Welcome to the Animal Biology group. Our research focuses on several aspects of dolphins and whales: sound production mechanisms, hearing and echo-location, behavior and communication, reproduction in human care, and finally passive acoustic monitoring of harbor porpoises in the wild. We also do research on the mitigation of conflicts between coastal fisheries and seals.
The work on the hearing in dolphins and whales employs serial CT-scanning in combination with finite element modeling to reveal the sound pathway into and function of the inner ear. This is done in collaboration with San Diego State University, USA and University of California at San Diego, USA.
The echolocation research is a collaboration with Lund Technical University, and is developing a new tool that can visualize the sonar beam and also be used as an interface between man and dolphin, e.g. in psycho-physical studies. The new system, called ELVIS (EchoLocation, Visualization and Interface System, has been tested at the Kolmården Wildlife Park, on the Bahamas and in Roatán Island, Honduras.
The dolphin communication studies are based on an acoustic tag, which has also been developed within our group. They are carried out in cooperation with research groups and dolphinaria around the world, including the Kolmården Wildlife Park.
The study of bottlenose dolphin reproduction in human care is done as a part of the European Endangered species Program (EEP) for this species, in collaboration with the majority of the dolphinaria in Europe.
The long-term goal of the porpoise work is to contribute to the conservation of the Baltic population, which is severely depleted. It is mainly field work that has been conducted in coastal waters in Denmark.
The seal work is done in the field as well as in the seal exhibit at the Kolmården Wildlife Park, and in collaboration with the Board of Fisheries