Bowhead whale acoustic project staff 2011

Outi Tervo

Role in the project: Project coordinator. My responsibilities include the collection of the acoustic recordings, data analysis and publication of the data. This year I will also be a supervisor for Louise together with Mads, Camilla and Prof. Reinhardt Møbjerg Kristensen.

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. I am also a supervisor of Louise in her project.

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.

Louise Jensen

Role in the project: To organise the ID-photographs from 2010 and 2011 in a photo-ID catalogue. Additionally I am going to take photo-ID pictures of the bowhead whales.

Why do I have this role? This is my bachelor project.

First time in Greenland? Yes, this is my first stay in Greenland.


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.

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. I am also a supervisor of Louise for her bachelor project where my role is to advise her on the ID-picture technique, data management and analysis.

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? No, this is my second time in Greenland and Qeqertarsuaq!


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