Currently, Whale Wise is an unincorporated group of students and volunteers. We do not have official status as a charity or organisation, and most of our research is conducted in collaboration with universities and other partners. Therefore, the small funds we have so far obtained have been through the affiliations of our team with these other organisations. Nevertheless, we felt it important to list our ‘funding sources’ so far and what the funds have been used for. This only covers direct funding, and not the equipment, accommodation and time provided by our partners. Years correspond to the date that funding was awarded.
- University of Edinburgh. Tom’s PhD supervisor, Lea-Anne Henry, funded the analysis of blow samples at the university’s Clinical Research Facility via liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.
- Erasmus+. Tom and Beverly covered their living costs in Iceland through an Erasmus+ Traineeship, obtained through the University of Edinburgh
- University of Edinburgh. Again, Tom’s supervisor funded the analysis of blow samples.
- SAGES (Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, the Environment and Society). Tom secured a grant for students whose research was impacted by Covid, to cover some travel costs and blow sample processing in 2021.
- University of Edinburgh. A grant from the Moray Endowment Fund will pay for an extra drone for aerial imagery purposes.
- PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Amelie was awarded a grant for aquatic science to purchase and deploy a hydrophone off Langanes (northeast Iceland), to characterise the local soundscape and cetacean occurrence.