Heike Vester Biologist, coordinator and founder of Ocean Sounds, specialized in Bio-acoustics of marine animals.
Born in Germany, studied Biology in Berlin and immigrated to Northern Norway in 1998. 1999-2003 studied Arctic Biology and Physiology at the University of Tromsø. Received her Masters of Science at the University of Tromsø, Norway in 2003.
She moved to Henningsvær on Lofoten in February 2004 and founded Ocean Sounds in August 2005.
Since 2003 she is studying the behaviour and communication of orcas in northern Norway (mostly in Vestfjord&Tysfjord) and since she got her own boat in 2006, she studies also all other whales and dolphins in the area (pilot whales, humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, dolphins and harbour proposies and seals).
Currently, she is working on her PhD on the vocal behavior of killer whales and long-finned pilot whales in Lofoten – in cooperation with the Cognitive Ethology Group at the University of Göttingen in Germany, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and behaviour of whales and dolphins in Patagonia/Chile – in cooperation with CIEP.
Since 2012 she is teaching Animal Behaviour and Biology of Marine Mammals (BI216F 000 Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology) at the University of Nordland in Bodoe and supervise bachelor and master students.
New Course in Marine Mammal Biology (BI227) since spring 2013.
Her main interest is to preserve life on this planet by trying to minimize human destruction…..
Network Dynamics Group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics & Self-organization in Goettingen, Germany.
Head of Group: Prof.Dr. Marc Timme
Dr. Kurt Hammerschmidt, Cognitive Ethology Group, German Primate Center and University of Goettingen, Germany
Madita Zetzsche, 19 years old, came for the first time to Norway in 2006 for holidays and met Heike and Ocean Sounds.
During her summer breaks from school she helped Oceans Sounds during 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Her work with Ocean Sounds inspired Madita to learn more about bio-acoustics and she volunteered at the archive for animals sounds / HU Berlin. July-September 2012 she has worked for Ocean Sounds. She is now stuyding Biology at the University of Berlin and assists with the Orca Project of Ocean Sounds and the MPI in Göttingen.
„As I always wished to be one with the waves -OceanSoul- “
sorry this site is at the moment a bit empty, Ocean Sounds is reorganising tasks and workloads, new collaborators will be added and the site upgraded soon…