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I am a PhD student supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). I am affiliated with the Scottish Ocean Institute (SOI) and Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU). My research area is marine biology and I’m particularly interested in studying the behaviour and sociality of marine mammals.
The main focus of my PhD thesis is the sociality of the Icelandic killer whale (Orcinus orca) population. I’m studying the social structure of the population using photo-identification (photo-ID) and genetics. My goal is to describe the social organization of the Icelandic killer whale population, examine the dynamics of social networks among individuals and assess how relatedness affects relationships in this population.
I’m an investigator in the Icelandic orca project (www.icelandic-orcas.com). Our research focuses on the social and foraging behaviour of orcas while monitoring which individuals can be regularly seen in Iceland to gain a better understanding of the population size and status.