The Namibian Dolphin Project is a research and conservation project working in Walvis Bay and Luderitz, Namibia. The goals of the project are to gather data on the abundance, distribution and habitat use whales and dolphins in Namibia. The project is being run by Simon Elwen, Tess Gridley, Heidi Etter and Ruth Leeney. This project is working with Oceans Research and is funded by grants from several organisations. We work closely with the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and are hosted within Namibia by the Namibia Nature Foundation
The Namibian Dolphin Project team is lead by PIs Dr Simon Elwen and Dr Tess Gridley. The field office in Walvis Bay is currently being run by Monique Laubscher and Erin Church. We usually take on additional long-term volunteers to help run the station and research year round. We always have data and projects in mind - but we rarely have bursary money for students. If you're interested in being a long-term volunteer with the project or perhaps working on some of the datasets we hold - please get in touch
Meet the students who are and have worked on Namibian Dolphin Project data
Previous members who have played an important role in running the NDP
The Namibian Dolphin Project only takes on interns in during the winter field season. During 2012 we will be taking on 6 interns for July and August for our normal field season in Walvis Bay. During May and June we are looking for 3 highly qualified interns with a real interest in a career in marine mammal research to be involved in offshore surveys based out of Luderitz.
The Namibian Dolphin Project works closely with colleagues based both in Namibia and internationally.
The Namibian Dolphin Project is a non-profit, research and conservation organization run by several independent scientists and educators. Our mission is primarily to research Namibia’s cetaceans to generate data on these populations that can be used for their conservation through management. Additionally we are increasingly working with the community through our outreach programme to increase awareness of the Namibia’s marine life. As lovers of nature, we are concerned with the increasing number of human impacts that are threatening the Namibian environment, as scientists, we hope we can do something about it.