Sea Watch Staff
Director - Dr Peter Evans established Sea Watch Foundation in 1991 and is the Charity’s Director. He has worked on cetacean research for 40 years and oversees the UK national cetacean monitoring scheme. He was founding Secretary, and later Chairman of the European Cetacean Society, as well as Editor for 21 years. He is a Director of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust, a Trustee of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and has provided advice to UNEP, the European Commission, UK government and various NGO’s on cetacean matters. In 2009, he received an award for achievement in conservation education & outreach from UNEP/ASCOBANs, and in 2012 the European Cetacean Society’s Conservation Award. Peter’s field research concentrates upon ecological, behavioural and conservation biology studies of cetaceans in the UK, particularly harbour porpoises, bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and minke whales. He also studies the effects of human disturbance upon cetaceans. He has worked extensively on seabirds in Britain, Ireland and the Arctic and was former Secretary of the Seabird Group and editor of its journal, ‘Seabird’. He has written and/or edited 12 books and >200 scientific publications and is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Bangor.
Sightings Officer – Dr Chiara Giulia Bertulli took over the role of Sea Watch’s Sightings Officer in March 2018. She is a marine biologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Iceland. Born in Italy, she spent more than 10 years focusing on evaluating conservation, demography, social structure and health status of coastal cetacean species. She conducted scientific research in both the Northern (Spain, Norway, Iceland) and Southern Hemispheres (Australia, New Zealand). However, it is in Iceland that for 8 years she established a long-term citizen science project focusing on studying population biology and conservation of common minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales, collecting data from on-board whale-watching boats, working side-by-side with academic, commercial and environmental organizations. Prior to taking part into cetacean research she worked as a naturalist in Norway, Iceland and Wales, where she guided tours in English, French and Italian.
Monitoring Officer – Katrin Lohrengel started work as Sea Watch’s Monitoring Officer in April 2015. She has been working with the Sea Watch Foundation since 2011; first as a Research Assistant on the Cardigan Bay Monitoring project during 2011 and then as a Regional Coordinator for North-west England. Katrin was appointed as our Wales Development Officer in September 2013 and worked on the Welsh Sea Watchers project until taking over as Monitoring Officer. Katrin has further experience working with cetaceans at the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program in Florida and participation in an IFAW survey for harbour porpoises in the North Sea, as well as acoustic studies in West Wales and conducting photo-ID and line transects (also for Sea Watch) in North-west England and Wales.
Adopt a Dolphin Administrator - Kirsten Hintner works with Sea Watch Foundation as the ‘Adopt a Dolphin’ administrator and is involved in film making and producing. She is based in Buckinghamshire and trained at the London College of Communication. She gained wildlife filming experience at the BBC’s Natural History Unit before starting work at the Open University, producing course material for distance teaching. Kirsten has experience in all aspects of filmmaking, including operating cameras, recording and editing audio, vision mixing, voice-over and many other techniques. She became a freelance worker in 2000 with her own company, ‘Worldimg’, and has since worked for a variety of organisations, including the United Nations, BBC, NIACE, the Open University, the Community Channel and many charity organizations, including Fauna & Flora International, National Phobics Society, Barnardos and Sea Watch Foundation. Kirsten produces short films, documentaries & video journalism pieces for internet use, and other media for marketing, education, broadcast and fundraising purposes. She has been involved in community film-making projects and has worked with children, people with disabilities and isolated communities. www.kirstenhintner.co.uk
Dr Pia Anderwald, originally from Switzerland, was Sea Watch Foundation’s data analyst until 2011. After a Masters thesis from the University of Zurich on niche differentiation of cetaceans in the North Atlantic, using Sea Watch sightings database, she completed a PhD at the University of Durham on the foraging ecology and population genetics of minke whales. Pia has extensive field experience with a number of cetacean species, including minke whales, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoises. She has extensive experience in conducting behavioural studies, photo-identification and line transect surveys. Pia is now a consultant for Sea Watch and also manages the Sea Watch Risso’s dolphin photo-ID catalogue.
Mick Baines was Sea Watch Foundation’s Database Manager from 2002 to 2011. He also worked on the database’s structure refinement, error checking and extraction procedures. Mick has been researching and monitoring marine mammals in Wales for over a decade, during which time he has functioned as Sea Watch’s Welsh co-ordinator, collating sightings records and producing the Welsh newsletter for distribution to our vast about of Welsh volunteers. In addition to his work on the bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises found around the UK, Mick has carried out surveys of the grey seal population in Wales and breeding seabirds following the Sea Empress oil spill. Mick now works as a consultant for Sea Watch.
Sarah Langford, a Staffordshire-based primary school teacher, who produces a series of educational resources available to schools and other groups via the Sea Watch website. These resources can be found here. Sarah has worked as a Years 3, 4 and 5 teacher since 2000 and acts as a science co-ordinator as well as a modern foreign language co-ordinator. She has a long-standing interest in marine mammals and has developed and taught a Key Stage 2 educational project to Staffordshire Schools about the evolution and adaptation of species in the Galapagos Islands. Sarah has also worked with other organisations to develop science projects, such as Inland Waterways, SETPOINT, BAYS, INSPIRE and Staffordshire County Council.
Wendy Necar, was responsible for publicity and raising awareness for the annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch we organize by securing publicity on national and local levels with TV and radio, as well as newspapers, magazines, websites and much more. She is an experienced freelance journalist, editor, and PR specialist and she has a strong personal interest in environmental conservation issues, such as marine conservation and foresty issues, and continues to share her vast knowledge by acting as a media consultant for us. Tel: 01789 509957.
Tiu Simila, is a marine biologist from Finland who started to study whales in arctic Norway in 1987. She established a long-term study on killer whales in collaboration with WWF in 1988 ( a study that has now had its 30th anniversary!) and finished her Ph.D. study on the behavioral ecology of killer whales in northern Norway in 1997. Her work on cetaceans has been mainly focused on behavior, in particular, predator-prey interactions. Her main focus has been on killer whales but she has also been involved in studies of other species, mainly sperm whales. She was involved in establishing whale-watching in Norway (1988-1995) and have a keen interest in sustainable whale-watching. She has worked on several conservation projects and published popular science and been a consultant for many film productions. Her interest in cetaceans started while doing a course in environmental science in 1985 and doing a review on harbor porpoises in the Baltic.
Michael Francis first volunteered his skills to Sea Watch Foundation in 1999. He has worked at the Open University for 15 years as a cameraman, editor and director and is now the producer for a variety of educational multi-media productions. With a passion for natural history, Michael has spent much of his life observing and filming wildlife and has played a large part in helping Sea Watch develop its video archive. He has captured high quality and sometimes rare footage of UK cetaceans and other marine species across various survey trips, which has used for education and promotion and for numerous natural history television programmes, including the BBC’s ‘Nature of Britain’, ‘UK’s Top 40 Nature Spectacles’, Natural World’, ‘Nature’s Deadly 60′, ‘Springwatch’, News 24 and RTE’s ‘Wild Journeys’ series.
Sea Watch Trustees
Jamie Smith is currently a senior Treasury Director at Smiths Group, a London based global technology business and is a graduate qualified accountant and corporate treasurer. He joined the Board of the Sea Watch Foundation as Trustee and Treasurer in April 2018. He has extensive experience of corporate governance, financial management, banking and corporate treasury having worked for more than 30 years in a range of successful global businesses including United Biscuits and Unilever. Jamie is also a Trustee of the Reedham Children’s Trust.
He is a keen sailor with a passion for the sea. He lives in Berkshire with wife Camilla. They have two grown-up daughters, one now graduated and working and the other completing her studies at Cardiff University.