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Christine Figgener
Christine Figgener
Phone:
(979) 985-0831
Fax:
(979) 845-7525
Email:
christine.figgener@tamu.edu
Office:
TAES Annex Building - Room 122.4
Address:

Texas Sea Grant

730 Lamar Street

4115 TAMU (MS)

College Station, TX 77843-4115


Degrees:

Ph.D. IDP Marine Biology, Texas A&M University, In Progress, Anticipated Summer 2019

M.S. (German Dipl.-Biol.) Zoology (Behavioural Physiology and Animal Ecology), University of Würzburg in Germany, 2010

(~B.S.) Biology, University of Tübingen in Germany, 2005

Awards:

2016 Lerner-Gray-Fund for Marine Research

2015, 2016 Texas Sea Grant - Grant-in-Aid for Graduate Research

2016 PADI Foundation – Research Grant

2015 George Bush Presidential Library Foundation -Graduate Student Travel Award

2015 Texas Sea Grant - Grant-in-Aid for Graduate Research

2011, 2014, 2016 International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) – Travel Award

2011 Leatherback Trust – Travel Grant

2009 PADI Foundation – Research Grant

Oskar-Karl-Forster-Foundation – Award for Gifted Students

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) – Scholarship

Golden State Exam (GSE) – Golden Merit Seal in Biology

Degussa Foundation – Scholarship

Youth for Understanding Foundation - Scholarship

Courses:

BIOL 214 Genes, Ecology, Evolution

BIOL 319 Human Anatomy and Physiology


Christine Figgener

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Behavioural Ecology, Sea turtle Ecology and Reproductive Biology; Mate Choice and Sexual Selection; Conservation Biology; Animal Communication

 

DISSERTATION:

For my dissertation I am investigating the basis and consequences of a female alternative reproductive tactics found in the olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

If you would like to support my research, please consider donating to my GoFundMe campaign!

www.gofundme.com/wuhvd6zj

 

ENVIRONMENT & CONSERVATION:

I have been working in sea turtle and cetacean conservation for the past decade and my PhD will help me to be more autonomous.

I am also part of local and international campaigns that promote the reduction of single-use plastics in our daily life. PlasticPollutionCoalition-NoStrawPlease

A video of mine that went viral 2015, is showing the detrimental effects of plastic pollution on wildlife very graphically. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wH878t78bw

Selected Publications

Figgener C, Chacón D, Jensen M and Feldhaar H (2016), Paternity re-visited in a recovering population of Caribbean leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

Robinson NJ & Figgener C (2015), Paternity re-visited in a recovering population of Caribbean leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), Marine Turtle Newsletter, 147

Oviedo L, Herra-Miranda D, Pacheco-Polanco JD, Figgener C, Márquez-Artavia A, and Quirós-Pereira W, Miguel Iñiguez (2015). Diversidad de cetáceos en el paisaje marino costeros de Golfo Dulce, Península de Osa, Costa Rica, International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation (Revista de Biología Tropical), 63 (Suppl.1): 395-406

Pacheco-Polanco JD, Herra-Miranda D, Oviedo L, Quirós-Pereira W, and Figgener C (2015). Agregaciones de Alimentación del Tiburón Ballena Rhincodon typus, Smith 1828 (Orectolobiformes: Rhincodontidae) en la Cuenca Interna de Golfo Dulce, Península de Osa, Costa Rica, International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation (Revista de Biología Tropical), 63 (Suppl.1): 299-306

Márquez-Artavia A, Oviedo L, Herra-Miranda D, Pacheco-Polanco JD, Quirós-Pereira W, Silva-Hernandez MG, and Figgener C (submitted and accepted). The utilization distribution of humpback whales in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, Marine Biodiversity Records

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Pamela Plotkin

 

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