Biology of Marine Mammals LabSemester Course

Biology of Marine Mammals Lab, Semester Course
Corequisite Course(s)
Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Environmental Science, Sustainability
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

In this laboratory course, you study cranial morphology and anatomy and look at cranial asymmetry in different species of cetaceans, analyze photo-identification pictures of killer whales in an ongoing research project, listen to and analyze sound recordings, and perform a necropsy on a harbor porpoise or a harbor seal. You write small lab-reports during class time and give oral presentations in groups.


Katja Vinding Petersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Distribution, habitat use, behavior, and sound communication), Zoology Dept., Whale Unit, University of Pretoria, 2016. M.S. (Biology and Didactics), University of Copenhagen, 2007. Research associate at Statens Serum Institute, Denmark (2012-2016). TV presenter at “Physics at sea”, Galathea 3 Expedition (2008). Has worked with marine mammals in the field in, Iceland, Northern Norway, Greenland, and South Africa. Local stranding responsible In the Overstrand Region, South Africa (2010-2012). Founder of the Danish Maine Mammal Society (2003). With DIS since 2019.