Ph.D, Univeristy of California, Santa
Cruise CRIOBE, Moorea, French Polynesia
Dr. Michael Poole is presently the Director of The Marine
Mammal Research Program at the Island Research Center & Environmental
Observatory (CRIOBE, a biological research station of the University
of Perpignan, France) on Moorea, French Polynesia. He is a charter member
of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and a member of the American Society
Over the past 15 years, much of Michael's research has
been on spinner dolphins in French Polynesia. He has also studied humpback
whales, rough-toothed dolphins, and other species at eight islands.
Michael has provided reports on his research to the United Nations Cetacean
Specialist Group of South Pacific Regional Environmental Program.
Dr. Poole's most important success came in May 2002
when French Polynesia's Government accepted his long-standing proposition
and draft legislation to create a whale and dolphin sanctuary within
all of the territory's Exclusive Economic Zone, an area half the size
of the USA.