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
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.
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
Monique recently moved from South Africa to join the Namibian Dolphin Project team as the leading field officer, to ensure the continued collection of data and managing of the project. Monique recently completed her MSc with Sea Search Research and Conservation and the University of Pretoria and is currently part of the National Research Foundation (NRF) internship program.