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Previous Team Members

Previous members who have played an important role in running the NDP

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Ruth Leeney

Ruth Leeney
Co-founder & Static Acoustics

Ruth is a biologist and training provider, originally from Ireland, Ruth played a key role in setting up the NDP in 2008 and leads the aspects of our work relating to static acoustic monitoring (CPODs) and sustainable tourism.

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Barry McGovern

Barry McGovern
Field Officer 2015-2017

Barry joined the NDP in April 2015 from Ireland. He has an MRes from St Andrew’s University and a BSc degree from Napier University in Edinburgh. Barry ran operations in Walvis Bay until early 2017 and is using the skills he learnt in Namibia to pursue a PhD in Queensland.

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Jelly Gelletich

Jelly Gelletich
Field Officer 2017-2018

Jelly lead the Namibian Dolphin Project field team as the lead technician and field officer during 2017 and 2018. Hi role included overseeing all data collection, including skippering our research vessel, Nanuuq, attending strandings and managing sightings reported by the public.

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Erin Church

Erin Church
Field assisstant, April - June 2018

Originally from Pretoria, Erin completed her MSc on the movement patterns of Southern elephant seals with the University of Pretoria and is currently doing an internship with the NRF and Sea Search Research and Conservation. Erin temporarily moved to Walvis Bay to assist with data collection from April-June 2018, and will be completing the rest of her internship in Cape Town with Dr Tess Gridley, looking at humpback whale acoustics.

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Darren du Plessis

Darren du Plessis
Field assisstant - current

Darren is originally from Cape Town and has recently completed his MSc at the University of Cape Town. He joined the project in July 2018 where he is helping out with data collection as well as analyzing some of the bottlenose dolphin sounds recorded using moored sound-traps in the lagoon. He is part of the NRF internship program and will be continuing the duration of his internship at Sea Search.

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