I have a strong interest in the ecosystem approach to fisheries management and applied fisheries research. My research is focussed on the use of science-industry partnerships to address and resolve problems currently faced by our fishing and aquaculture industries. Utilising my ecological knowledge, strong data handling and statistical analysis skills, coupled with the use of novel technologies and innovative methodologies, in addition to social science techniques, I aim to improve the sustainability and economic viability of fisheries while ultimately enhancing marine ecosystem health.
I graduated with my BSc (Hons) in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology from GMIT in 2019. I then completed an MSc in Conservation Behaviour in GMIT. The research for my MSc thesis was conducted in collaboration with the Laboratory of Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour at University College Dublin. The project was supervised by Dr Martin Gammell and aimed to investigate the behaviour of sub-adult male fallow deer in the Phoenix park. My research interests are ethology, marine ecology and fisheries science. I am currently working on a PhD in GMIT in collaboration with Dr Julia Calderwood at the Marine Institute as part of the IFISH project. The PhD aims to study the behaviours of fishers in response to the levels and types of unwanted catch they encounter during fishing trips in the context of the landing obligation. This project aims to bridge the gap between scientists and fishers and incorporate a human element to fisheries management by considering the fishers as the end users.
I am the Principle Investigator on Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management at the Marine Institute. I have worked for 31 years in fisheries management on: Fisheries sustainability, fishing capacity and effort, industry collaboration, as well as Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) and Ecological Risk Analysis (ERA). I have had a strong involvement with ICES, including chairing the Science Steering Group on Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, as well as numerous other working groups and workshops over the years. I have been involved in over 20 EU funded projects, in two cases as scientific coordinator. I am an Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork, Ireland.