Currently 20 observers are directly associated with the company, full CV’s available.
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Observer 1
Nationality
: French
Education: M.Sc. in Marine Oceanography, PhD. in Animal Physiology
Languages: Danish, French, English
Key qualifications:
This observer is specialized in Oceanography and Marine Mammal Biology. She is a very experienced Marine Biologist having worked in this field for more than 20 years. She has done academic and applied research on Marine Mammals.

She has been a marine mammal observer (MMO) on numerous surveys and has excellent abilities in finding and identifying a wide range of Marine Mammals as well as understanding their behaviour. She has been leader and lecturer on numerous marine tours and surveys.

She has professional experience with marine mammal acoustics, entanglement reduction and she has organised and supervised numerous surveys.

Her fieldwork experience comprises years of ship based marine surveys in Temperate, Arctic and Subtropical waters during 20 years



Observer 2
Nationality
: Danish
Education: B.Sc. in Marine Biology
Languages: English, Danish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian
Key qualifications:
This observer has 22 years of experience in application of field and analytical methods for assessing marine and freshwater habitats for birds and mammals (pelagic and benthic) and the effects of human activities on these habitats. He has taken part in many ship based and aerial surveys to study marine mammals and seabirds and he is highly skilled in identifying and reporting marine mammals.

 

Method development includes GIS-based decision support systems in relation to assessment of wetland importance and sensitivity mapping. The experience record includes small- and large-scale marine and fresh-water protected areas, oil pollution control, sustainable commercial and artisinal fisheries, sustainable offshore wind farms and dredging activities and management of mangrove ecosystems.

 



Observer 3
Nationality
: British
Education: Research assistant
Languages: English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish, French
Key qualifications:
This observer is a very experienced Marine mammal researcher, he has had responsibility for conducting field operations, team co-ordination and implementation of field studies of marine mammals. He currently spends approximately 4-5 months a year at sea working on various marine mammal projects.

He is specialised in research of marine mammals, Photo Identification of whales and dolphins, as well as behavioural observation and Identification.

His experience from fieldwork includes marine surveys from ships in temperate and arctic waters as well as land based population studies from lookout points. He has been a Marine mammal observer and field researcher for over 13 years, with surveys conducted in most areas of the North east Atlantic, Barents sea, North sea and Norwegian sea as well as surveys off the North African coast.

He has extensive photo identification experience of various whale species using personal, modern high end digital photo equipment.

 

 



Observer 4
Nationality
: Danish
Education: PhD in Marine Mammal Science
Languages: English, Danish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Icelandic
Key qualifications:
This observer is an experienced marine biologist and scientist. Her main research interest is marine mammals. She started her career with marine mammals with her bachelor project. She did her bachelor project on the development of signature whistles by bottlenose dolphins. She did several other projects concerning marine mammals as an under graduate student. She wanted to do her master thesis on white-beaked dolphins and contacted a whale watching company in Iceland. She collected data for her Master thesis in the summers 1998 and 1999, while working as a guide on the whale watching company as well. Her Master thesis was about behaviour, distribution and acoustics on white-beaked dolphins. She started her Ph.D. studies in the spring 2001 and finished in November 2004. She did all her field work during the summers 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 in Iceland. She managed all the logistics as well, including shipping the equipment back and forth to Iceland, finding housing and buying a boat for the project.

She has worked as a whale observer on a research cruise from Iceland to Greenland. Lately she participated in the Danish research expedition: “Galthea3”. She was on the ship: “Vædderen” from Greenland to Australia, sailing through the Atlantic and across the Indian Ocean. Onboard she was responsible for the project “Sound in the ocean”.

She has also great experience in giving lectures both at University level and at International conferences as well as high school and primary school. She has written scientific papers as well as popular books on cetaceans.

 

 



Observer 5
Nationality: Danish
Education: M.Sc. in Marine Biology
Languages: Danish,English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Icelandic
Key qualifications:
Jan Durinck, the founder of ‘Marine Observers’, is an experienced marine scientist and project manager with responsibility for implementing projects regarding marine mammal and seabird research, environmental impact assessment in Denmark as well as overseas. He has extensive experience in project design, organisation and implementation.

He is specialised in research regarding seabirds, marine mammals, and management of natural resources. He is proficient with biodiversity databases/GIS and analysis of biological data. His research is founded in management of natural resources, monitoring of the environment, designation of protected areas, biological research, and population biology. He has mapped marine mammals and seabirds in the North Atlantic, Davis Strait, Baffin Bay, Greenland Sea, North Sea, Baltic Sea and the South China Sea.

