Katherine Whyte
Ecological Statistician // Marine Biologist
Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland


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Current Employment

Ecological and Environmental Statistician (2021 – Present)
  • Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Working on quantitative research into the potential effects of offshore renewable energy on seabirds and marine mammals, and developing statistical methods for these studies.

Current Roles

William Guy Lecturer (2023 – Present)
  • Royal Statistical Society
  • Appointed by the RSS to engage with schools across the UK and highlight the importance of statistics in combating climate change. Read the announcement and watch the online videos here.
Honorary Research Fellow (2023 – Present)

Steering Group Member (2022 – Present)
  • MASTS Renewable Energy Forum, Scotland
  • This Forum aims to develop a connected community capable of delivering scientifically excellent and internationally leading research to inform the sustainable growth and operation of energy developments in the marine environment.
STEM Ambassador (2019 – Present)


PhD Biology (2017 – 2021)

MSc Marine Mammal Science (2014 – 2015)

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, First Class (2010 – 2014)

Previous Experience

Tutor and Demonstrator (2017 – 2021)

Research Assistant (Nov 2018 – Mar 2019, Jun – Jul 2019) (6 months total)

Natural Talent Trainee (2016 – 2017)

Data Analyst / Research Assistant (Jul – Sep 2014)
  • Sea Mammal Research Unit, School of Biology, University of St Andrews
  • Developing a new technique for calculating the location of marine mammal sightings from photographs.
  • Working with: Gordon Hastie
Research Intern (Jun – Sep 2013)

Previous Volunteering & Roles

Committee Member (2017 – 2019)
  • UK and Ireland Regional Student Chapter (UKIRSC) of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM)
  • Co-organiser of the 2018 and 2019 annual conferences.
  • Responsible for managing the website and social media accounts.
Volunteer Wildlife Guide (Aug 2014)
  • Sea Life Surveys
  • Working on-board a wildlife watching tour boat, presenting marine biology information to the public whilst spotting wildlife.
Volunteer Animal Care Assistant (Jul 2012)
  • The Cornish Seal Sanctuary
  • Routine feeding, pool cleaning, and husbandry training of seals, otters and penguins, as well as speaking with the public.
Volunteer Field Worker (Jun 2012 & Jun 2011) Volunteer Reserve Assistant (Aug 2011)
                Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
                James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings,
                Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD
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