The marine mammal group takes a holistic approach to understand the ecology and evolution of marine mammals. This includes the use of ancient, environmental and modern DNA analyses, geometric morphometrics, stable isotopes and observations in the wild to study the effects of environmental change, pathogens, and human impacts with a particular focus on Arctic and North Atlantic species.
The group works closely with the Natural History Museum of Denmark, teaches various courses at the University of Copenhagen, and is strongly involved in PhD, MSc and BSc student training.
Disappearance of Icelandic walruses coincided with Norse settlement
Raising your voice: evolution of narrow-band high-frequency signals in toothed whales (Odontoceti)
Phylogenomic insights to the origin and spread of phocine distemper virus in European harbour seals in 1988 and 2002
Iben Stokholm, Tero Härkönen, Karin C. Harding, Ursula Siebert, Kristina Lehnert, Rune Dietz, Jonas Teilmann, Anders Galatius, Linnea Worsøe Havmøller, Emma L. Carroll, Ailsa Hall, Morten Tange Olsen. 2019. DAO. 133:47-56.
- EU Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (“ArchSci2020” and “SeaChanges”)
- EU Horizon2020 BONUS (“BaltHealth”)
- Volkswagen (“Research in Museums”)
- Carlsberg Foundation (“Gentle Giants”)
- Villum Foundation (“Seal Plague”)
- Hartmann Fonden (“Greenlandic Porpoises”)
- Office of Naval Research (“Beaked Whales”)
- Norwegian Research Council (“WhaleFeast”)
- Danish Ministry of Environment and Food (“ Seal-Fisheries Conflicts” and “Baltic Sea Cod"