I graduated with a BSc in Biological Science in Brazil, an international MSc in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation and, a PhD in Aquatic Ecology in Ireland. I’m a part of GMIT’s lecturing staff teaching subjects related to Marine Biology, Conservation and Environmental Science. I also coordinate the MSc in Applied Marine Conservation. My main research is on seabird ecology and interactions with anthropogenic contaminants, such as plastics and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), with a focus on environmental policy. I have experience on seabird and sea turtle ecology, including field and laboratorial skills. I lead a citizen science project called ‘The Republic of Ireland Beached Bird Survey’, in which volunteers collect beached seabirds to be used for plastic litter research.