Mediterranean Sea, Canary Islands, Atlantic Crossing & Bahamas
Home: Aberdeen, Scotland
Cormac has been interested in the study and conservation of the marine environment since he was a young boy. Now, at the age of 23, he is focused on a career in marine biology, more specifically in research on cetaceans. He graduated with Honors from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology.
In the summers in between his studies, he endeavoured to gain experience in a range of areas in order to gain research skills and build the foundations of a career in research. In the summer of 2000 he was an intern at the Center for Oceanic Research and Education (C.O.R.E.) at Gloucester, Massachusetts. There he was involved in photo-identification and behavioural studies on humpback and fin whales from whale watching vessels. After graduating in 2001, he returned to C.O.R.E working as a Naturalist on the whale watching excursions, continuing the studies heĠd enjoyed so much the previous summer. At the end of the summer, he worked as a volunteered for Dr John Hildebrand at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in his whale bioacoustics laboratory. He spent his time there working on recordings made in the Bering Sea of fin whale vocalizations.
In September 2002, he undertook a Masters of Research degree at the University of Aberdeen studying Marine and Fisheries Science. The MRes degree included a 6 month research project investigating the suitability of a Scanning Sonar System as a research tool for the study of marine fauna. This study yielded some very interesting results on the movements of wild fish populations around aquaculture cages and he intends to edit his project thesis for submission for publication.
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