Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
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+31 (0)222 36 9529
Tenure track Scientist
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Dr. Fleur Visser

Tenure track Scientist


Whale and dolphin social and foraging ecology, impacts of anthropogenic stressors


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Key publications

Please find my list of publications at the bottom of this webpage or on GoogleScholar.


Professional education



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Linked news

Thursday 12 May 2022
Unusually fast beaked whale has special deep-sea hunting strategy
An international team of biologists has successfully used biologgers to reveal insights into the lifestyle and hunting behaviour of the little-known species Sowerby’s beaked whale. The team’s first results show that these dolphins have a surprisingly…
Wednesday 01 December 2021
Dolphins perform special spin dive when hunting deep prey
Risso’s dolphins have been observed to perform a rapid sprint coupled with a spin when starting a dive, even though this highly energetic movement costs considerably more energy than normal, much slower dives. A team of researchers has discovered…
Thursday 01 April 2021
Whales dive deep for profitable prey
'Reconstruction of deep-sea squid communities reveals profitable hunting zones for extreme-diving whales.' An international research team has investigated why dolphins and whales perform record-breaking dives to several kilometres deep. For the…
Thursday 12 December 2019
How did baleen whales become our planet’s giants?
Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on our planet. But why did blue whales and their close relatives, the baleen whales, evolve to be so huge while other animals did not? An international consortium that includes among its members…

Linked blogs

Friday 18 June 2021
NIOZ@SEA | Survey “Deep-sea prey community and hunting whales” 64PE488
A team of 5 scientists (led by PI Dr Fleur Visser (NIOZ, UvA)) embarked on R.V. Pelagia for 6 days and 5 nights off the island of Terceira in the Azores to further extend our knowledge of deep-sea prey, hunted by deep-sea specialist whale predators…

NIOZ publications

  • 2023
    Merten, V.; Visser, F; Hoving, H.-J. (2023). Deep-sea predator-prey dynamics revealed by biologging and eDNA analysis. Oceanography 36(1): 96-99.
  • 2022
    Arranz, P.; Christiansen, F.; Glarou, M.; Gero, S.; Visser, F; Oudejans, M.G.; Aguilar de Soto, N.; Sprogis, K. (2022). Body condition and allometry of free-ranging short-finned pilot whales in the North Atlantic. Sustainability 14(22): 14787.
    Pachiadaki, M.; Janssen, F.; Carreiro-Silva, M.; Morato, T.; Carreira, G.P.; Frazão, H.C.; Heimbach, P.; Iglesias, I.; Müller-Karger, F.E.; dos Santos, M.N.; Smith, L.M.; Vardaro, M.F.; Visser, F; Waniek, J.J.; Zinkann, A.-C.; Colaço, A. (2023). Co-designing a multidisciplinary deep-ocean observing programme at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the Azores region: a blueprint for synergy in deep ocean research and conservation. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 80(2): 352-354.
    Visser, F; Oudejans, M.G.; Keller, O.A.; Madsen, P.T.; Johnson, M. (2022). Sowerby's beaked whale biosonar and movement strategy indicate deep-sea foraging niche differentiation in mesoplodont whales. J. Exp. Biol. 225(9): jeb243728.
  • 2021
    Visser, F.; Mertens, V.; Bayer, T.; Oudejans, M.G.; de Jonge, D.S.W.; Puebla, O.; Reusch, T.B.H.; Fuss, J.; Hoving, H.J.T. (2021). Deep-sea predator niche segregation revealed by combined cetacean biologging and eDNA analysis of cephalopod prey. Science Advances 7(14): eabf5908.
  • 2020
    Kok, A.C.M.; van Kolfshoten, L.; Campbell, J.A.; von Benda-Beckmann, A.M.; Miller, P.J.O.; Slabbekoorn, H.; Visser, F (2020). Diving apart together: call propagation in diving long-finned pilot whales. J. Exp. Biol. 223(10): jeb207878.
  • 2019
    Gough, W.T.; Segre, P.S.; Bierlich, K.C.; Cade, D.E.; Potvin, J.; Fish, F.E.; Dale, J.; di Clemente, J.; Friedlaender, A.S.; Johnston, D.W.; Kahane-Rapport, S.R.; Kennedy, J.; Long, J.H.; Oudejans, M.; Penry, G.; Savoca, M.S.; Simon, M.; Videsen, S.K.A.; Visser, F.; Wiley, D.N.; Goldbogen, J.A. (2019). Scaling of swimming performance in baleen whales. J. Exp. Biol. 222(20): jeb204172.