Dr. Johann MOURIER
Nationality French
Age 33 years, born April 11th, 1981, Lyon, France
Professional Add.

IRD, UMR 248 MARBEC, Bureau 52  – 1er étage bâtiment principal station Sète

Station Ifremer de Sète, Av Jean Monnet, CS 30171 34203  Sète cedex, France

Website: http://www.umr-marbec.fr/en/?lang=en

Email: johann.mourier@gmail.com

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I have been involved in the study of shark behaviour since 2005 when I completed my final internship on the great white shark behaviour in South Africa to graduate in marine science engineering school of Rennes. After being involved in a basking shark project in Britany (France), I started a Master thesis on the genetic structure and breeding patterns of sicklefin lemon sharks in Moorea (French Polynesia) at Criobe in 2007. I continued with a PhD project on the behavioural ecology of blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) in Moorea between 2008 and 2011 and completed my PhD on May 2011. After my PhD, I obtained a Temporal Lecturer position (ATER) at EPHE (Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes) and I am actually involved in the coordination of a marine biodiversity expedition in Marquesas (French Polynesia) for AAMP (Marine Protected Area Agency) and CNRS as well as conducting shark research in French Polynesia.


2008-2011: PhD Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (USR 3278 EPHE-CNRS) France

Behavioural ecology of the blacktip reef shark, Carcharhinus melanopterus, in Moorea (French Polynesia). Supervisor: Serge PLANES

Thesis Referees: Marc MEEKAN (Australian Institute of Marine Science) & David LUSSEAU (University of Aberdeen)

2006-2007: MSc EPHE Environment and management of biodiversity UMR 5244 CNRS-EPHE-UPVD, University of Perpignan, France

2002-2005: MSc Fishery-Agronomy, Rennes and Bordeaux, France

2004-2005 : Agrocampus (ENSAR) – Diplôme d’Agronomie Approfondie (DAA), halieutique; 2001-2003: ENITAB- Diplôme d’Agronomie Géneral (DAG)

Research interests:

Behavioural ecology of sharks

Movements: Individual shark movements and space utilization in French Polynesia.

Social behaviour of sharks: Analyses of the structure and organization of shark agregations using photo-identification and social network analyses to understand which factors affect the formation of groups in sharks.

Reproduction and connectivity: Survey of gestation of female sharks as well as dispersal and connectivity driven by females during parturition using molecular analyses such as parentage assignments.

Reproductive evolutionary strategies: Assessment of the degree of inbreeding and mate choice in shark population.

Natal philopatry: Investigation of potential natal philopatry processes of female sharks to give birth in their natal nurseries.


Impact of recreational tourism: Assessment of impact of « shark-feeding » on shark’s behaviour and ecology.

Determination of essential habitats: Assessment of essential habitats required by sharks for the maintenance of their populations and their vulnerability to anthropogenic disturbances.

Additional scientific enrolments:

F1000 Associate Faculty Member (since 17 June 2013): badgef1000

Reviewer for 31 scientific journals: Current Biology (3), Fish and Fisheries (1), Molecular Ecology (3), Nature Scientific Reports (2), Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (3), Functional Ecology (1), Journal of Animal Ecology (1), Biological Conservation (3), Heredity (1), PLoSOne (7), Oikos (3), Behavioural Ecology (1), Animal Behaviour (6), Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology (1), Coral Reefs (3), PeerJ (1), Marine Ecology Progress Series (2), Ecological Applications (1), Journal of Heredity (1), BMC Research Notes (1), Frontier in Marine Science (1), ICES Journal of Marine Science (1), Frontiers in Psychology (1), Environmental Management (1), Marine and Freshwater Research (1), Journal of Fish Biology (5), Animal Biotelemetry (1), Environmental Biology of Fishes (1), Marine Biodiversity Records (2), African Journal of Marine Science (2), Revista de Biologia Tropical (1).

Complete list of journal review on   358b068

Reviewer awards:

– Top Reviewer for Molecular Ecology 2015: List of the 8% best reviewers here

    –  Certificat of outstanding contribution in reviewing for Animal Behaviour 2014

Invited member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (http://www.iucnssg.org/) for 2012-2020.

Co-supervisor of 3 MSc Students conducting shark projects between 2009 and 2012.

Secretary and scientific advisor for ORP (Observatoire des Requins de Polynésie / Association for surveys of Polynesian sharks) since 2011: http://www.requinsdepolynesie.com/index.php

Scientific advisor for COARE « Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education » (http://coare.org/) since 2008.

Member of the shark association APECS (Association pour l’Étude et la Conservation des Sélaciens) since 2006. (http://www.asso-apecs.org/).

Member of the shark association AILERONS since 2011. (http://ailerons.eu/).

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