Victoria Todd (b.1973) was born in Liverpool, England to a Greek mother (chef) and a British/Irish father (salesman jazz musician). She grew up in the seaside village of Formby. Following her degree in Marine Biology at Liverpool’s Port Erin Marine Laboratory on the Isle of Man (where she studied kung fu in sea anemones), she moved to Germany to work for the United Nations Environment Programme. In 1995, she moved to the Galapagos islands (where she had a lot of fun diving in a deep sea submersible), returning briefly to Skomer island (Pembrokeshire) to study kittiwakes. In 1996, she attended the National Oceanographic Centre to undertake a [very hard, but awesome] Masters degree in Oceanography, which took her to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, where she studied the vocalisations of Keiko the killer whale (‘Free Willy’). In 1997, she returned to the UK to undertake a brief spell as a researcher at the BBC (Supernatural series, Spy in the Den etc.), then undertook a PhD at Leeds on bats (the equivalent of ‘flying porpoises’, acoustically-speaking). She moved to Scotland in 2003 to undertake post doc on halibut eggs (yes, really…). Unsurprisingly, unsuited to the relatively slow pace of academia, in 2004, she incorporated her own company (Ocean Science Consulting Ltd.). Around that time she met (and married) her half Danish (Victoria has always had a ‘thing’ for the Scandinavians), husband Ian Todd on a dive boat in the sound of Mull. Together with their daughter, Petra, the Todds are based in the sunny seaside town of Dunbar where they work with their fabulous team of scientists at OSC. In the nanoseconds of spare time that she has, Victoria likes to think she’s mastered the different dialects of crow and rook (with the ultimate aim to learn raven), attends the odd opera, reads as much science fiction as possible and flits over to Greece as often as she can. The Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook is her first book.