Marine Mammal Observer
Pam & Campaign officer
Hi, I am Virginie
Detailed-oriented observer with more than 10 years of experience in Marine Biology.
Adept at monitoring plastics in the Mediterranean Sea.
Possess verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work in remote field locations and challenging weather condition.
Expert in recording sightings and data on standardized forms associated with daily sighting activities as well as self-audit data prior to submission.
Interested in any project related to the protection and conservation of marine mammals and their environments.
Biologist and Marine Mammal Observer
Project leader at @ExpeditionGlacialis
CH – 1205 Genève
French, English and German
Entrepreneure salariée de neonomia
Creation and Improvement of Catalog
Knowledge in Biopsies, Drone and photogrammettry
Necropsy & Parasitology
Photo ID using Darwin, ACDSee, Imatch, Ifluke and excel
Theodolite & land based survey
Whale watching impact Assessment
Marine Mammal Observer
Able to Operate and maintain field equipment including Garmin GPS, binoculars with reticules, range finder, theodolites and high-resolution digital camera with video capabilities.
Instrumental in detecting and localising protected species using acoustic material.
Ability to monitor a designated area for protected species, for up to 4 hours at a time and no more than 12 hours a day
Skilled in identifying many marine species due to the participation of several (22) long term Project around the world (Atlantic, Pacific Ocean as well as Mediterranean, Red Sea, Saint Laurent and Guinea Gulf).
Sensibilisation & Community work
Exposition and event organisation
Sensibilisation about (micro)plastic and ocean with community and at school
Videos and Photography
Campaign Officer at WSO (current)
Marine Mammal Science
Necropsy and Parasitology
CLIENTS and Collaborators
Dec 2019 until now
Project leader at Expedition Glacialis
Organization, team building, fundraising, logistics, development of partnerships and scientific protocols to monitor whales and wildlife from the Açores to Greenland on board Atlas a 43feet sailing boat. We left Terceira in June 2021 and came back in September 2021.
Passive acoustic operator
Passive acoustic monitoring during regulated construction activities in Denmark (Windfarm Pilling).
World Sustainability Organization WSO
Monitored and recorded marine species behaviours during regulated construction activities in Albania. (Cable deployment)
R&E Ocean Community Conservation
Working alongside operators to find better ways to perform responsible whale watching while protecting and sensitising the children about the ocean. Introduction to photogrammetry with drone, biopsy and acoustic and 15 days field work collecting data about the behavioural of humpback whales related to the the presence /absence of vessel.
Setting up of a theodolite Station in a challenging environment, trained one volunteer, creation of the theodolite protocol and daily reports.
Assistance and recording/photography in more than 20 public interventions to raise awareness of the whale watching issue among tourists, community and schools.
Oct 2018- April 2019
Conducted water sample analysis in addition to raising awareness regarding sustainability in promoting circular economy and responsible behaviours. Collected a variety of samples, classifying individual data while extracting microplastics, weights and registration in databases.
Analyse more than 200 water samples from 6 partners to map global ocean and river pollution worldwide.
Monitored and recorded marine species behaviours during regulated construction activities. Identified marine mammals at a species-level, both at distances and by body parts; estimating distance, quantity, and behaviours of animals during observation activities. Maintained accurate, unbiased scientific data, and following required protocols. Prepared daily, final report, and assist on ongoing publications.
Utilized 86 days at sea in effectively monitoring and recording Marine Megafauna, collecting all acoustic data while successfully training additional MMO’s on the Catamaran Guyavoile.
Effectively monitored six campaigns within French Guyana, observing over 13 different marine mammal species including three turtle species and 30 seabird species.
Aug 2018-Oct 2018; February & September 2021
MMOin Cabo verde, Mayotte and Romania
Conducted Geoseismic survey to verify Guideline application on board PourquoiPas. Recorded sightings, distance, and behaviour of marine species. Utilised optical equipment to assess distance, species, and behaviour of marine mammals. Followed and implemented all protocols as outlined in the Marine Mammal Monitoring Plan. Monitored and recorded environmental data.
Integrated the use of equipment in fulfilling mission requirements.
May -June 2017
Oceanus Association, Gibraltar to Athens
Survey of abundance and data collection of marine fauna from Gibraltar to Athens
Birds, turtles, marine mammals and plastics inventory
videos and navigation assistance
As well as
Assistant, BRAHSS Project (impact of seismic survey on whale’s migration), Sunshine Coast, Australia
Assistant, Faxafloi Project (PhD project), Reykjavik , Iceland
Assistant, Sapphire Project (impact of whale watching on spinner dolphin), Hawaii
Assistant, South West Marine Project (population dynamics of bottlenose dolphin, swim tour and real time monitoring), Bunbury, Australia
Project Assistant, Cetaceosmadeira II Project, (parasitology, whale watching and necropsy), Madeira
Executive Assistant, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (organisation and event management), Bern
Animal Welfare Internship, (application of guideline) FVO, Bern
Master of Science, Biology, Emphasis in Eco-ethology and Parasitology
University of Neuchâtel, South Africa, Switzerland, South Africa
MOOC California University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
University of Neuchâtel (Unine), Switzerland
If you are Looking for
Monitoring and Mitigation
Research & Analysis consultants
or have a project/ NGOs linked with Ocean Environment, Whales or Circular economy
Please don't hesitate to contact me