THE TEAM

Protecting whales can never be achieved through solo efforts alone. It requires a team with diverse background and skills, united by a shared passion for marine conservation. The Whale Wise team has experience in whale research, conservation action, public engagement and media. Together, we are committed to supporting ocean harmony.
We are also fortunate to work with several institutions, who together provide us with the resources and expertise needed to realise our goals. Read about our partners here.
Tom Grove
Tom
Alyssa Stoller
Alyssa
Abigail Robinson
Abigail
Flordespina Dodds
Flo
Amelie Laute
Amelie
Beverly Tan
Beverly
Gabriele Negro
Gabriele
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Tom Grove
PhD student
Interests: behavioural ecology, human-whale interactions, citizen science, public speaking and events
After graduating with a degree in Natural Science (University of Cambridge, UK), Tom has spent the last two years working for various marine research and conservation groups, with a focus on whales. As part of this, he spent a summer working for the University of Iceland in Húsavík, contributing to photo-identification and behavioural research. During this time, he formed the idea of promoting a more sustainable whale watching industry in Iceland and beyond. This idea has now transformed into Whale Wise, with the broader aim of reducing human disturbance to whales. Whale Wise will form part of Tom’s PhD with the University of Edinburgh.
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Alyssa Stoller
Master’s student
Interests: film and education, citizen science, science-policy integration, whale migratory patterns and habitats
Alyssa grew up in California, and developed a love for whales and the ocean at a very young age. To pursue this passion, Alyssa obtained a degree in Marine Environmental Science from Western Washington University. During and since University, Alyssa has studied primarily humpback whales. Her experience started in the South Pacific with Cook Islands Whale Research in 2014, where she spent four years as a research assistant. From there, she continued onto Iceland in 2018, where she joined the Whale Wise team. Currently, she is attending the University of Edinburgh for a Masters degree in Marine Systems and Policy.
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Abigail Robinson
Biosecurity officer
Interests: blow sampling, videography, behavioural ecology
Abigail is from New Zealand and has always felt a draw to the ocean. Growing up in a family that spent summers fishing and diving, meant that she encountered cetaceans from a young age, and has always scanned the horizon for them ever since. While studying a BAppSc. in Biodiversity Management (Unitec, Auckland), she spent a season in 2016 in the Cook Islands working along side Alyssa as a research assistant for Cook Islands Whale Research. This was when she learned to fly a drone, and capture humpbacks from an angle that offers many new research opportunities. Currently she works as a Biosecurity Officer in New Zealand.
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Flordespina Dodds
Whale biologist
Interests: behavioural ecology, human-whale interactions, citizen science, public speaking and events
Flo graduated from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) with a Bachelors in Biology, with a concentration in marine biology and a minor in natural history. A class on marine mammals in the Bay of Fundy made her the whale enthusiast she is today. She is currently completing a Masters degree in Marine Systems and Policies at the University of Edinburgh. This has led to her dissertation project focusing on using aerial imaging to study humpback and blue whale body conditions. She hopes to go on to a career in whale conservation in eastern Canada. Her favorite whales are humpbacks and right whales because they are krilling it!
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Amelie Laute
Undergraduate student
Interests: impacts of anthropogenic noise, pollution, role of whales in global systems, science communication
After graduating from high school, Amelie travelled to various countries for three years, gaining an understanding of the world’s beauty, problems and associated solutions little by little. She has learnt from and contributed to different marine research groups along this journey. While working for two seasons with Cook Islands Whale Research, she realised the importance of whale conservation. Getting to know Tom and Alyssa during this project therefore led to collaboration in Iceland with Whale Wise, now and in the future. Amelie is now studying marine biology in Kiel University, Germany, developing theoretical background knowledge to be able to support ocean conservation in a professional way.
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Beverly Tan
Conservation officer
Interests: behavioural ecology, human-whale interactions, citizen science, public speaking and events
Beverly an Ecological and Environmental Sciences graduate from the University of Edinburgh, and is interested in the use of technology such as drones in conservation, environmental and ecological sciences. She has dabbled in marine conservation back home in Singapore: from work with Conservation International’s manta tracking program, to research on scleractinian corals, to volunteering with intertidal and seagrass monitoring groups. Combined with her love for the ocean, conservation, the outdoors and the environment, Whale Wise was an exciting next step for her. Her favourite animals are whale sharks (close enough!), and her favourite whales are narwhals.
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Gabriele Negro
University outreach officer
Interests: science outreach, wildlife film-making, ecology
As an Ecological and Environmental Sciences graduate (University of Edinburgh), Gabi’s interest lies in a combination of wildlife conservation and sharing the beauty of the natural world with others. After volunteering in dolphin and chameleon conservation around Europe, he conducted his own research on Colombian moths and Italian butterflies. Recently, he has self-trained as amateur documentary filmmaker with the aim of sharing empowering messages about the natural world. Gabi joined us in 2019 and has helped with both our engagement efforts and our field research.