Degrees and Education
- 2010 University of St Andrews PhD Biology: Variation in distribution and habitat preference of harbour porpoises west of Scotland
- 2003 University of Aberdeen MSc Marine and Fisheries Science
- 2001 University of Wales, Aberystwyth BSc: Marine and Freshwater Biology
Skills and Expertise
Statistical analysis (R – GEEs, GAMs, GLMs), PAM monitoring (PAMBuoy, PAMGUARD, CPODs, TPODs), Databases (MS Access); Word processing (MS Word); Spreadsheets (MS Excel), MMO, GIS (Manifold & ArcGIS), Acoustic analysis (MATLAB), Photo Identification projects.
Cormac Booth has been working in the field of marine mammal biology since 2000, both in the UK and abroad, in the laboratory and in the field. He has extensive experience in marine mammal biology, statistics and acoustics (in particular static and towed passive acoustic monitoring techniques and robust modelling approaches). Cormac has developed unique PAM mitigation approaches used on UK marine development sites and analysed extensive acoustic datasets. He has been the Principal Investigator and/or Project Manager for the interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD) framework project, and numerous PCoD projects for the UK, Canadian, Dutch & USA regulatory bodies and the Office of Naval Research. He has also managed projects spanning a range of sectors and expertise and coordinated teams of diverse expertise to complete objectives. His expertise and experience span:
- Assessing anthropogenic impacts on marine mammals: Via working on the initial development, application and evolution of the interim PCOD framework – investigating how the potential impacts of disturbance can be robustly assessed.
- Distribution and Ecology of Cetaceans: A range of habitat modelling and GIS techniques and conducting visual and towed-acoustic, line-transect surveys to study habitat preferences and distribution of harbour porpoise.
- Marine Mammal Monitoring & Mitigation: Prior to, and during his time with SMRU Consulting, Cormac has worked on several projects developing suitable monitoring and mitigation methods to meet regulatory standards and enabling industry to develop sustainably. He is the scientist responsible for the delivery of several commercial projects involving the use of PAM to monitor cetaceans. Also has extensive experience of conducting and analysing the data generated from different marine mammal monitoring and survey approaches.