.G., Gredzens, C., Hamann, M., Marsh, H. (2015). Annual report on dugong tracking and habitat use in Gladstone in 2014. Report produced for the Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Program Advisory Panel as part of Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Program.

Sobtzick, S., Hagihara, R., Penrose, H., Grech, A., Cleguer, C., and Marsh, H. (2014) An assessment of the distribution and abundance of dugongs in the Northern Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. A Report for the Department of the Environment, National Environmental Research Program (NERP). August 2014.

Garrigue, C., Oremus, M., Poupon, M., Schaffar, A., Cleguer C. (2014) Marine Mammal inventory. Rapport final (Contrat 000517KNS-OP) 100p.
Garrigue C. & Cleguer C. (2013) Dugong movements in the Nouméa and the Bourail-Poya regions. Rapport non publié pour l’Agence des Aires Marines Protégées. 28p

Cleguer C., Oremus M. et Garrigue C. (2012) Pilot study on dugong satellite tagging in New Caledonia. Rapport non publié pour l’Agence des Aires Marines Protégées. 33p + annexes

Garrigue C., Cleguer C. and Schaffar A. (2012a) Distribution and abundance of dugongs in New Caledonia, 2012. Rapport de mission de la campagne de juin 2012. 27p + annexes.

Garrigue C., Cleguer C., Schaffar A., and Oremus (2012b) Distribution and abundance of dugongs in New Caledonia, 2012. Rapport de mission de la campagne de juin 2012. 27p + annexes.

Garrigue, C., Cleguer C. & Schaffar, A. (2011a) Distribution and abundance of dugongs in New Caledonia, 2011. Rapport de mission de la campagne de juin 2011. 25p + annexes.

Garrigue, C., Cleguer C., Schaffar, A. & Oremus, M. (2011b) Distribution and abundance of dugongs in New Caledonia, 2011. Rapport de mission de la campagne de novembre 2011. 25p + annexes.

Fuentes M., Kraft P., Liebsch N., Cleguer C. & Krueger J. (2010) Informing dugong hunting management in Torres Strait by studying dugong movements and habitat usage. Unpublished report. James Cook University & Torres Strait Management Authority. Australia.

Garrigue C., Schaffar A., Oremus M. et Cleguer C. (2010) Monitoring of the humpback whale population in the Vale Inco zone.

Oremus, M., C. Garrigue, and C. Cleguer. (2011) Dugong genetic diversity in New Caledonia. Rapport final.

Cleguer C. (2010) The dugong (Dugong dugon), species monograph, biological knowledge. Actions to improve dugong related knowledge in New Caledonia. Rapport pour l’Agence des Aires Marines Protégées. 152PP.

Cleguer C. (2010). Training in the development of a method for tracking the movement of dugongs in New Caledonia. Rapport pour le TE ME UM.

Sirenian specialist group newspapers
Cleguer C. (2012) Informing dugong movement and habitat use behavior in New Caledonia – A pilot study. Sirenews.

Cleguer C., Garrigue C., Preston S., Liebsch N., Marsh H. (2015) Use of a Sit-down Personal Watercraft to Safely and Quickly Catch Dugongs (Dugong dugon) in the coral reef lagoons of New Caledonia. Sirenews.

Cleguer C., Cooper P., Donlan J., Hiramasu D., Hodgson A., Kwan D., Jones B., Marsh H., McKenzie L., Pilcher N., Unsworth R., Whitty T. S., Woodley S. (in press) The Dugong-Seagrass-Community Toolkit. Sirenews.

Educational book
Cleguer C. and Pusineri C. (2017) The dugong. Marine Mammal Atlas. Museum of Natural History of Paris.

Environment initiation center (2009) The dugong. Editorial committee member. Environment initiation center

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christophe_Cleguer

Christophe Cleguer PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Cetacean Research Unit, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Murdoch University
South Street, Murdoch, 6150
Western Australia
Christophe.cleguer@murdoch.edu.au

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christophe_Cleguer

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