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 am interested in animal behavior and spatial ecology, the way animals interact with their environment, move and are distributed in geographical space. In general, I seek to develop innovative and multidisciplinary methods to study the multi-scale space use patterns of marine megafauna species.

During my PhD I investigated the space use patterns of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the South Pacific and particularly around the archipelago of New Caledonia. Using a long-term diverse dataset (surveys at sea, citizen science, satellite tracking) I investigated best practices to cetacean species distribution modeling, acquired fundamental knowledge on the distribution, habitats and movements of humpback whales in Oceania breeding grounds, and predicted priority conservation areas and potential threats to humpback whales. Recently, I have pursued my research on cetacean tropical and pelagic habitats, by focusing on their role in seamount ecosystems.

As a postdoc in the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory, I will work on statistical models aimed at predicting the habitat use and distribution patterns of whales off the Oregon coast as part of the OPAL project.

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)
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