The Namibian Dolphin Project | Hannah Kriesell

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Hannah Kriesell, Georg-August University (DE) & Lincoln University (NZ)

Hannah will be describing the whistle characteristics of bottlenose dolphins and investigating the use of signature whistles

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Biography

I have always had a great interest in nature and science and I started travelling to remote areas at an early age, exploring the diversity and beauty of our planet on the one hand, but experiencing pollution, habitat destruction and partly outrageous anthropogenic effects, especially on the marine environment, on the other hand. I wanted to be able to take action professionally which led to my decision to do a M.Sc. in nature conservation. Within this programme I focused on the biology and protection of marine mammals, which are being threatened directly and indirectly by all sorts of human activities. Hence, I am very happy to be able to do my master thesis with the Namibian Dolphin Project. I will be focusing on the whistles produced by Bottlenose dolphins and potential effects of boat noise on dolphin communication.

Professional History

Until October 2013: M.Sc. “International Nature Conservation” at Georg-August-University, Germany and Lincoln University, New Zealand.

2012: Research intern: South West Marine Research Program, Australia

2012: Research intern: Cook Strait Whale Survey, New Zealand

2008-2011: B.Sc. Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany. With distinction: “Parabiotic association between ant species of the genus Camponotus and Crematogaster: mutualism or parasitism?”

2010: Research intern in Gombak, Malaysia, working for the behavioural ecology research group at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany

2007-2008: Volunteer in various projects (e.g. EHRA (Elephant Human Relations Aid), Namibia; Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa; Wildlife Rescue Center “Hazienda Mazán”, Ecuador)