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Dr. Christophe Cleguer

Christophe Cleguer 200x200Research Assistant

College of Science and Engineering & TropWATER
James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811 

MSc, University of Auckland, 2009
PhD, James Cook University, 2015 

Phone:+61 7 4781 6940
Email:christophe.cleguer@my.jcu.edu.au

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Current position

Research Assistant at the College of Science and Engineering.

IUCN Sirenia Specialist, Pacific Ocean Region.

Research Interests

Wildlife conservation, marine mammals, dugongs, abundance, spatial ecology, animal movement (GPS-ARGOS tracking) and habitat use, spatial assessment of threats

Publications

Peer reviewed articles

  • Cleguer C., Grech, A., Garrigue, C., Marsh H. (2015) Spatial mismatch between marine protected areas and dugongs in New CaledoniaBiological Conservation, 184, 154-162.
  • Cleguer C., Garrigue C., Everingham Y., Fuentes M.P.B., Hamann M., Payri C., Marsh H. (ready for submission) The importance of replicating baseline surveys: a cautionary tale of New Caledonia’s dugong population. Marine Mammal Science.
  • 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.

Technical reports

  • 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.
  • 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.

Educational book

  • Cleguer C. & Pusineri C. (in press) The dugong. Marine Mammal Atlas. Museum of Natural History of Paris.
  • Dugongs (2009), Environment initiation center – Editorial committee member

Media

Dugong and seagrasss conservation project (2016) Discussing dugong. Interview for GEF-UNEP-CMS-Dugong MoU. link: Click here

 

PhD (completed 2015)

Thesis title: Informing dugong conservation at several spatial and temporal scales in New Caledonia.

Cotutelle project: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia – Université de Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France / Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Nouméa, New Caledonia

PhD Advisors:

Primary advisors: Professor Helene Marsh (James Cook University), Professor Claude Payri (Université de Pierre et    Marie Curie, France),

Secondary advisors: Dr Mark Hamann (JCU), Dr Alana Grech (Macquarie University), Dr Mariana Fuentes (Florida State University), Dr Claire Garrigue (Opération Cétacés - Institut de Recherche pour le développement, New Caledonia)

Conference presentations & Awards

  • Cleguer C., Fuentes M., Grech A., Garrigue C., Hamann M., Marsh H. (2015) Heterogeneous habitat use by dugongs in tropical coral reef lagoons, San Francisco, United States of America.
  • Cleguer C. (2014) Aerial surveys as a tool to support the conservation of Sirenia. Society for conservation biology, Suva, Fiji. (Co-convened symposia).
  • Cleguer C. Grech A., Garrigue C., Marsh H. (2013) Spatially explicit modeling of dugong distribution and relative density in New Caledonia as a tool for prioritizing local conservation initiatives. 20th Biennial conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • Cleguer C. (2012) Dugong conservation in New Caledonia, past, present and future. Poindimie, New Caledonia.

 

  • Winner of the MSc seminar competition, School of Biological Sciences, Auckland, New Zealand (2008).

Tutoring experience

  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (James Cook University, Townsville, Australia).
  • Foundation courses in biology to intermediate first year students. (University of Auckland, New Zealand).
  • Molecular and evolution courses to BSc students. (University of Auckland, New Zealand).

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