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Magnus Wahlberg
 is daily leader of the laboratory and associate professor at SDU. He majored in Physics and Biology and worked with fish and seal biology in Sweden before starting a PhD in Denmark in marine bioacoustics. He works on hearing and sound production of marine mammals, birds and fish. He is in charge of the outreach program at the Department of Biology. 

Kirstin Andersen Hansen (ATAP) is in charge of animal training and husbandry for all marine mammals and birds, both at the laboratory and at Fjord&Bælt. Her research focuses on hearing and behaviour of marine animals. 

Jamileh Javidpour is assistant professor at SDU. She gained her MSc in marine fish biology in Iran and her PhD at GEOMAR in Kiel. She coordinates a Horizon 2020 project called Go Jelly which involves 15 institutions and industrial partners and addresses marine litters and two major increasing problems of coastal and shallow seas: jellyfish blooms and microplastic debris. for more information

Hans-Ulrik Risgaard
 is professor emeritus in marine biology at SDU and specialized in the feeding ecology and physiology of marine invertebrates. 

Lee Miller
is professor emeritus at the Department of Biology, SDU. He is active in a few research projects, specifically the behavior of wild harbor porpoises to anthropogenic sounds (using “state-of-the-art” tags) and the evolution of hearing in harbor porpoises and other small odontocetes using high frequency narrow band biosonar.

Sonja Rasmussen is laboratory technician at the Department of Biology. She visits Kerteminde every second week and take care of labs and their equipment. She is also responsible for safety routines at the lab.

Niels With Møller helps with practical issues regarding the funcion of the lab, as well as maintenance and new reserach setups. He is at the lab about once every week.

Kasper Fjordside (Station technician): Responsible for boat and diving;  lab maintenance, aquarium cultures, animal training & husbandry.

Hèloïse Hamel (Research assistant): Jelly fish biology, and drone studies of jelly fish and harbour porpoises.

Freja Jakobsen (Research assistant): Porpoise bioacoustic behaviour.

Post docs 

Josephine Goldstein: Inflation-contraction behaviour of marine sponges, and the biology of jelly fish.

Adam Smith: Hearing and echolocation in toothed whales , and hearing and sound production in sea birds.

Lars Seidelin: Science outreach to high schools and the general public.


PhD student

Johanna Stedt (guest student, Lund University): Biology of harbour porpoises.


Master students


 Lena Mannes: Auditory brainstem response in vertebrates. Supervisors : Jakob Dalsgaard and Magnus Wahlberg.

Louise Henriksen: Age determiniation of harbour porpoises. Supervisors:  Sussie Pagh, Charlotte Tøstesen, Magnus Wahlberg.

 Michaela Hjelm Hansen: Porpoise population modelling. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Owen Jones.

Samantha Nesbitt Sørensen: Hearing in penguins. Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg

Guest scientists / students 

 Dennis Brennecke (PhD student, Hannover, Germany): Harbour porpoise behavior around fishing gear


Seal team

Andreas Jagd Jensen

Christina Kaas Andersen

Gonzalo Mainar Drake

Agata Rowny

Panka Cser

Elisa Dinesen


Former PhD students 

Kenneth Sørensen (2021). Hearing in marine birds. 

Lars Seidelin (2019): Creating interst in marine biology and natural sciences: potentials and pitfalls of using livestream video and integrating it in a teaching program.

Lars Kumala (2017): Osculum dynamics, filtration activity and respiration in the demosponge Halichonddria panicea

Josephine Goldstein (2017): Life-history stages of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita . towards a demographic undersatnding of jellyfish blooms.

Kirstin Anderson Hansen (2017): Hearing in air and underwater of the great cormorant.

Lara Delgado (2016): Ontogeny of echolocation in porpoises and dolphins.

Meike Linnenschmidt (2012): Hearing in the harbour porpoise  


Former MSc Students

Maria Skov Rasmussen: Hearing in penguins. Sueprvisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Kenneth Sørensen

Malou Vittrup: Hearing in penguins. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Kenneth Sørensen

Luisa Kumpitisch:(MSc student, U Dresden, Germany): Biology of blue mussels.

Annika Schindel: (MSc student, Kiel University, Germany): Biology of mussels.

