Dr Fiona Kavanagh

Lecturer and researcher
+353 (0)91 742892

I am a Marine Ecologist with over 10 years experience. I graduated with a BSc in Zoology (1.1) from University College Dublin in 2000 and completed a PhD (Zoology) in 2006 at National University Ireland (NUI) Galway. I held a NUI Research Fellowship from 2007-2010. Between 2010 and 2015 I held part-time lecturing and research positions at NUI Galway before moving to GMIT in 2016. I deliver modules on the Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology degree and am currently the Year 4 coordinator. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students.

My PhD research focussed on the taxonomy and systematics of Crustacea, with emphasis on the description of new species of deep-sea Isopoda off the west coast of Ireland. My current research primarily investigates the impacts of microplastics on the marine ecosystem. I am also involved in developing molecular screening tools for monitoring invertebrate species, namely bivalves and crustaceans.

The PSPSafe project is a 4-years project funded by DAFM and involving a collaboration between the Marine Institute, ATU and UCD, to elucidate the causes and identifying potential upcoming impacts of a recent increase of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins (PSTs) in Irish shellfish.
The primary aim of this CULLEN fellowship is to validate and implement DNA-based methods for the detection and quantification of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) species in Irish coastal waters and sediments into a routine monitoring programme.
Nephrops on board
This project is investigating the potential of Nephrops norvegicus as a flagship species for plastic pollution in the deep sea.
This project aims at developing state-of-the-art molecular tools for the rapid and cost-effective screening of plankton samples for the presence of bivalve and crustacean species of commercial value. This project is in collaboration with BIM and is funded by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund.
Elena's pink bead
This project is addressing some of the knowledge gaps on microplastics in benthic fauna and sediments in Galway Bay.