Joëlle De Weerdt
I am a PhD student at the Marine Biology lab supervised by Prof. March Kochzius (VUB) and Phillip Clapham (Research Associate Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History). The project did not receive funding but is financially supported by Association ELI-S. I study the ecology of the endangered Central American humpback whale population. I want to determine population characteristics and abundance; habitat use patterns and migratory destinations of humpback whales observed in Nicaragua. The goal is to estimate population size, understand the population dynamics and identify threats to the population to establish future management strategies.
De Weerdt, Joëlle; Ramos, Eric Angel; Cheeseman, Ted (2020) Northernmost records of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating from the Antarctic Peninsula to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE 36(3): 1015-1021
De Weerdt, Joëlle; Ramos, Eric A. (2020) Feeding of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE 36(1): 285-292