Solene Derville

Postdoctoral Scholar

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Ph.D. Environmental sciences – Marine ecology, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France, 2018
M.S. Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France, 2015
B.S. Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France, 2012
Research/Career Interests: 

I study the distribution, habitats and movements of marine mammals (whales, dolphins, dugongs...) in the Pacific in order to facilitate their conservation in both coastal and pelagic environments. In general, I am interested in innovative and multidisciplinary methods to study the multi-scale space use patterns of marine megafauna species.

As a postdoc in the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory, I work on statistical models aimed at predicting the habitat use and distribution patterns of rorqual whales (humpback, blue, and fin whales) off the Oregon coast as part of the OPAL project. The aim of this project is to better understand the distribution of whales in Oregon waters to assess their co-occurrence with Dungeness crab fishing effort and help reduce whale entanglements.

I am a postdoc in the GEMM Lab, working on the OPAL project.
Professional Preparation: 
Postdoc research: marine mammal ecology. French Institute of Research for Sustainable development (IRD), New Caledonia. 2018-2020.
PhD research: humpback whale spatial ecology. French Institute of Research for Sustainable development (IRD), New Caledonia, and Sorbonne Université, France. 2015-2018.
Graduate research project: Māui dolphin habitats. Marine Mammal Institute, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Newport, Oregon, United States. 2015.
Graduate research project: African buffaloe movement ecology. Functional and Evolutionary Ecology Research Center (CEFE), CNRS, France. 2014.
Graduate research project: marine turtle ecology, Kélonia Marine Turtle Observatory, La Réunion. 2013-2014.
Graduate research project: dog cognition and communication, Mammal Vocal Communication and Cognition Research Lab, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. 2013.
Undergraduate research project: roe deer population monitoring, National Institute for Agronomical Research (INRA), France. 2012.
Affiliated with: 
Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory (GEMM Lab)
Hatfield Marine Science Center
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