The Curt & Micheline Jenner Award is presented every year to a Whale Watch Western Australia Cetacean Soldier™ for their dedication and excellence in cetacean research.
Our yearly winner will be provided with a monetary prize and access to Whale Watch Western Australia’s vessel.
Named in honour of Curt and Micheline Jenner who have researched whales for over thirty years. Their hard work, passion and discipline towards learning about the Western Australian whale populations has been a fundamental part of what we now know about Western Australia’s Whales. Starting from humble beginnings and a very small inflatable vessel, Curt and Micheline were determined to understand the migratory path of the Western Australian Humpback Whales and where their primary nursery ground was located, which in the 1990’s was unknown.
Discovering the importance of the Dampier Archipelago and Kimberly Region the Jenners were able to confirm the nursery grounds of the Western Australian Humpbacks and view their extraordinary population growth from a few hundred individuals to over 45,000 in the Western Australian population, the largest in the world!
2022 Entries Now Open
PHD CANDIDATE AND SCIENTIST
Grace is an extremely dedicated and motivated person who has worked hard in collecting data for her Fat Whales Project which just might be the best project name created! Grace is studying the migration timing of humpback and blue whales in Australian waters and using UAVs to gain aerial photos and morphometric measurements to assess body condition in free-living whales. It has been a privilege welcoming Grace onboard each tour this season and seeing her work incredibly hard and consistently to collect the information required for her project, looking forward to many more seasons to come.
Cetacean Research Centre (CETREC WA)
John discovered the Orca of Bremer Bay and has been studying in the waters of Western Australia for over 30 years. His current studies focus on two geographically seperate and genetically differentiated populations of killer whales found off the coasts of Western Australia – a large population (up to 200 animals) that frequent the offshore waters of the Bremer Sub-Basin region foraging on squid, fish and mammals; and a tropical group of approx 30 animals targeting mammals (humpback calves & dolphin) during the austral winter and spring.
PROFESSOR FREDRIK CHRISTIANSEN
Marine Biologist and Assistant Professor
Fredrik is an ecophysiologist interested in the relationship between animal behaviour, bioenergetics and population dynamics, with an emphasis on cetaceans. He is interested in how behavioural changes, caused by human disturbance can influence the amount of energy that animal acquires and spends, and how this influences their body condition and ultimately survival and reproduction. Fredrik’s research spans a number of research areas, including behavioural ecology, physiology, bioenergetics and reproductive biology. Season 2020 is set to be an exciting time for Fredrik and his team as they Join the Pod with Whale Watch Western Australia to further expand their fantastic research.