A windswept atoll in the far reaches of the eastern Pacific, inhabited by 170,000 breeding pairs of Boobys and several million bright orange land crabs. Roger was invited to accompany the Jean Luois Etienne expedition to Clipperton in 2005. Five weeks spent on this isolated speck of land with some 25 scientists and workers from a range of disciplines were a revelation. Working from tent laboratories the entire range of fauna and flora were studied over a four month period.
The island lies four days by boat from Acapulco, Mexico, in the vast blue desert of the Pacific and has probably the lowest biodiversity of any point in this ocean.The atoll surrounds a lagoon, anaerobic and acidic in a deep central hole , slightly brackish at the surface with its own unique microbiological fauna. Isolation has largely preserved this unique ecosystem. Marine working conditions were difficult, high swell was a constant and underwater visibility was poor. The only access to open sea was through a tiny gap in the reef, navigable only on high tides, meaning working times were brief. Terrestrial conditions however were superb, a constant 27 degrees and steady trade winds, the only real problem being the constant rain of guano from the cacophonous hordes of seabirds.
Commissioned by Foundation Gaz de France Roger created a large underwater reef painting and a variety of studies of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna.