Jérôme Bourjea

Country: France / La Réunion

Occupation & employer: Researcher at IFREMER (Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER)

Specialty: Conservation biology and population genetics

Geographic area of expertise: Indian Ocean

Best part about my job: Field trips and the emotion of discovering information through data analysis.

The most unusual or exciting thing that’s happened to me while working in the field: Two stories will stay in my mind for the rest of my life. The first was when I was shooting some photos of green turtle hatchlings in the open sea of Réunion Island when two humpback whales arrived to look to my technique… The other one happened when I was doing rodeo on immature green turtles in the lagoon of Glorieuse Island: I was getting ready to jump on a turtle when a big, 3 meter, tiger shark appeared between me and the turtle…

Turtle researcher / conservationist I most admire: Jack Frazier and Stéphane Ciccione, because of their human approaches to sea turtle research. Thanks for all, guys!

When I’m not working on turtles, I like to: SURF and take care of my wife, family and friends.

Relevant links to find out more about me and my work: IFREMER Reunion Island Delegation Website.