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In 1999, I graduated as a biologist at the University of Bremen in conjunction with the Humboldt-University of Berlin. For my diploma thesis I examined the behavior and bioacoustics of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) southwest of Tenerife, Canary Islands.

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My main research interests have focused on the evaluation of impacts of human activities on wild marine mammals such as whale watching (especially swim encounters with wild marine mammals) and anthropogenic noise disturbance. Next to this, I am interest in the acoustic behaviour of marine mammals.

…Here... you can find my scientific publications.


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My recent research has focused on call vocalizations of short-finned pilot whales, the study of underwater noise emissions of vessels and their potential masking effects on toothed whale vocal communication and hearing, and the investigation of behavioral interactions of free-ranging dolphins, whales and seals during close encounters with human swimmers and divers.


Field experience

2014
Behavior of grey seals during in-water encounters with human swimmers
Helgoland, Germany

2013
Behavior of grey and harbour seals during in-water encounters with human swimmers
Helgoland, Germany

2012
Ferry noise recording and implications for vessel-whale collisions
Behavior of several species during in-water encounters with human swimmers
(mainly short-finned pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins)
La Gomera, Canary Islands
(Permit No. 01/37121/Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente)

Behavior of seals
Helgoland, Germany

2001
Behavior and acoustics of short-finned pilot whales
Behavior of short-finned pilot whales during in-water encounters with human swimmers
Tenerife, Canary Islands
(Permit No. #181/Salida:37.221/Viceconsejeria de Medio Ambiente)

1999
Behavior and acoustics of short-finned pilot whales
Tenerife, Canary Islands
(Permit No. #04/07/ADL/JLR/120/404/Salida:1598/Viceconsejeria de Medio Ambiente)

1997
Behavior of a solitary bottlenose dolphin during in-water encounters with human swimmers
Nuweiba, Egypt

1996
Behavior and acoustics of short-finned pilot whales
Behavior of short-finned pilot whales during in-water encounters with human swimmers
Tenerife, Canary Islands
(Permit No. #04/07/TAB/JLR/Salida:853/Viceconsejeria de Medio Ambiente)

1995
Behavior of Amazon botos and Sotalias
Rio Ucayali, Peru

1994
Behavior and acoustics of short-finned pilot whales
Tenerife, Canary Islands

1993
Volunteer at Tethys Research Institute
Socio-ecology of bottlenose dolphins off Croatia

Behavior of a solitary bottlenose dolphin during in-water encounters with human swimmers
Nuweiba, Egypt

Semi-captive bottlenose dolphins
Dolphin Reef, Eilat, Israel