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Dr. Simon Berrow
Dr Simon Berrow
After completing a degree in Applied Biology at Liverpool Polytechnic, Simon moved to Ireland to carry out a PhD in Zoology at University College, Cork in 1986. His PhD, based at Lough Hyne Marine Reserve in west Cork, looked at the impact of avian predators on the inter-tidal zone. During his PhD he started working on stranded and bycaught cetaceans and founded the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group in 1990. He was Co-ordinator of the IWDG, which co-ordinates a stranding and sighting scheme throughout the island of Ireland ( from 1991 to 1995 and 2000 to present. .

In 1995 he left Ireland to work on albatrosses, seals and penguins on South Georgia for the British Antarctic Survey. After completing 2.5 years in the South Atlantic, including a whale survey of the South Atlantic for the International Whaling Commission, Simon returned to Ireland in 2000 to take up his present positions. Simon has also carried out national surveys on basking sharks and a variety of seabirds in Ireland. He helped found the Irish Basking Shark Study Group in 2009.

He has over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and writes regularly for wildlife magazines. He was (2001-2005) a full member of the Heritage Council ( which prepares policy advice and encourages respect and research on all aspects of Ireland's natural and built heritage. and recently completed a term on the board of management of the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

He is currently also a Lecturer in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology teaching on the Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology Degree and EMBC+ Masters course.

Simon is an Editor of the journal "Tourism in Marine Environments" and was recently on the Council of the European Cetacean Society.

A list of his publications can be downloaded from Download document

Publications by Simon Berrow
updated 28 March 2007
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