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Nathan’s research focuses on understanding and assessing the impact of underwater noise pollution on marine life. He helps to develop policies and management measures to reduce this impact through his advisory work with various national and intergovernmental bodies (e.g. Defra, MMO, OSPAR, EU, UN).

Nathan is Principal Scientist in Noise & Bioacoustics at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). He is responsible for providing scientific advice on underwater noise to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and oversees provision of noise-related technical advice to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW). He is also co-chair of the OSPAR Intersessional Correspondence Group on noise which provides scientific coordination for the North-East Atlantic nations. 

Prior to this role, Nathan worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Parks Bioacoustics Lab at Syracuse University in upstate New York. Nathan holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Bath, an MSc in Acoustics and Music Technology from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc (Hons) in Physics and Astronomy from Durham University.

Nathan's work has been published in leading scientific journals in the fields of acoustics, ecology, conservation, and marine pollution. In 2018, Nathan was awarded the A.B. Wood Medal from the Institute of Acoustics for distinguished contributions to the application of underwater acoustics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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