Cormac Booth

Megan Ryder

Project Scientist (Europe)


Megan is a Project Scientist for SMRU Consulting, based in the Europe office. Starting her career with a degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology from the University of Plymouth, she has a range of experience relating to habitat mapping and Passive Acoustic Monitoring for marine mammals. During her masters at the University of St Andrews, she focused on identifying the foraging habitat of Scotland’s bottlenose dolphins using acoustic analysis. Her research interests include the analysis of foraging behavior, the consequences of anthropogenic disturbance and the application of spatial mapping for understanding population distributions

Degrees and Education

  • 2020 University of St. Andrews, MSc Marine Mammal Science
  • 2018 University of Plymouth, BSc Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology

Skills and Expertise

GIS (ArcGIS & QGIS), statistical analysis (R: GLMs, GAMs, predictive modelling), Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAMguard, CPOD.exe), and photo-ID


  • Passive Acoustic Monitoring of cetaceans using CPODs
  • Spatial analysis of marine mammal observations using ArcGIS
  • Boat-based surveying of marine mammals
  • Photo-identification of cetaceans using DSLR technology
  • Data processing and analysis in R
  • Behavioral Response Studies
  • Offshore wind farm consenting
  • PCoD


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Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
KY16 8LB