Nicoline Abiltrup NielsenSound production in Hector's dolphins. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Steve Dawson

Freja Jakobsen: Bioacoustics of cod. Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg

Sigga Rasmussen: Behaviour of wolves. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg,  Lauren Robinson (postdoc) og Friederike Range (professor), Univ. of Vet. Medicine, Vienna  

Spica Svendsen:  Cognitive behaviour of parrots. Supervisors: Gert Christoffersen, Ole N Larsen, Sara Ortiz, Magnus Wahlberg

Hèloïse Hamel (ERASMUS student, University of La Reúnion): Porpoise reaction to boats.  

Emil Bøgh Hansen: Hearing in turtles and birds. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Jakob Christensen Dalsgaard

Gema Palacino Gonzales (Spain): Harbour porpoise acoustic behavior. Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg

Melanie Brauckhoff (Denmark): Cephalopod vision. Supervisors: Maria Wilson and Magnus Wahlberg

Robin Huzell (Denmark): Marine biology outreach. Supervisors: Stine Mariegaard and Magnus Wahlberg  

Victoria Greenhalgh (U.K.): Sound production of cod (Gadus morhua). Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg

Charlotte Neumann (Denmark): Behaviour of whitebeaked dolphins in Iceland. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Marianne Rasmussen

Anna Osiecka (Poland): Harbour seal Seal acoustic behavior. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Jakob Tougaard

Sofie Berg Hansen ( Denmark): Sound production in guillemots. Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg

Helen Rössler (Germany): Sound production in harbour seals . Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg and Marianne Rasmussen

Emilie Nicoline Stepien (Denmark): Drone observations of cetaceans. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Morten Tange Olsen

Ilektra Amirali (Greece): Seal behavior towards ship noise. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg, Jakob Tougaard, Lonnie Mikkelsen and Jonas Teilmann

Michail Ragkousis (Greece): Bouyancy budget of harbour porpoises. Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg

Rachael Kealey (Ireland): Biology of sponges. Supervisor: Hans-Ulrik Risgaard

Simeon Smeele (Neatherlands): Pinniped  cognition. Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg

Saara Mäkelin (Finland): Sound production and behaviour in cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Chandra Simanowsky (Germany): Public outreach of natural sciences

Alexandra Tòth (Hungary / University of Copenhagen): Playback sounds for porpoises

Kirstine Feldskov Hansen (Denmark): Harbour porpoise predator-prey interactions studied with drones

Jonas Liechti (Denmark): Communication and interpretation in Danish exhibit centeres

Claire Hermans (ERASMUS MSc project; Belgium): Hearing in harbour porpoises

Søs Gerster Engbo (Denmark): Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) demography; Supervisors: Owen Jones, Luca Börger and James Bull

Kasper Fjordside (Denmark): How to boost the interest in natural sciences using training and psychophyscis. Supervisors Magnus Wahlberg and Lars Seidelin.

Kenneth Sørensen (Denmark): Underwater hearing in humans

Hector Fernandez (Spain): Cognition in marine mammals 

Jacopo di Clemente (Italy): The effects of whale watching on humpback whales

Sara Ortiz (Spain): Cognitive studies of parrots

Alyssa Maxwell (Canada): In-air hearing thresholds of the great cormorant

Annika Toth (Germany): Hearing pathways in harbour porpoises

Malene Minds (Denmark): Mother-calf interactions in dolphins and porpoises

Daniela Prömper (Germany): Field study of porpoises using drones

Luca Gazetta (Italy): Detailed description of fossilized teeth from killer sperm whales

Joanna Sarnocinska (Poland): Harbour porpoise reactions to ship noise

Johannes Baltzer (Germany): The effects of wind farm constructions on harbour porpoises

Nina Bircher (Switzerland): Harbour seal sound production

Johanna Stedt (Sweden / Lund University): Harbour porpoise distribution around Kullaberg

Rasmus Sloth Pedersen (Denmark): Hearing in porpoises

Tina Huulvej (Denmark): Cormorants reaction to sound

Julia Madsen (Denmark): The effects of marine biology teaching programs on  students

Sasia Johansen (Denmark): Hearing in the great cormorant

Lars Seidelin (Denmark): Hearing in the great cormorant


Former employees / visitors

Kim Lundgreen (research assistant)

Alyssa Maxwell (student helper)

Florian Lüskow (research assistant)

Maria Wilson (post doc)

Kirby Parnell (Fulbright scholar, 2018-2019): Harbour seal acoustic behavior

Sara Ortiz (Research Assistant): Drone recordings of marine mammals

Rachael Kealy (Research Assistant): Sponge physiology

Silvia Kollorova: Jellyfish biology

Lars Kumala: Demography of marine sponges.


Last Updated 13.10.2021