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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. 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:

Graduate Student Travel Award - George Bush Presidential Library Foundation

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

International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) – Travel Award

Leatherback Trust – Travel Grant

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

Research Interests: 
Reproductive biology in sea turtles; mate choice and sexual selection in sea turtles; conservation biology; animal communication; behavioural ecology;
Research and Professional Experience:
  • Research Associate
Golfo Dulce Whale and Dolphin Project (CEIC), Osa, Costa Rica (2011–Present)
  • Project Leader
International Student Volunteers Inc , Heredia, Costa Rica (2011–Present)
  • On-Site Director/ Lead Biologist
Leatherback and Pacific Green Sea Turtle Project Ostional, Costa Rica (2010-2014)
  • Consultant for Sea Turtle Conservation and Sustainable Development
Tropica Verde e.V., Germany (2010–Present)
  • Founder and Instructor of accredited Conservation Biology-Marine Emphasis Course
Costa Rica (2010–Present)
  • Field Biologist
Earthwatch Leatherback Sea Turtle Project Playa Grande, Costa Rica (October 2009–February2010)
  • Field Coordinator/ Project Manager
WIDECAST Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Project Gandoca, Costa Rica (February-August 2009 & 2010)
  • Master’s Research
WIDECAST Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Project Gandoca, Costa Rica (February-September 2008)
  • Research Assistant
ANAI Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Project Gandoca, Costa Rica (February-May 2007)
Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany (April-July 2005)
  • Field Course Tropical Marine Ecology
Mangrove Bay, Al Quesir, Egypt (September-October 2005)
  • Environmental Education Counselor
Clemmie Gill School for Science and Conservation, Springville, USA (May 2001)
  • Intern
Dolphinarium Münster GmbH, Allwetterzoo Münster, Germany (1998-2001)

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Figgener C, Chacón D, Jensen M and Feldhaar H (submitted), Paternity analysis reveals polyandry in a recovering population of Caribbean leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), and novel evidence for inter-nesting mating, Conservation Genetics
  • 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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