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Baker Consultants strengthens its bioacoustics capability with new appointment

Matt Simpson, a Member of the Institute of Acoustics with over fifteen years experience, has joined Baker Consultants as Senior Underwater Noise Consultant. Matt is the first non-biologist to join Baker Consultants’ Marine team and his experience will further strengthen their bioacoustics capabilities and complement the existing highly specialised marine ecology knowledge within the company. Baker Consultants’ expanding Marine team carries out marine mammal monitoring and underwater noise mitigation work for a range of projects, including offshore wind farms such as Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Gode Wind 1 and 2.

 

Baker Consultants has a deserved reputation for innovation and use of robust scientific methods in both the marine and terrestrial ecology sectors. They apply new technologies and survey techniques to minimise development pressure on protected species and habitats in line with regulatory requirements, whilst ensuring a positive outcome for their clients.

Matt brings substantial acoustics knowledge to Baker Consultants from his past roles, most recently as owner and principal consultant of his own company providing noise and vibration consultancy to the building, industrial and environmental sectors. Previous to this, Matt was a post-graduate researcher in underwater acoustics and ultrasonics at the University of Southampton, where he had studied acoustics with oceanography as a student.

Matt is passionate about underwater acoustics and its use in describing our marine ecosystem and contributes regularly to the Institute of Acoustics through regional committee work. He has co-authored a number of academic papers, posters, abstracts and contract reports on topics ranging from the effect of ultrasound on the solidification of fats to the use of acoustics in sizing oceanic bubble populations.

Matt will be applying his underwater acoustic experience to a range of Baker Consultants Marine projects, starting with Gode Wind offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Speaking recently of his initial experiences at Gode Wind, Matt said, “The work is exciting and fulfilling, not least because we are relating anthropogenic activities to real-time noise levels in the water.  Also, after all the modelling and calculations, it is pleasing to be able to provide the client with the field information they need to more efficiently conduct their activities”.

To discuss a marine project with a member of the team please email marine@bakerconsultants.co.uk

To read the Borkum Riffgrund 1 case study please visit www.bakerconsultants.co.uk/case-studies

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