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Shane Gero

Assistant Professor | Aarhus University

Founder | The Dominica Sperm Whale Project

 

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Shane Gero

Assistant Professor | Aarhus University

Founder | The Dominica Sperm Whale Project

 

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I am behavioural ecologist and assistant professor in the Marine Bioacoustics Lab at Aarhus University in Denmark.  In 2005, I founded The Dominica Sperm Whale Project and have since spent thousands of hours in the company of sperm whale families. I put computers on sperm whales to study their communication, the origins of culture, and to get people to protect their deep ocean home.

My research is motivated by a desire to understand animal societies, how and why they form, and sadly, by necessity, what happens when they fall apart. My current field expeditions play sounds back to the whales to answer questions about how whales recognize each other, their families, and their cultural clans. You can follow our progress live @DomWhale

In addition to visiting schools, I frequently speak about his my science, the whale’s stories, and conservation of our oceans, at museums and universities around the world; and most recently on the National Geographic and TEDx stages. My writing has appeared in the New York Times; and my research has been featured in magazines and on television, most recently in BBC’s Blue Planet II.

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The Lost Culture of Whales

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The Lost Culture of Whales

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The Dominica Sperm Whale Project

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The Dominica Sperm Whale Project

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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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