Katja Vinding Petersen

Cetaceans have been my biggest passion since childhood. I have always been intrigued by the beauty and mystery of these animals. When I became a biologist, I decided to dedicate my research to the study of whales and dolphins, using different techniques and approaches to investigate how they live. Studying animals that are submerged for most of their life is like conducting research on elephants from the bottom of a waterhole, where you see only the tips of their trunks and sometimes the full body of an individual. We know so little about cetaceans and I want to change that, not only to increase our understanding of them, but also to ensure that conservation efforts for their benefit can be improved.