The Namibian Dolphin Project | Team Profiles

Team Profiles

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

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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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Dorothy Fourie

Dorothy Fourie
Field Officer

Dorothy is the NDP’s field officer based in Walvis Bay for 2019-2020 – so she is our “person on the ground” and first point of contact for the project.  Her role is to keep the project running smoothly, and n between major field seasons attend meetings, coordinate sightings reports, attend strandings, keep the equipment and licenses up […]

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