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 see:www.gojelly.eu
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 (Research assistant): Seal and bird training & husbandry, and lab maintenance.
Hèloïse Hamel (Research assistant): Jelly fish biology, and drone studies of jelly fish and harbour porpoisses.
Josephine Goldstein: Inflation-contraction behaviour of marinesponges, and the biology of jelly fish.
Adam Smith: Hearing and echolocation in toothed whales , and hearing and sound production in sea birds.
Lars Kumala: Demography of marine sponges.
Lars Seidelin: Science outreach to high schools and the general public.
Kenneth Sørensen:Hearing in penguins. Supervisor: M Wahlberg
Freja Jakobsen: Bioacoustics of cod. Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg
Maria Skov Rasmussen: Hearing in penguins. Sueprvisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Kenneth Sørensen
Nicoline Abiltrup Nielsen: Sound production in Hector's dolphins. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Steve Dawson
Malou Vittrup: Hearing in penguins. Supervisors: Magnus Wahlberg and Kenneth Sørensen
Cecilie Thuelund: Ontogeny of sound production in harbour seals. Supervisor: Magnus Wahlberg
Guest scientists / students
Johanna Stedt (PhD student, Lund University, Sweden): Harbour porpoise behavioural ecology
Johannes Blatzer (PhD student, Hannover, Germany): Acoustic localization of blue whales
Dennis Brennecke (PhD student, Hannover, Germany): Harbour porpoise behavior around fishing gear
Luisa Kumpitisch:(MSc student, U Dresden, Germany): Biology of blue mussels.
Annika Schindel: (MSc student, Kiel University, Germany): Biology of mussels.
Andreas Jagd Jensen
Christina Kaas Andersen
Gonzalo Mainar Drake
Former PhD students
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
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