Christian discovered his passion for marine mammals when he was working for a German organization whose mission was to promote conservation of the Wadden Sea – a coastal sea frequented by several species of seals and porpoises.
How did he arrived at MICS? It’s in 1997 at a conference, that Christian first heard of the station. He arrived in 1997 as intern and decided to come back every year then, pursuing his academic and research career through MICS. Originally based in Bremen, Germany, he earned a Masters’ degree in 2002 which focused on blue whales in the Gulf of St Lawrence, and a PhD in 2008 on humpback whales. He then went on to do a Post-Doctorate degree at the University of St Andrews where he has since become a research fellow.
Christian is responsible for coordinating MICS research and managing the main field operations at the research station on the North Shore. His main interests are population and social dynamics, health assessment of cetaceans and their populations, as well as bio-logging.