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Whale Scientists Story: Leanne Rosser

Leanne Rosser is a 30-year-old British marine mammalogist currently studying the behavior of Pacific white-sided dolphins in Japan. Here is her story. From music to English literature I had a slightly longer journey than most. Throughout the majority of high school, I wanted to become a classical pianist. Music was my first love before dolphins …

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Whale Scientists Story: Jeroen Hoekendijk

Jeroen Hoekendijk

Jeroen Hoekendijk is a 33 years-old Dutch marine mammalogist currently working on his PhD on marine wildlife detection using aerial and satellite imagery. Here is his story. It all started with an orca encounter in Canada I’ve always been fascinated by the sea, the oceans, and everything inside it, but I never considered making a …

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Whale Scientists Story: Rebecca Boys

Rebecca Boys

Rebecca Boys is a 28 years-old British marine mammalogist working on her PhD in New Zealand. For her PhD, she studies how we can apply welfare science to cetacean stranding events. Here is her story. Rebecca’s Education I attended Bangor University, UK for my undergraduate degree. This degree program was great as it was applied, …

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Whale Scientists Story: Fadia Al Abbar

Fadia Al Abbar is a 31 years-old half Dutch half Kuwaiti marine mammalogist. She is currently doing her PhD on common dolphins in the Azores. Here is her story… Fadia’s education A focus on policy making I started my bachelor’s degree in environmental science, with a focus on policymaking at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. …

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Whale Scientists Story: Marianna Pinzone

Marianna Pinzone

Marianna Pinzone is a 31 years-old Italian marine mammalogist. She is currently doing her PhD at the University of Liège in Belgium. Here is her story… Marianna’s Education I completed my Bsc. in Biological Sciences in 3 yrs at the University of Rome in Italy. After this, I went into my master program and got …

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Whale Scientists Story: Danielle Conry

Danielle Conry

Marine mammalogist Danielle is a 31 years-old South African working on killer whales for the Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme (MIMMP). Her journey has involved many exciting opportunities that has led her to where she is now. She discusses how COVID-19 has halted some of her plans, but has not deterred her in the slightest. Danielle discusses with us her very unique killer whale necropsy and how she found love in the process…

Whale Scientists Story: Alexandre Bernier-Graveline

Alexandre Bernier-Graveline is a 25-year-old Canadian whale scientist. He comes from the Québec province. He holds a Msc. from UQAM (the University of Quebec in Montreal). His master research focuses on ecotoxicology in beluga whales from the Saint Lawrence Estuary. Alexandre’s education I first did a bachelor’s degree (3 years) in biological and ecological sciences …

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Whale Scientists Story: Madison Hahn

Madison Hahn is a 23 years old American marine mammalogist. She obtained her BSc in Ecology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Professional Science (MPS) in marine mammal science from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Here is her story … Internships and Research Dolphin Photo-ID My …

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Whale Scientists Story: Ronald Smit

Ronald Smit is a 26 years old marine biologist from the Netherlands. He holds a MSc in Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. We became friends with Ronald during our internship in Italy in 2016. Here is his story … Ronald’s Education I have always been fascinated by nature and …

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