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Laureline Meynier

Laureline Meynier
Babbage Ltd · Bioresearches (Auckland)

PhD
Ecological Consultant, Babbage Ltd

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Introduction
Since June 2019, I have been working for Bioresearches (Babbage Ltd) as a consultant in the marine ecology team. Until January 2019, I was a lecturer at Massey University, Auckland, NZ, teaching Ecology and Environmental Science. My principal research interests are the feeding and foraging ecology of marine predators. My last research project while at Massey University focused on the foraging of NZ fur seals using a combination of fatty acid analysis, stable isotope analysis and telemetry.
Additional affiliations
June 2019 - present
Bioresearches Group Limited
Bioresearches Group Limited
Position
  • Marine Ecologist
June 2015 - January 2019
Massey University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Zoology
June 2014 - November 2014
Massey University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Vertebrate Zoology for undergraduates (36h)
Education
September 2004 - October 2008
Massey University
Field of study
  • Zoology
December 2001 - December 2003
University of Aberdeen
Field of study
  • Zoology
September 2000 - September 2001
La Rochelle Université
Field of study
  • marine ecosystems

Publications

Publications (31)
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Prey detection and subsequent capture is considered a major hypothesis to explain feeding associations between common dolphins and Australasian gannets. However, a current lack of insight on nutritional strategies with respect to foraging behaviours of both species has until now, prevented any detailed understanding of this conspecific relationship...
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Lactating New Zealand (NZ) sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri) exhibit different foraging patterns during their foraging trips, with benthic divers spending more energy at sea than mesopelagic conspecifics. We compared blubber fatty acids (FAs) of 14 benthic and 12 mesopelagic females captured at the Auckland Islands, NZ subantarctic, in late January 200...
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Anomalies can arise when species-specific otolith equations are applied to congeneric species in analyses of seal prey remains. Opalfishes, Hemerocoetes, two spp., are themost numerous fish in the diet of New Zealand sea lions, Phocarctos hookeri, at their population base at the Auckland Islands. Opalfish identified fromotoliths in sea lion prey re...
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This study aimed at determining the energy and amino acid contents of the main prey of New Zealand sea lions at the Auckland Islands, New Zealand, and at estimating the food requirements of New Zealand sea lions during the period 2000-2006. The main prey were determined from previous studies and are hoki Macruronus novaezelandiae, the family Macrou...
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Fatty acids (FAs) from blubber are often analysed to assess the diet of marine mammals. However, distribution of blubber FAs is not necessarily uniform along the body. It is therefore important to understand the deposition of dietary fat to be able to estimate the diet. We analysed the FA compositions of the thoracic ventral (T region) blubber of 2...
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We used quantitative fatty acid signature analysis (QFASA) to predict the long-term diet of New Zealand (NZ) sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri) incidentally caught in the NZ arrow squid (Nototodarus spp.) fishery. The QFASA model used fatty acid (FA) profiles based on 82 blubber samples of NZ sea lions bycaught between 2000 and 2006. First, the model w...
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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine (OC) pesticide levels were determined in blubber samples collected from stranded and incidentally by-caught Hector's (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) and Maui's (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) dolphins from New Zealand waters between 1997 and 2009. PCBs (45 congeners) and a range of OC pesticides...
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We examined the stomach contents of 121 New Zealand (NZ) sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri) caught by the squid fishery during the summer/autumn 1997–2006 around the Auckland Islands (51°S, 166°E). Dietary variation was assessed among juveniles, lactating females, nonlactating females and males, and between areas on the Auckland Islands shelf. The dige...
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Post-mortem examinations provide valuable information on sources of mortality for marine mammal populations. However, no published data exist to describe causes of death in the New Zealand population of Common Dolphin (Delphinus sp.). In order to examine the proportion of human and non-human induced mortality affecting this population, necropsies w...
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Post-mortem examinations provide valuable information on sources of mortality for marine mammal populations. However, no published data exist to describe causes of death in the New Zealand population of Common Dolphin (Delphinus sp.). In order to examine the proportion of human and non-human induced mortality affecting this population, necropsies w...
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Campbell Plateau is an important fishing ground for the main commercial New Zealand species. yet, studies on trophic interactions between species and their nutritional values are limited. The objectives of this study were to determine the proximate composition and energy contents of selected commercial and non-commercial marine species from Campbel...
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We determined the fatty acid (FA) composition of the blubber of 82 New Zealand (NZ) sea lions caught as squid fishery by-catch between the years 2000 and 2006 on the Auckland Islands (51° S, 166° E) shelf. A combination of univariate and multivariate analyses showed significant variation in the FA composition between sexes and years. Blubber FA com...
