Dr. Caroline Weir

Caroline is a marine mammal scientist who has conducted visual and acoustic studies of free-ranging cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) since 1995. Her research interests focus primarily on the distribution and ecology of cetacean communities, but additionally include photo-identification work (abundance, movements and social structure), research into cetacean acoustic behaviour, anthropogenic impacts on cetacean species and environmental compliance relating to marine mammals (for example Marine Protected Areas and mitigation guidelines for minimising human impacts).

Caroline is an honorary research fellow at the University of Aberdeen and a member of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group, providing expertise on cetaceans along the west coast of Africa, particularly the Atlantic humpback dolphin.

She has worked as a freelance marine mammal consultant since 2001, providing a range of fieldwork (scientific surveys and mitigation work) and desk-based consultancy services to commercial, academic, governmental and NGO clients. She is certified for Marine Mammal Observer (MMO), Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) and European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) work and also holds UKOOA offshore survival training (including HUET) and RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificates.

When not working as a consultant Caroline enjoys watching and photographing marine and terrestrial mammals worldwide.