Degrees and Education
- 2009 University of Tübingen, Germany PhD Animal Physiology Excellent. The echolocation behaviour of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena)
- 1996 University of Tübingen, Germany Graduate Study (Diploma) Excellent. Foraging and echolocation behaviour of an Amazon River dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) in captivity.
- 1991 University of Münster, Germany. Basic Study Biology (Diploma) Excellent.
20 years’ experience studying and working within the marine mammal field. A wide range of practical, analytical and management skills developed through involvement with many European projects.
- Extensive experience in underwater acoustics and bioacoustics, including passive acoustic monitoring (using various devices), of marine mammals throughout northern European waters.
- Team leader of the Harbour porpoise research team at the German Oceanographic Museum, Stralsund, Germany.
- Scientific advisor to the “Standard Investigation of the impacts of offshore wind turbines on the marine environment” (StUK 3, StUK 4) for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency.
- Scientific contributor for international agreements on cetacean conservation (ASCOBANS, HELCOM, ICES)
- Organisation of several workshops and conferences, including an international symposium “Towards an environmentally sound offshore wind energy deployment” in January 2012.
- Nine years board member of the European Cetacean Society.