Jan Durinck’s experience from fieldwork includes marine surveys from ships and aeroplane in temperate, arctic and tropical waters as well as terrestrial surveys in agricultural areas, temperate and tropical forests, African savannah and arctic areas during 23 years

He is experienced in planning of as well as lecturing at courses and seminars, publication of popular and scientific papers as well as information dissemination on the Internet. He has lectured from popular to university level.

 

 



Observer 6
Nationality
: Danish
Education: M.Sc. in Marine Mammal Science
Languages: English, Danish, Swedish, German, Norwegian, Italian, Spanish, French,
Key qualifications:
This observer is a marine mammal biologist with a wide range of research experience behind her. While her thesis research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was on marine mammal strandings and oceanographic correlations, her most recent professional experiences have mainly revolved around marine mammal acoustics.

Her projects include the development of prototype deterrent fishing net pingers intended to reduce incidental by catch of marine mammals in commercial fisheries, measurements of harbour porpoise hearing sensitivities in relation to anthropogenic sound sources and mapping the source levels of killer whale communication signals. In addition to her work in the field, she is also experienced in the planning, execution, subsequent data analysis of research projects as well as the writing/editing of reports and articles of the results.

She has also worked as a science communicator in a variety of settings including zoological environments and as a nature guide in the field. Assignments have included the production of teaching material and lecturing for students of all ages on marine biological subjects, the planning and execution of theme events, public necropsies of marine mammals, presentations and the authoring of popular literature on scuba diving and marine mammals.

She graduated with distinction from her M.Sc in Marine Mammal Science, University of Wales, UK, in 2005. This specialised degree covers all aspects in marine mammal biology, ecology and science from e.g. surveying methods, genetics to hydrodynamics.

 

 



Observer 7
Nationality
: Danish
Education: Cruise Manager
Languages: English, Danish, German, Swedish, Norwegian
Key qualifications:
This observer has acquired a big experience with observations of marine mammals during the last 12 years working as a guide and tour manager mainly on ship-based surveys. He has field experience with 49 species of whales and dolphins from all parts of the world. He is also a very experienced observer of marine birds with no less than 25 years of experience, mainly from ships, sometimes as assistant on scientific surveys. He is furthermore an accomplished photographer of marine mammals and birds having his photos used in field guides and other publications.

He has travelled in all continents including the Antarctic as well as the Arctic.

 

 



Observer 8
Nationality: Danish
Education: M.Sc. in Marine Mammal Science
Languages: English, Danish, French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Key qualifications:
This observer is through her education and professional experience specialised in marine mammal science. Her M.Sc. thesis was focused on marine mammal vocalisation, with a special study on Humpback whale song from the Tongan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. She is very skilled with marine acoustic techniques and has been responsible for sampling of marine acoustics on marine research expeditions such as HARC and Galathea. She has extensive experience as a ship-based whale observer in the Atlantic including Arctic and African waters as well as the Pacific Ocean. Since 2004 she has also worked on the study of brains of whales and other mammals.

 

 



Observer 9
Nationality: Danish
Education: M.Sc. Marine Biology
Languages: English, Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Key qualifications:
This observer is a very experienced expedition leader and tour guide. He has guided more than 500 whale watching tours in the North Atlantic and many elsewhere. He has been a marine mammal observers in the Antarctic, the Falklands and South Georgia, North Sea, North Atlantic, Barents Sea and the Greenland Sea. He has formed part of scientific teams on numerous scientific marine expeditions. Through his experience he has acquired a huge experience in identification and description of marine mammals.

He has experience with sampling of biopsies from whales, photo-identification of whales and necropsies of stranded specimens.

 

 



Observer 10
Nationality: Danish
Education: IT Manager
Languages: Danish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Key qualifications:
This observer is a very skilled field worker having worked extensively in North Atlantic and Arctic waters. He has participated in several international teams, including seismic surveys, as marine mammal observer and has good skills in identifying and reporting on marine mammals. He has increased his experience with marine mammals during many years as a tour guide to various places in the world. He has more than 20 years of experience as an ornithologist. He is very well travelled and has acquired experience with marine mammals and birds over much of Europe and Asia.

He has many years of experience in information dissemination through books, popular articles, seminars. He is a photographer of professional quality.

 

 



Observer 11
Nationality: Danish
Education: M.Sc. in marine biology
Languages: Danish, English, Norwegian, German, Swedish
Key qualifications:
This observer is a newly graduated biologist with experience in behavioural monitoring and observations of marine mammals and birds in addition to experience with audio recordings of marine mammals. She has taken part i five studies of marine mammals

 

 


 


Observer 12
Nationality: Dutch
Education: M.Sc. in Marine Biology
Languages: English, Dutch, German
Key qualifications:
This observer has an M.Sc. in biology with specialisations in sea- and shorebird ecology and distribution patterns. His particular expertise is in feeding ecology and distribution studies on seabirds and marine mammals in the North Sea.

