SOP TEAM

Technical team


Thomas GHESTEMMEProgram Manager
  • Conservation Projects manager : Fatu Hiva Monarch, Polynesian Ground-dove and Tuamotu Kingfisher
Caroline BLANVILLAINProgram Manager
  • Conservation Projects manager : Tahiti Monarch
  • Biosecurity measures in Rimatara and Ua Huka
  • Setting up of Sustainable Development and ecotourism projects
Tehani WITHERSProgram Manager
  • Biosecurity projects in Acteon and Gambier islands
  • Setting up of conservation projects in Marquesas and Rapa remote islands
Laurent YANField technician
  • Implementation and follow-up of conservation actions for the Tahiti Monarch
  • Field team supervisor in Tahiti
  • School projects and Plants nurseries manager
  • Purchasing and Logistics manager
Arthur MATOHIField technician
  • Implementation and follow-up of conservation actions for the Fatu Hiva Monarch
  • Field team supervisor in Fatu Hiva
Emile TAUAPAOHUTechnical Assistant - On the right of the photo
  • Assistance in the follow-up and implementation of conservation actions for the Fatu Hiva Monarch

Project Manager

Vaihiti TEANINIURAITEMOANA

Accounting and financial follow-up
Support for conservation programs
Communication actions

Reception and Secretariat

Maya TEHAU

Polyvalent Administrative Agent
Reception of the public, administrative and accounting follow-up, assistance to the technical team and SOP volunteers


Together with the technical team

Josquin MICHOUD-SCHMIDT

  • Monitoring and implementation of the conservation actions of the Tahiti Monarch
  • Framing hard-to-reach areas
Jean-François BUTAUD

  • Floristic inventories
  • Ecological restoration
  • Plants nursery projects

Student interns and volunteers

They work with us in 2018
Joan ROBSON
Master 1 “Sciences for the Environment” and Master 2 “Languages, Cultures and Societies in Oceania”
Intern in CVD (Corps des Volontaires au Développement)
Project assistant in support of the various programs to restore disturbed environments


Hannah KRIESELL (Free Volunteer)
PhD at Strasbourg University and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco on visual and acoustic communication in King Penguin
Field assistance (visits, cleaning, plantations, follow-up Little Fire Ant …)


STUDENT INTERNS

David LORFEVRE
Trainee L2  Biological sciences – University of French Polynesia
Mapping of the pK 17 area after treatment against the Little Fire Ant in the forest area (1 month and a half)


Laura CHIN CHOI
Trainee L2  Biological sciences – University of French Polynesia
Analysis of data obtained by cameras placed on the nesting sites of the Tuamotu Kingfisher (1 month)


EUROPEAN VOLONTARY SERVICE

Maria IGUAL BELTRAN (Spain)

Master “Engineering in Ecology and Biodiversity Management” – Montpellier University
Volunteer European Service (Erasmus +) 2018-2019 (8 months)
Follow-up of the Tuamotu Kingfisher, in collaboration with Vaitamae association
Participation in the Fatu Hiva Monarchs’ conservation program, for the monitoring of couples and juveniles


Melvin PIRARD (Belgium)

Bachelor in agronomy – Specialty Forest & Nature (Belgium)
Qualified environmental technician
Volunteer European Service (Erasmus+) 2017-2018 (12 months)
Tahiti striated Heron population census in Tahiti
Participation in the Fatu Hiva Monarchs’ habitat restoration program


Gianluca LAZZARI (Italy)

Master “Wildlife management” – Florence University (Italy)
Volunteer European Service (Erasmus+) 2017-2018 (12 months)
Tahiti Reed-warbler population census in Tahiti
Participation in the Tahiti Monarchs’ habitat restoration program


They worked with us in 2017

Vaitearai ARAPA
Territorial contract 12 months in 2017-2018
Field assistant for the safeguarding of the ecosystem of the Tahiti Monarch

Roberto (Tere) MARAETAATA
Territorial contract 12 months in 2017-2018
Field assistant for the safeguarding of the ecosystem of the Fatu Hiva Monarch

Raphaël GOUYET
Master 2 Ecological Expertise and Biodiversity Management – Aix-Marseille University
Spatio-temporal study of feral cats in Fatu Hiva (6 months)

Camille SOI LOUK
Trainee L2  Biological sciences – University of French Polynesia
Phenology of the little fire ants in Tahiti (1 month)

Timeri DARIUS
Trainee L2  Biological sciences – University of French Polynesia
The little fire ant’s impact on the entomofauna in Tahiti (1 month)

Alice BOUSSEYROUX
Master of Population Management (La Rochelle) – Civic Service Volunteer in 2017 (10 months)
Ecological study on Wasmannia auropunctata and evaluation of the impacts of this ant and its chemical fight on local biodiversity

Teiva MARAETEFAU
Civic Service Volunteer in 2017 (10 months)
Management of invasive species for the preservation of the Tahiti Monarch

Jerry (Natahu) MARAETAATA
Civic Service Volunteer in 2017 (10 months)
Management of invasive species for the preservation of the Fatu Hiva Monarch

Aldo (Tetua) MITITAI
Civic Service Volunteer in 2017 (10 months)
Management of invasive species for the preservation of the Fatu Hiva Monarch

Valter (Tevaonui) MARAETAATA
Civic Service Volunteer in 2017 (10 months)
Management of invasive species for the preservation of the Fatu Hiva Monarch


They worked with us