The Namibian Dolphin Project | Team Profiles

Team Profiles

The Namibian Dolphin Project team currently consists of Simon Elwen, Tess Gridley, Heidi Etter and Ruth Leeney. We currently have several projects available suitable for Masters of PhD studies. We also take on interns through Oceans Research. Sign up and become a member of our team.

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Simon Elwen

Simon Elwen
Director & PI of photo ID and ecological studies

Simon is the Principal Investigator of the Namibian Dolphin Project and started the project in 2008 with Ruth Leeney. Simon runs most of the ecological work on the project including studies relating to abundance, distribution and conservation impacts.

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Tess Gridley

Tess Gridley
PI: Acoustics & NIMPA Surveys

Tess is our resident acoustician. She leads the work on bottlenose dolphin behavioural acoustics in Walvis Bay as well as the acoustic towed hydrophone array surveys which are part of the NIMPA surveys

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Ruth Leeney

Ruth Leeney
Co-founder & Static Acoustics

Ruth is a biologist and training provider, originally from the UK and Ireland but now living in Namibia running Benguela Research and Training. Ruth played a key role in setting up the NDP in 2008 and leads the aspects of our work relating to static acoustic monitoring (CPODs) and sustainable tourism.

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Barry McGovern

Barry McGovern
Research Assistant

Barry joined the NDP in April 2015 from Ireland. He has an MRes from St Andrew’s University and a BSc degree from Napier University in Edinburgh. Barry is currently running operations in Walvis Bay and collecting data to use in his PhD project from 2017 onwards

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