La Rochelle, France (7 jours/7)

Sophie Laran

Trying to find out how many there are…

My main subject of research is the estimates of cetacean abundance by Distance sampling methodology My main research subject is the abundance of cetaceans estimated by the Distance sampling methodology during sea surveys.

I am also interested in seasonal variations and try to relate their distribution to their environment, to better understanding the large-scale distribution of marine megafauna. I‘ve started to work with cetaceans by boat in French Mediterranean waters.

Then I joined the Pelagis team in 2010 to focus on large scale aerial surveys on marine megafauna (marine mammals, birds, and other megafauna) for the REMMOA overseas program, then SAMM dedicated to mainland waters, more recently the ASI survey (Accobams Survey Initiative) or our more local aerial surveys. My work allows me to invest myself in the scientific planning, analysis and diffusion of these data. Allowing me to get involved in each of the axes of UMS Pelagis, in particular on the sustainability and storage of data. For a few years now, I have also been participating in the development of tools to facilitate and standardize the different stages of the data collection, visualization and processing of data collected at sea. With the aim of improving the monitoring and conservation of cetacean populations and seabirds.

Research Engineer in charge of the scientific analysis and valorisation of data from observation campaigns
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