MSc. Linda Westphal

since 2017

Research scientist in the project „Grey seals of the German Baltic Sea – Habitat use, development of haul-out sites, site fidelity and analysis of potential disturbance”

2016 – 2017

Research assistant at the German Oceanographic Museum in the working group for marine mammals

2014 - 2016

Study of marine biology at the University of Rostock

Master thesis:

„Grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania: Establishment of Photo-Id for population monitoring“

2011 - 2014

Study of biology and geography at the University of Wuppertal,

Bachelor thesis:

„Social structure analysis in lion-tail macaque (Macaca Silenus) in the Zoological Gardens in Wuppertal”

Photo-ID of Grey Seals for Population Monitoring

Disections of Marine Mammals

Public Relations


Westphal, L., Gallus, A., von Nordheim, H., Dähne, M. (2017): Photo-ID aids monitoring grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) return to their historical sites after absence for 80 years in the German Baltic Sea, Poster presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Middelfart, Denmark, 29th April – 3rd  May 2017

Grey seals are returning after years of absence to our coasts. Photo-ID of grey seals is used to monitor this process, to evaluate site fidelity of the animals and to establish a baseline for conservation purposes.

Project Description


European Cetacean Society (since 2016)
Society for Marine Mammalogy (since 2016)