Chiara Giulia Bertulli, PhD student
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Chiara’s research interests are primarily in marine mammal ecology and conservation, and especially in estimating population abundance, social and health parameters of coastal cetacean populations. The geographical focus of her work includes Icelandic coastal waters. For the past four years, her research has primarily focused on the Atlantic minke whale (B. acutorostrata) and white-beaked dolphin (L. albirostris).
Chiara has been working in the field of marine mammals for the last six years and recently completed (August 2010) a MSc in Marine Mammal Science from the University of Iceland, investigating the feeding behaviour of minke whales and white-beaked dolphins and inspecting the foraging association of both species with coastal seabirds. Her marine mammal background has included work with a variety of species (sperm whale, hector dolphin and humpback dolphin), in many different locations (Norway, New Zealand and Australia), and with different research methodologies, including photo-identification work/fin matching and distance sampling.

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Pedro S. Baranda
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Pedro is a Marine Biologist that divides his time among research and rehabilitation. When he is not busy tagging whales or restraining seals, he likes to draw. He has founded two stranding networks and one of his goals is to help create another two, one in North Iceland and the other in British Columbia, Canada. He has worked on eleven different countries and he will continue being a world traveller as long as there are animals to be studied or rescued.


Research assistants

2014 - Faxafloi: Loes de Heus, Monica Lozano Subiranas, Aymeric Fromant, Hanna Michel, Rowena Diggle

2013 - Faxafloi: Kyle Artym, Yusuf Buhadi, Virginie Wyss, Clare Owen, Marie LaRiviere, Jacopo di Clemente, Kate Matthews, Harrison Garside, Clare Owens, Madeline Bucher, Malgorzata Gazda, Jasmine Owen, Monica Lozano Subiranas, Jack Ball
2013 - Skjalfandi: Kieranna McCormick, Aurelien De Jode, Yvonne Radstake, Ailie Suzuki, Tania Marques, Naomi Brennan

2012 - Faxafloi: Sarah Lawrence, Richard Mardens, Marion Carrier, Ernst Schrjiver, Nicolas Goddard, Oceane Graillot, Ellie Cooper, Emma Simpson-Wells, Helene Roger-Berube, Meggie Hudspith, Tina Klesse

2012 - Skjalfandi: Natan Hoefnagel, Anna Michieli, Michelle Gileppi, Jose Juan Puebla Colin, Marie-Therese Mrusczok, Lorelei Guery, Frances James
2011: Caroline R. Weir, Michelle Brana Bradin, Sarah Espinosa, Aurelie Bailly, Andri Steingrimursson
2010: Mirjam Held, Louisa Higby
2009: Thomas Barreau, Danilo Swann Matassa, Jerome Couvat
2008: Nina Struh, Gabriela Munoz, Megan Whittacker, Susana Simiao, Verena Peschko, Marie Louis
2007: Jorg Ratayczack

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Group of white-beaked dolphins, June 2010, Faxafloi Bay. ©Chiara G. Bertulli

Surfacing humpback whale, June 2008, Faxafloi Bay. ©Chiara G. Bertulli

Couple of fast swimming orcas, December 2009. Faxafloi Bay. ©Chiara G. Bertulli

Surfacing Minke whale, July 2009, Faxafloi Bay. ©Chiara G. Bertulli

Couple of flying Northern Gannets, June 2007, Faxafloi Bay. ©Chiara G. Bertulli