Nathan has been awarded the international AB Wood Medal by the Institute of Acoustics, for his research on underwater noise pollution, protection of marine mammals and supporting new national and international legislation with scientific evidence.

The AB Wood Medal is named after the early 20th century British researcher. It aims to recognise the achievements of early-career scientists in the field of underwater acoustics.

The medal was given to Nathan at the UK-US conference organised by the UK Acoustics Network.

His acceptance speech was entitled “Underwater Noise Monitoring and Modelling in the UK and North East Atlantic” and showcased the latest advances in a rapidly advancing field.

Dr Nathan Merchant graduated in 2013 with a PhD in Physics, supervised by Dr Philippe Blondel.

Philippe said:

Nathan has been an exceptional postgraduate researcher. He has been, and continues to be, a great collaborator. I am very pleased to see that his PhD at Bath has given him the skills to thrive in underwater acoustics and its applications, and to apply this knowledge to shaping future national and international policies. The award of the AB Wood Medal to Nathan at such an early stage in his career speaks volumes about how well he is regarded in the international community.