in Plant Biology and Physiology in 1985 (University of Montpellier,
Claire Garrigue is an honorary research fellow at the School of Biological
Sciences in Auckland University, Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution,
studying the genetic structure of the humpback whale population of New
Claire has lived
in the South Pacific since 1983. She has been employed as a marine biologist
at IRD (Institut pour la Recherche et le Développement) since
1989. She was involved in different programs studying the benthic ecosystem
of coral areas, based in Noumea (New Caledonia).
Founder and scientific
advisor of Opération
Cétacés, an NGO that was created in 1994, Claire has
developed a research programme on marine mammals in New Caledonia. The
main focus is on humpback whales that winter in the lagoons of New Caledonia,
but other cetaceans are also studied. Every year she manages a three-month
field programme, coordinating a team of four to five field assistants.
Claire has represented New Caledonia at the IWC in 2000 (Adelaide),
and at the SPREP meeting in Apia 2001 (Samoa).
She has also been
involved in marine mammals research in Hawaii (January 1996) and in
Canada (June 1993). Claire spends part of her time creating projects
on marine mammals to educate school children and whale watchers about
the conservation of marine mammals, and has developed presentations
and leaflets. She has written a book on humpback whales in New Caledonia.
to humpback whale project:
1. Garrigue C., Greaves, J. and Chambellant. 2001. Characteristics
of the New Caledonian humpback whales. Memoirs of Queensland Museum.
2. Garrigue, C., Forestell, P., Greaves, J., Gill, P., Naessig, P.,
Baker, C.S. and Patenaude, N. 2000. Migratory movement of humpback
whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) between New Caledonia, East Australia
and New Zealand. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 2 (2)
3. Garrigue C., Greaves J. a,nd Chambellant M. 2000. Characteristic
of the New Caledonian humpback whales population. Humpback 2000 conference,
august to 1 september 2000, Brisbane, Australia.
4. Garrigue C. and Greaves, J. 2000. The status of humpback whales
in New Caledonia (South Pacific). SC/52/IA8.
5. Garrigue C., Aguayo, A., Baker, C.S., Caballero, S., Clapham, P.,
Constantine, R., Denkinger, J., Donoghue M., Florez-Gonzalez, L.,
Greaves, J., Hauser, N., Olavarria, C., Pairoa, C., Peckham, H., and
Poole, M. 2000a. Movements of humpback whales in Oceania, South Pacific.
6. Olavarria, C.B., Baker, C.S., Medrano, L.G., Aguayo, A.L., Caballero,
S.G., Florez-Gonzalez, L., Capella, J.A., Rosenbaum, H.C., Garrigue,
C., Greaves, J., Bannister, J.L., Jenner, M. and Jenner, C. 2000.
Stock identity of Antarctic Peninsula Humpback Whales inferred from
MtDNA variation. SC/52/IA15.
7. Garrigue C. and Greaves J. 1999. Nouvelle-Calédonie : un
rendez-vous pour les baleines. C. Ledru (ed.), Nouméa, 160
p. (Ouvrage bilingue français - anglais).
8. Rosenbaum H.C., Y. Razafindrakoto, L. Florez-Gonzalez, J. Capella,
C. Garrigue, J. Greaves, C.Jenner, M-N., Jenner, M.R. Robles-saavedra,
R. DeSalle and C.S. Baker. 1998. Variation and geographic structure
of humpback whale mitochondrial DNA from the wintering grounds of
Areas III, IV, V and VI in the Southern Hemisphere. IWC SC/50/CAWS35.
9. Garrigue C. and Greaves J.A. 1998. Preliminary estimation of the
humpback whales population of New Caledonia (South Pacific). World
Marine Mammal Science Conference, Monaco (Poster).
10. Gill P., Eyre E.J., Garrigue C. and Dawbin W.H. 1995. Observations
of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on a cruise to New Caledonia
and the Chesterfield reefs. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 38 (2)
11. Garrigue C. and Gill P. 1994. Observations of Humpback whales
(Megaptera novaeangliae) in New Caledonian waters during 1991-1993.
Biological Conservation, 70 (3) : 211-218.