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Ecology and Conservation of Marine Mammals 
University of La Rochelle

Conference 2008


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Scientific activities on marine mammals at the University of La Rochelle are transversal to two units: the Marine Mammal Research Center (Centre de Recherche sur les Mammifères Marins, CRMM) and the laboratory Littoral Environment and Societies (Littoral, Environnement et Sociétés, LIENSs, UMR 6250, CNRS/ULR).

Since 2004, CRMM has been established as an environmental observatory at the University of La Rochelle, but it originates from the former oceanographic museum of La Rochelle which was created and managed by Dr Raymond Duguy from 1972 on. The French Standing Network in its current shape dates back from this period and is constituted of field correspondents who have been collecting sighting and stranding data from all over the French coast without interruption since then.

The laboratory Littoral Environment and Societies (LIENSs) is a Joint Research Unit (Unité Mixte de Recherche, UMR 6250) of the National Centre for Scientifique Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS) and the University of La Rochelle, ULR. It was established in January 2008 by gathering all research groups working on issues related to the coastal zone, its characteristics and processes. LIENSs includes geographers, geophysicians, ecologists, physiologists, biochemists and bio-technologists, representingt 140 scientists grouped into 6 research teams.

The Ecology and Conservation of Marine Mammal group is formed of all CRMM scientists (4 persons) and researchers and PhD students of LIENSs (8 people working on marine mammal issues). Schematically, actions related to marine mammal population monitoring are led by CRMM, research actions are carried out at LIENSs, whereas expertise actions are shared among the two units. This grouping around a common set of scientific issues takes the advantage of the diversity of persons involved, relies on a dense network of field, scientific and administrative partners whose varied contributions are warmly acknowledged. These efforts allow new information and knowledge on marine mammal population state, ecology and conservation perspectives to be assessed and disseminated.


Discovering involved people


Acknowledging the network of field correspondents, collaborating scientists and administrative or funding partners


Disseminating results from intern reports, technical reports and peer-reviewed papers

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