EXPERIENCE
Oct 2019

MMO

EcotechSystems Srl

Monitored and recorded marine species behaviours during regulated construction activities in Albania.

Aug-Oct 2019

R&E Ocean Community Conservation

Working alongside operators to find better ways to perform responsible whale watching while protecting and sensitising the children about the ocean. Introduction to photogrammetry with drone, biopsy and acoustic and 15 days field work collecting data about the behavioural of humpback whales related to the the presence /absence of vessel.

  • Setting up of a theodolite Station in a challenging environment, trained one volunteer, creation of the theodolite protocol and daily reports.  

  • Assistance and recording/photography in more than 20 public interventions to raise awareness of the whale watching issue among tourists, community and schools.

2017-2019

MMO

Cohabys/Créocean

Monitored and recorded marine species behaviours during regulated construction activities. Identified marine mammals at a species-level, both at distances and by body parts; estimating distance, quantity, and behaviours of animals during observation activities. Maintained accurate, unbiased scientific data, and following required protocols. Prepared daily, final report, and assist on ongoing publications.

  • Utilized 86 days at sea in effectively monitoring and recording Marine Megafauna, collecting all acoustic data while successfully training additional MMO’s on the Catamaran Guyavoile.

  • Effectively monitored six campaigns within French Guyana, observing over 13 different marine mammal species including three turtle species and 30 seabird species.

Aug 2018-Oct 2018

MMO

IFREMER

Conducted Geoseismic survey to verify Guideline application on board PourquoiPas.  Recorded sightings, distance, and behaviour of marine species. Utilised optical equipment to assess distance, species, and behaviour of marine mammals. Followed and implemented all protocols as outlined in the Marine Mammal Monitoring Plan. Monitored and recorded environmental data.

  • Integrated the use of equipment in fulfilling mission requirements.

May -June 2017

Assistant

Oceanus Association, Gibraltar to Athens

Conducted Geoseismic survey to verify Guideline application on board PourquoiPas.  Recorded sightings, distance, and behaviour of marine species. Utilised optical equipment to assess distance, species, and behaviour of marine mammals. Followed and implemented all protocols as outlined in the Marine Mammal Monitoring Plan. Monitored and recorded environmental data.

  • Integrated the use of equipment in fulfilling mission requirements.

As well as 

Assistant, BRAHSS Project (impact of seismic survey on whale’s migration), Sunshine Coast, Australia

Assistant, Faxafloi Project (PhD project), Reykjavik , Iceland

Assistant, Sapphire Project (impact of whale watching on spinner dolphin), Hawaii

Assistant, South West Marine Project (population dynamics of bottlenose dolphin, swim tour and real time monitoring), Bunbury, Australia

Project Assistant, Cetaceosmadeira II Project, (parasitology, whale watching and necropsy), Madeira

Executive Assistant, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (organisation and event management), Bern

Animal Welfare Internship, (application of guideline) FVO, Bern

CONTACT ME

Virginie Wyss

Biologist and Marine Mammal Observer

Based in Bern

 

Email:

wyss.virginie@gmail.com 

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