Researchers

Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen

Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen is a senior scientist at Pinngortitaleriffik and has been working with marine mammals in Greenland since 1982, with a scientific publication list in peer reviewed journals of more than 180 papers. Mads Peter holds a doctor degree in biology obtained in 1996 and is since 2013 an adjunct professor at the University of Copenhagen. He works with ecology of whales and is especially known for his expertise in development and best practise on deploying whales with satellite transmitters during the past 3 decades. Besides teaching and supervising students, he is a scientific member at North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO), Joint commission on narwhal and beluga (JCNB) and International Whaling Commission (IWC).

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Outi Tervo

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Outi Tervo has worked with whales in Greenland since 2003. She did her PhD thesis on the acoustic behaviour on bowhead whales in Disko Bay, West Greenland, where she has also lived for several years. She is interested in the behavioural ecology of marine mammals and has in her reseach focused on acoustic behaviour. She is especially interested in the evolution of acoustic signals, the usage of them and the potential effects of disturbance on the behaviour of the animals.

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Eva Garde

Eva Garde, PhD, is a Danish biologist specialized in Arctic marine mammals. Her main focus has been on age estimation and life history of narwhals in Greenland but her areas of interest and expertise are broad within the fields of Arctic marine mammal biology and ecology, conservation and management. Eva has for a period worked as an Arctic biologist in the WWF World Wildlife Fund in Copenhagen, where she has dealt with Arctic nature and wildlife issues and at multiple occasions she has participated as an expert in the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO) Scientific Working Group.

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Mikkel Villum Jensen

Mikkel is an industrial designer from the Danish School of Design. Mikkel has worked in collaboration with Pinngortitaleriffik for several years in designing and improving the satellite tagging devices used to tag marine mammals all over the world. For example has Mikkel been incorporating satellite transmitters into the traditional Inuit handheld hunting spears.

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Rikke Guldborg Hansen

Rikke Guldborg Hansen has worked as a marine mammal scientist at Pinngortitaleriffik for the past 10 years. Her main field of expertise is marine mammal ecology in the Arctic where she studies adaptation of whales to climatic and anthropogenic changing conditions. Her work include studies that enhance our understanding of biological populations by modelling their distribution and abundance in space and time.

Rikke is a member of the Scientific Committee of the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO), the chair of the Scientific Working Group of the Joint Commission on Narwhal and Beluga (JCNB) and a board member at the Danish Marine Mammal Society.

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