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This paper provides the first report of stomach contents of common dolphin (Deiphinus sp.) from New Zealand waters. We examined 53 stomachs from 42 stranded and 11 by‐caught common dolphin from the North Island of New Zealand between 1997 and 2006. Although the diet of by‐caught and stranded common dolphin comprised a diverse range of fish and ceph...
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Investigations of trophic interactions between marine mammals and marine resources typically use trophic models that are based on food composition, energy content of the prey and energy requirements of the predators. Although the diets are known to vary intraspecifically according to year, season, sex and age, this variation is rarely taken into ac...
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Trace elements, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine (OC) pesticide levels were determined in tissues collected from stranded and bycaught common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) from New Zealand waters between 1999 and 2005. The concentrations of mercury (Hg), selenium (Se), chromium (Cr), zinc (Zn), nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), cobalt (Co),...
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The short-beaked common dolphin, Delphinus delphis, is abundant in both neritic and oceanic habitats. These two domains differ largely in terms of the nature of forage organisms and their availability to surface-bound top predators, which suggests that the common dolphin should show extensive variability in foraging strategies as a response to thes...
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The food and feeding ecology of the striped dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba, in the oceanic waters of the north-east Atlantic were studied using the stomach contents of 60 striped dolphins caught in the albacore drift-net fishery throughout the summer months of 1992 and 1993 off the Bay of Biscay. Thirty-eight per cent of these dolphins were calves...
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The striped dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba, is an oceanic species that occasionally occurs in neritic habitats; in the Bay of Biscay it is abundant offshore and erratic in occurrence over the shelf. Given that prey assemblages differ widely among these habitats both in terms of taxonomic composition and of ecology, this would suggest that striped d...
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Extract Tuberculosis has been described in seven species of pinnipeds. Based on host preference, phenotype and genetic and antigenic testing, the causal bacterium has been classified as a distinct species, Mycobacterium pinnipedii, within the M. tuberculosis complex. An adult male New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri) was found dead on the Otag...
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We investigated the status of the grey seal in the Molène archipelago, western Brittany, where a Marine National Park is planned. We combined regular censuses, photo-identification and satellite telemetry to investigate trends in grey seal abundance, site fidelity, individual movements and haulout site use. Individual movements and seasonal variati...
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Although immature albacore tuna, Thunnus alalunga, are of economic and social importance in the Bay of Biscay, little is known about their diet and feeding ecology there. For this study, the diet of 78 albacore caught in the French driftnet fishery during summer 1993 is analysed. Fish dominated the diet in terms of relative abundance (86%N), and re...
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Although immature albacore tuna, Thunnus alalunga, are of economic and social importance in the Bay of Biscay, little is known about their diet and feeding ecology there. For this study, the diet of 78 albacore caught in the French driftnet fishery during summer 1993 is analysed. Fish dominated the diet in terms of relative abundance (86%N), and re...
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Oil spills can have direct effects on organisms (mortality or morbidity), indirect effects (through alteration of lower trophic levels) or be associated to exposure to trace elements contained in oil (markers). An effect of the "Erika" oil spill was investigated by spatio-temporally comparing mortality, population structures, diets and concentratio...
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Summary - The stability of natural markings is critical to all photo identification studies. In this study we assessed the stability of natural pelage markings in grey seals, comparing visually a series of photos taken from a small population over several years. We observed that the pattern tends to darken with age, and that this process seems to o...

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Question
I am preparing a project on diving petrels in NZ. The main goal would be to determine their energetic budgets using accelerometers. Because of their small size (150g), the mass of the device is critical.
I know of 2 companies which make accelerometers for marine wildlife: Little Leonardo and TechnoSmart.
TechnoSmart sells Axi-3 which is quite light (~2g).
To my knowledge, Little Leonardo has accelerometers in a much larger range and would not be suitable for this project.
I would like to ask the researcher community on:
-the quality of TechnoSmart products
-any other accelerometer that would be smaller than 5g
-any advice concerning the attachment of accelerometers on small birds
thank you
Laureline

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Projects (2)
Archived project
Study of the trophic relationships of dolphins with other large predators and fisheries in the Bay of Biscay through the analysis of stomach contents.