Erica (Morrin) Chapman is a former Director of Ocean Science Consulting (OSC) New Zealand (Asia-Pacific) Ltd and a former Associate Director of OSC (UK).
Ms Chapman was involved with commercial marine consultancy, tendering and contract administration. Past field experience includes lead position for visual and acoustic surveys of marine mammals worldwide for scientific and commercial contracts. Ms Chapman is an author of the ‘Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook’ (Todd et al. 2014), which is intended to address Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) standards across all marine industries, worldwide, by educating all stakeholders about best theory and practice (www.marinemammalobserverhandbook.co.uk). Ms Chapman is a trained MMO and PAM Operator under the Department Of Conservation’s (DOC) ‘2013 code of conduct for minimizing acoustic disturbance to marine mammals from seismic survey operations’, the Code (DOC 2013), and has worked in New Zealand waters. Ms Chapman was part of OSC’s team of voluntary advisers during the development stages of NZ’s Code, particularly concerning practical applications of PAM. Ms Chapman was the lead course instructor for OSC’s DOC-recognised MMO & PAM course (www.osc-nz.co.nz/training).
Ms Chapman’s research interests include marine mammal vocalisations and the effects of noise on marine life.Previous publications include e.g. Todd & Morrin 2013.