Delphine Rocklin

Postdoctoral fellow

Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL, A1B 3X9
“Too Big To Ignore” project
Tel: (709) 864-8019
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Website: https://delphinerocklinphd.wordpress





Research Area

My research focuses on the conservation of marine resources and biodiversity. My background covers three main topics: 1) the quantification of overlooked and badly known fisheries (artisanal, recreational and subsistence), 2) the benefits of marine protected areas for the marine biodiversity and local fisheries and 3) the description and evaluation of marine populations connectivity patterns and their importance for a better resource management. I worked in various environments, such as the Mediterranean Sea (France and Spain), the North-east Atlantic and the North Sea, but also in tropical environments while working in the West Indies (Guadeloupe) and South Pacific (New-Caledonia). After spending two years in south of Spain (University of Murcia) with a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship (MaPACo project, FP7 – 2011 – People) and in north of France (University of Littoral-Côte d'Opale) to assess fish connectivity through larval dispersal, I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow of the Too Big to Ignore project, where I will be responsible of the knowledge integration and synthesis of the collected information through the ISSF (Information System on Small-Scale Fisheries) platform.


Postdoc (2015) North sea herring larval connectivity and recruitment (University of Littoral-Côte d'Opale, France)

Postdoc (2012-2014) Fish larval connectivity for resource management (University of Murcia, Spain)

Postdoc (2011) French seabass recreational fishery quantification (University of Western Brittany, France)

Postdoc (2010) Test and evaluation of marine biodiversity indicators (IFREMER Brest, France)

PhD (2010) Models and indicators for evaluating marine protected areas performance (University of Montpellier & IFREMER Brest, France)

M. Sc. (2006) Fisheries science (Agrocampus – ENSAR Rennes, France & IRD Nouméa, New-Caledonia)

M. Sc. (2004) Tropical Environment and Biodiversity (University of French West Indies, Guadeloupe, Caribbean)

B. Sc. (2002) Biology (University of La Rochelle, France)

Research interests

- Quantification of overlooked fisheries

- Fish larval connectivity

- Marine biodiversity indicators

- Marine protected areas performance


Rocklin D., Levrel H., Drogou M., Herfaut J. & Véron G (2014). Combining telephone surveys and fishing catches self-report: The French sea bass recreational fishery assessment. PLoS ONE 9(1): e87271.

Léopold M., Guillemot N., Rocklin D., Chen C. (2014). A framework for mapping small-scale coastal fisheries using fishers’ knowledge. ICES JMS 71(7): 1781-1792.

Ferter K., Weltersbach M.S., Strehlow H.V., et al. (2013). Unexpectedly high catch-and-release rates in European marine recreational fisheries: implications for science and management. ICES JMS 70(7): 1319-1329.

Caló A., Félix-Hackradt F.C., Garcia J., Hackradt C.W., Rocklin D., Treviño-Otón J. & García-Charton J.A. (2013) A review of methods to assess connectivity and mobility of fish populations in the Mediterranean Sea. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology (4): 150-175.

Rocklin D., Tomasini J-A., Culioli J-M., Pelletier D. et Mouillot D. (2011). Spearfishing regulation benefits artisanal fisheries: the ReGS indicator and its application to a multiple-use Mediterranean Marine Protected Area. PLoSOne, 6(9): e23820.

Rocklin D. (2010) Models and indicators for estimating Marine Protected Areas performance for biodiversity and artisanal small-scale fishing. PhD thesis, University of Montpellier, France, 304 p.

Albouy C., Mouillot D., Rocklin D., Culioli J-M., Le Loc’h F. (2010). Simulation of the combined effects of artisanal and recreational fisheries on a Mediterranean MPA ecosystem using a trophic model. MEPS 412: 207-221.

Rocklin D., Santoni M-C., Culioli J-M., Tomasini J-A., Pelletier D. et Mouillot D. (2009). Changes in the catch composition of artisanal fisheries attributable to dolphin depredation in a Mediterranean marine reserve. ICES JMS(66): 699-707.

Rocklin D. (2006) Quantification and typology of the mangrove crab subsistence fishery in New-Caledonia tribes. M. Sc. Thesis, ENSAR – Agrocampus, Rennes, France, 66p.

Rocklin D. (2004) Spatio-temporal evolution of taxonomic and functional diversity of fish communities in a French West Indies Marine Reserve. M. Sc. Thesis, University of French West Indies, Guadeloupe, 66p.

Selected presentations

Rocklin D., Muntoni M., Muñoz I. et al. (2015) Multi-disciplinary approaches to study marine connectivity: Recent experiences in the Western Mediterranean Basin. ICCB (Montpellier, France). Invited speaker

Rocklin D., Leopold M., Mouillot D., Tomasini JA., Pelletier D., Levrel H. & Garcia Charton JA. (2014) On the necessity of very small-scale studies for fisheries evaluation. MARES (Olhao, Portugal). Digital Object

Rocklin D., Muntoni M., Muñoz I, Beuvier J. & García Charton J.A. (2014) Evaluating fish population connectivity combining larval dispersal models and genetics for MPAs network design. IMCC3 (Glasgow, UK). Talk

Rocklin D., Muntoni M., Beuvier J. & García-Charton J.A. (2014). Models and sensitivity : How reliable are they? Hjort symposium (Bergen, Norway). Poster

Rocklin D., Beuvier J., & García-Charton J.A. (2013). Modelling the larval dispersal from a Mediterranean marine protected area. IMPAC3 – International Marine Protected Areas Congress (Marseille, France). Poster

Rocklin D., Levrel H., Drogou M., Herfaut J & Véron G. (2013). Evaluating the French sea bass recreational catches using a panel of volunteers. ICES Annual Conference (Reykjavik, Iceland). Talk

Rocklin D., Pelletier D., Curd A., Levrel H. (2011) The Marine Trophic Index as a biodiversity indicator: strengths and weaknesses. WCMB (Aberdeen, UK). Talk

Rocklin D., Tomasini J-A., Culioli J-M., Pelletier D., Mouillot D. (2011) Spatially planning MPAs: the effectiveness of partially protected areas. IMCC (Victoria, Canada). Talk

Léopold M., Guillemot N., Jollit I., Rocklin D. (2009). Spatialized indicators of fishing pressure developed using interviews from coastal artisanal fishers in New-Caledonia. Forum AFH (Brest, France). Talk

Rocklin D., Mouillot D., Culioli J-M., Pelletier D. (2009). Optimizing lobsters management in a Mediterranean Marine Managed Area by simulating scenarios. IMCC (Washington DC, USA). Talk

Rocklin D., Tomasini J-A., Culioli J-M., Pelletier D., Mouillot D. (2008). Closure of recreational activities in a marine protected area benefits to artisanal fisheries. MARBEF (Valencia, Spain). Talk





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