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MSc Research:

Sara Golaski – 2013-204 – University of Pretoria

Project: Acoustic behaviour of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Walvis Bay, Namibia: Influence of tourism boats, surface behaviour and calf presence on whistles



MSc Coursework projects:


Pauline Glotin – 2016 – University of Pierre & Marie Curie, France

Project title: Occurrence and distribution of cetaceans in coastal and offshore Namibia  ***PUBLISHED in Marine Ecology Progress Series 2019 ***


Anja Badenas-Krakauer – 2016 – Erasmus Mundus University

Project: Factors Influencing the Vocal Production of Common Bottlenose Dolphins of Walvis Bay, Namibia


Julia Heiler – 2015 – Erasmus Mundus University Acoustic behaviour of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Walvis Bay, Namibia: Influence of tourism boats, surface behaviour and calf presence on whistles   *** PUBLISHED in Animal Behaviour 2016***


Ettienne Pouplard – 2015 – European Institute forMarine Studies (France)

Project:  The social Structure of Namibian bottlenose dolphins


Gemma Rashley – 2014 – University of Cape Town

Project: Investigating the potential of using signature whistles in mark-recapture framework


Hannah Kriesell – 2013 – Georg-August University

Project: Use of signature whistles by free-ranging bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Namibia ***PUBLISHED in PLOS ONE 2014 ***


Xela Indurkhya – 2012 – University of Osnabruck

Project: The impact of tourism vessels on the behaviour of bottlenose dolphins in Walvis Bay, Namibia


Emma Lockley – 2012 – University of York

Project: Using long-term data from C-POD click detectors to investigate long term patterns in Heaviside’s dolphin habitat use. Supervised by Dr Ruth Leeney


BSc Hons / Fourth Year Projects


Agnes Torres–Ramis  – 2017 – University of Central Catalunya

Project: The effects of tour boats on the behavior of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Walvis Bay, Namibia


Emma Longden – 2017 – University of Plymouth

Project: Investigating signature-whistle mark-recapture using static acoustic monitoring


Darren Da Silva – 2017 – University of Leeds, UK

Project: Investigating extreme shallow water habitat use in common bottlenose dolphins


Anni Jylha-Vuorio – 2017 – University of Stirling, UK

Project: Spatial distribution patterns of bottlenose dolphin behaviour in Walvis Bay, Namibia


Tracey “UK” Mundunga – 2016 – University of Namibia

Project:  Detections of Heaviside’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) and dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) within the Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area using combined visual and acoustic survey methods.


Rachel Probert – 2016 – University of KwaZulu Natal

Project: Population dynamics of Heaviside’s Dolphins (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) in Walvis Bay, Namibia


Jeffrey Slater – 2015 – Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Project: An analysis of visual and acoustic survey techniques to determine the population distribution of Heaviside’s dolphins in the Namibian Island Marine Protected Area


Titus Shaanika – 2014 – University of Namibia

Project:  Investigating boat avoidance in Heaviside’s dolphins in Walvis Bay and Lüderitz using Mark-recapture data.

Titus went on to an MSc at Nelson Mandela University and is now working for the NNF and Bird Life Namibia


Justina Shihepo – 2010 – University of Namibia

Project: Seasonal trends in bottlenbose dolphin abundance in Walvis bay, Namibia


Theo Meyer – 2009 – University of Pretoria

Project: Identifying critical habitat of bottlenose dolphins in Walvis Bay, Namibia


Joaquina Eduardo – 2008 – University of Namibia

Project: Abundance of bottlenose dolphins in Walvis bay, Namibia