At present he is working on small and large projects on impacts of human activities on the North Sea and Wadden Sea environment. The study subjects range from mechanical cockle harvesting (Wadden Sea), to shell fisheries in the North Sea, to effects of foreshore coastal nourishment, to effects of noise on porpoises, to effects of oil spills on seabirds, to T-zero studies in North Sea gas exploration and wind farm locations, to the identification of potential Natura 2000 sites at sea, to diet studies of fish and shellfish eating seabirds, cetaceans and seals, and to estimating bycatch percentages among stranded porpoises. Based on knowledge of ecological aspects of birds and their prey, he is engaged in ecosystem evaluations for the Dutch government and advisory projects on the future implementation of the EU Birds and Habitat Directive, on the Dutch Continental Shelf of the North Sea.

He has been a biologist at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, working on shorebird feeding ecology. He has taken part in scientific expeditions in offshore (Oceanic) areas off Mauritania, in the Baltic, in the Bay of Biscay and Celtic Sea, throughout the North and Wadden Seas, and in Antarctica.

He has (co-)authored over 100 scientific papers and research reports (mainly in English and Dutch) and has joined -and in may cases led, seagoing surveys aimed at studying cetaceans, seabirds and benthic prey of sea ducks.

 



Observer 13
Nationality: American
Education: Ba. Major in environmental studies
Languages: English 
Key qualifications:
This is a very experienced marine mammal observer with experience from the Atlantic as well as the Pacific Ocean.

 

He has worked with marine mammals since 1994 and has extensive experience as an MMO including 5 seismic surveys from tropic to arctic waters. He has been the lead MMO on several surveys.

His certifications include: Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Training, NSTC (North Slope Training Cooperative) Certification, MMO training under the MMS, scuba diver master.

 


 

Observer 14
Nationality: Dutch
Education: M.Sc. Marine Biology
Languages: Dutch, English, German, French
Key qualifications:
She is an experienced scientist as well as a very experienced marine mammal observer. She has led or taken part in 13 ship-based marine mammal surveys as well as other studies for marine mammals since 1994.

She has worked in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, Antarctica, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, Australia and in arctic waters including the Labrador Sea. She is able to identify a wide range of marine mammals.

Her experience includes a number of whale photo recognition studies as well.

 


 

Observer 15
Nationality: British
Education: M.Sc. Marine Biology
Languages: English
Key qualifications:
This observer is a Trainee Surveyor / Marine Mammal Observer. He has attended the JNCC MMO course and is certified in accordance to JNCC Guidelines. He is skilled in marine scientific studies and he has worked in the Atlantic and the Pacific.

 


 

Observer 16
Nationality: Danish
Education: M.Sc. Biology
Languages: Danish, English, Spanish, German
Key qualifications:
This is observer has worked with marine mammals since 1990 and he is very experienced with marine mammals. He has taken part in five surveys for marine mammals in the North sea and the North Atlantic and he has done other marine studies as well.

He has been part of scientific surveys for large and small marine mammals. He has been a guide for "whale tourists" for four years in Northern Norway. He has further worked for three years with photo identification of Sperm Whales in Northern Norway.

 


 

Observer 17
Nationality: British
Education: LLB Law Degree
Languages: Danish, English, French
Key qualifications:
This observer has currently studying zoology at university level. She has made marine mammal observations her career of choice.

Her experience includes seismic surveys in the Mediterranean and the North and South Atlantic.

She has taken a course in Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) and has completed JNCC MMO course and protected species observer course.

 


 

 

Observer 18
Nationality: Danish
Education: Nature guide and ornithologist

Languages: Danish, English, German
Key qualifications:
This observer has worked on marine mammal and bird studies since 1989. He has taken part in several offshore surveys in the Atlantic including two seismic surveys around Greenland in the Greenland Sea, Baffin Bay and Davis Strait.

 


 

Observer 19
Nationality: Lithuanian
Education: Biologist, PHD in Ecology and Environmental Science
Languages: Lithuanian, English, Russian  
Key qualifications:
This observer is an experienced marine bird scientist and observer. He has worked in Lithuania, Sweden, Canada and the USA.

He has worked as researcher on many projects related to marine birds and marine biology in general.

 


 

Observer 20
Nationality: American
Education: B.Sc. Zoology
Languages: English
Key qualifications:
This observer is an experienced marine mammal observer. He has worked on seven seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean.