Our work with porpoises and other species of whale gives us the chance to work with many other research programmes. For example:
- diet and contaminant studies performed at Wageningen Marine Research,
- genetic studies being carried out at the University of Groningen,
- research on foraging history and nutritional condition prior to stranding with NIOZ,
- furthermore, there is a continuous exchange of information concerning wildlife disease with the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC).
The National Stranding Network is partly made up of:
- volunteers and employees of Ecomare,
- the Seal Sanctuary Pieterburen,
- and ‘A Seal’, who report and collect stranded sea creatures.
Plastic waste is a major environmental problem; both in magnitude and in complexity, with effective solutions inherently interdisciplinary. Our researchers are part of the Utrecht Plastic Sources, Sinks and Solutions (UPlasticS3) network. This network is a unique combination of scientists with all expertises required to investigate the sources and sinks of plastic pollution. For more information regarding this network: https://www.uu.nl/en/research/sustainability/uplastics3
Our research permits close collaboration with similar programmes at European universities, such as the Universities of Liege and Hannover (TiHO)as well as the British Stranding Network; the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme in Inverness and the Cetacean Stranding Investigation Programme in London. Belgium, Germany, England and Scotland all have a North Sea coastline; sea creatures do not recognise country borders and, therefore, a coordinated effort to conserve the North Sea porpoise population is essential.
Outside of Europe, we collaborate with several other research teams including those at the University of British Columbia (Canada) who are researching damage to hearing in whales.
In order to share our expertise in the field of veterinary pathology and cetaceans, we regularly present the findings of our research to the scientific community at international workshops and congresses.