MEET THE TEAM

Collecting material in the field, processing data in the office, investigating dead stranded cetaceans, holding presentations to the general public, writing scientific articles, attending conferences, raising funding, maintaining research equipment, searching for whales, finding new citizen-scientists, answering emails are only a few of the essential tasks to running the project.

Team work is the key!

Norwegian Orca Survey is a small team but benefits from multiple international collaborations with scientists from various institutions. Under-graduate and graduate students have also facilitated data processing and analysis on several projects.

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Oceans and killer whales have been a passion ever since Eve was a child. After completing her Master's studies in marine ecology, she started working as a killer whale trainer in Marineland, France. Working daily alongside these smart and beautiful animals further gave her a strong vocation for killer whale research and conservation. After diverse professional experiences in killer whale research and as a whale watching guide in France, USA, Canada and Norway, Eve decided to design her own research project and funded Norwegian Orca Survey. Her ongoing studies will constitute a PhD dissertation.

Founder, Main investigator & PhD candidate

Eve Jourdain

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Richard is a native northern Norwegian, born and raised in Andenes. Whales have always been part of his life and a growing interest for killer whales arose when he first started driving whale watching tours in 2010. After several years of driving boats in rough Arctic conditions, Richard has become some of the best skippers for leading whale research surveys. Richard has also made flying drones above whales and biopsy sampling his speciality. 

Co-founder, Field assistant & Drone pilot

Richard Karoliussen

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Dag started studying Norwegian killer whales in 1987, and through the 1990s he acquired an ID catalogue, initially centered on the mid-coast of Norway, of close to 600 whales. Since 1997 he has had a permanent full position at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, where he has wide responsibilities within research and management of Arctic marine mammals and habitats. His main focus for the last 15 years has been polar bears. He has been chair and co-chair of the IUCN/Polar Bear Specialist Group since 2010, and he has been working on a PhD on polar bears since 2015. He has authored peer-reviewed papers on a variety of subjects. His passion for killer whales has been revitalized by the work done by Norwegian Orca Survey and his ID data is now a part of their database.

Advisor

Dag Vongraven

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With an interest in cetaceans from an early age, and many years of experience in whale and dolphin conservation, Clare joined the Norwegian Orca Survey team in summer 2016 to assist with the ongoing photo ID work. Clare has studied biology at the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway. She undertook her masters in environmental toxicology, focusing on the accumulation of toxins in killer whales, in collaboration with Norwegian Orca Survey. Clare currently continues her work on ecotoxicology of Norwegian whales. Clare's vocation is about protecting these incredible species, and the beautiful environment in which they live.

Research assistant

Clare Mc Enally

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Tiffany is passionate about research and she is particularly interested in how marine mammals are responding to changes in the environment. Her first encounter with whales was in northern Norway and her experience led to her interest in the killer whale research locally. Tiffany undertook her dissertation project in collaboration with Norwegian Orca Survey for her MSc in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews. She matched the historical Norwegian Orca ID catalogue from Tysfjord-Vestfjord-Ofotfjord (1986-2005) to the current catalogue from Andfjord-Troms-Skjervøy (2007-2018) and investigated how survival rates of the killer whale population have varied across 1986-2018. Tiffany continues her work with long-term identification datasets of killer whales of northern Norway.

Research assistant

Tiffany Goh

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Mirka, the owner of Mia Public Relations, joined our team as our official public relations firm after her visit in Andenes. Although she grew up in Slovakia, dreaming of one day having a close encounter with an orca, she now runs her own public relations agency out of Los Angeles, California. Although her firm represents mostly luxury travel clients, she loves to give back and support non-profit organizations such as Norwegian Orca Survey. Her passion for wildlife and our killer whale research brought us together and she now dedicates her time to represent Norwegian Orca Survey on Pro Bono basis. 

Public Relations

Mirka Illasova

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We wish to acknowledge Inaki Aizpurua Quiroga, Julie Mestre, Alexa Hasselman and Fabien Vivier who have contributed to data collection and/or data processing as volunteers.

Aino Ruusuvuori (BSc, University of Halmstad), Elettra Giampaoletti (BSc, University of Bologna), Clare McEnally (MSc, University of Oslo), Aimee Frederickson Matika (BSc, University of Saint Andrews ) and Tiffany Got (MSc, University of Saint Andrews) have all graduated University degrees with Norwegian Orca Survey.

Data & Results processing 

Students & Volunteers