Nov24

Welcome to the ORCA Team!

Welcome to the ORCA Team!

We’re delighted to welcome Eleanor Keppie to the team at ORCA HQ. 

Earlier this month, Eleanor Keppie joined the team at the ORCA Office in Portsmouth in a brand new role as Data Analyst. As part of this new role, Eleanor will be responsible for managing ORCA’s extensive scientific dataset and coordinating the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of the ORCA Data Portal. Eleanor will be an integral part of the ORCA team using high-quality database and system management to help ORCA’s vision to see the oceans alive with whales and dolphins.  

Read a little bit more about Eleanor’s journey to working for ORCA below:

I was always interested in fish and sharks, but I studied English language, law, psychology and music and never really considered science as a career. However, after finishing my A levels, I became even more interested in the marine environment whilst working as an office admin. This led me to start a marine science foundation degree at Falmouth Marine School, where I first became interested in using data to understand species-environment relationships. I completed my studies at Bangor University, where I studied marine vertebrate zoology and learnt even more about modelling and data as well as cetaceans. I brought the two together for my dissertation modelling Risso’s dolphin habitats. I really enjoy the data side of marine science (e.g. programming and GIS). Maintaining datasets and analysing them is important for conservation and management, so this job with ORCA is a dream come true.  

We hope you will all join us in welcoming Eleanor to the team and wish her luck in her exciting new role!