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Shane Gero

Founder | The Dominica Sperm Whale Project

 FNU Research Fellow | Aarhus University

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Shane Gero

Founder | The Dominica Sperm Whale Project

 FNU Research Fellow | Aarhus University

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As a behavioural ecologist, my research integrates ecology, bioacoustics, and network theory to study the evolution of group living, social structure and cultural transmission in cetaceans. In particular, my recent work has focused on the co-evolutionary drivers of acoustic complexity and social behaviour.

I mentored under Hal Whitehead through my masters and doctoral work at Dalhousie University, Canada. I am currently an FNU Research Fellow in Peter Madsen's Marine Bioacoustics Lab at Aarhus University in Denmark. I split my time between in Denmark, my human family in Canada and the whale families which so patiently let him share in their lives off the island of Dominica in the Caribbean.

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In 2005, I founded The Dominica Sperm Whale Project, an innovative and integrative long-term behavioural study of sperm whales in the Eastern Caribbean. Since, I have been documenting the social and vocal behavior of over 20 sperm whale units . Though thousands of hours of observation, I have come to know the whales as different individuals, as brothers and sisters, as mothers and babysitters, and as a community of families, each with their own way of doing things, living together in the Caribbean Sea. The whales have taught me the minutia of living in a sperm whale family and given us insights into sperm whale social lives, diet, movement habits, genetics, vocal communication, and culture. There is no sperm whale population in the world that has been this well characterized. Over the last ten years, the project has risen to international excellence and integrates collaborators from five top-ranking academic institutions.

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