Bowhead whale acoustic project STAFF 2010

Outi Tervo

Role in the project: Project coordinator. My responsibilities include the collection of the acoustic recordings, data analysis and publication of the data.

Why do I have this role? This is my PhD project so I have to. I have collected acoustic recordings from bowheads here in Disko Bay since 2003.

First time in Greenland? No, I have lived here in Qeqertarsuaq since 2005.






Mads Fage Christoffersen

Role in the project: Helping Outi in designing data collection. I am responsible of the acoustic recordings and collection of biopsies. In addition, I take care of safety in the field as well as building and maintaining the equipment.

Why do I have this role? I have worked with bioacoustics for the past 15 years, mainly with sperm whales and killer whales. I have experience in sailing, building hydrophones, boats and engines.

First time in Greenland? No, I have lived in Qeqertarsuaq since 2008.


Camilla Ilmoni

Role in the project: I am here to help Outi with her Phd project, and my main responsibility is to take photo-ID pictures of the bowhead whales and to create a photo-ID catalogue. I also assist in biopsy collection and laboratory work. My other tasks are to create maps for publication (whale sighting positions and movement tracks), photograph and document Outi’s field work, and to maintain this blog.


Why do I have this role? I have previous experience from sperm whale photo-ID projects and I have also worked a lot with GIS  modelling in earlier projects.

First time in Greenland? Yes, this is my first time in Greenland and I like it very much here in Qeqertarsuaq!


Aningaaq Dahl

Role in the project: I’m the driver of one of the research boats and in addition I collect biopsies.

Why do I have this role? Since I was 13 I  have been interested in hunting and therefore I have been out sailing a lot and I know the waters off Disko Island.

First time in Greenland? No, I was born in Greenland and live in Qeqertarsuaq.




Jonas Thormar

Role in the project:  My main responsibility is to obtain underwater video and still images of bowhead whales for Outi’s PhD project, and assist with ID photos and acoustics when necessary.

Why do I have this role? I have previous experience in cold water diving and freediving combined with underwater video and photo, as well as holding a MSc in Marine Biology.

First time in Greenland? No, I have stayed at the Arctic Station twice, in the summers of 2004 and 2006, and am very happy for the opportunity to be here again, and at another time of the season.







Martin Macnaughton

Role in project: Underwater cameraman and helping Outi in the field. We have to sneak up on the whales in the water and get underwater still images and video footage of the bowheads natural behaviour.

Why do I have this role? During my biology studies I gained experience with arctic fieldwork, underwater photography, occupational diving and freediving. Jonas and I work well as a team, and we are both trained rescuedivers.

First time in Greenland? No, third time. I have had a fieldcourse in Qeqertarsuaq before, and with my boss deploying fin whale bones for experiments in the waters outside Nuuk.

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