MMTD Welcomes New Post-doctoral Fellow

MMTD Welcomes New Post-doctoral Fellow - Dr. Anita Gilles has been awarded a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and has chosen to do her research at MMTD for the next two years. During her interdisciplinary project she will develop and apply innovative statistical methodologies for the analysis and modeling of cetacean line-transect data and assessment of European cetaceans, with particular emphasis on the harbor porpoise, using a huge data set of aerial survey line transect data collected in the North and Baltic Sea over the past 12 years.

Anita comes from the University of Kiel and the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany, where her research has covered various aspects of the biology, ecology, monitoring and conservation of marine mammals. She provides scientific policy advice to the German Ministries and Agencies on their obligations in agreements and advisory bodies (e.g., EU Habitats Directive & Marine Strategy Framework Directive) and is a nationally invited expert for the most relevant advisory committees for research and conservation of cetaceans in the EU, such as ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas) and ICES.