Dr Ian O’Connor

Head of Dept Natural Resources and the Environment

I am the Head of Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at Atlantic Technological University, Galway. Prior to that I was the Head of Dept of Graduate Studies and Professional Development. I have ~20 years experience in higher education.  I was a lecturer in the School of Science and Computing in and I have lectured to all years of the BSc Hons in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology. I have also lectured on the MSc in Conservation Behaviour, MSc in Applied Marine Conservation,  International MSc in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea – www.imbrsea.eu). My research interests include organism response to stresses such as disease and pollution. I have received research funding from a broad range of national and international funding agencies; supervised numerous research postgraduate students to completion and mentored several postdoctoral scientists.


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The InEVal project aims to develop realistic value-added, innovative products and services from echinoderm bio resources. Focussing on value and sustainability at every step along the full value chain, these resource uses will contribute to zero-waste and circular economies driving a competitive blue bio economy in Europe.
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This project aimed at establishing standardised operating procedures for environmental matrices laboratory processing targeted at microplastics
Humpback, Dingle Bay Nick Massett
Humpback whales in Irish waters: a partnership with the IWDG
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This project consists of a literature review of the impacts of microplastics in the marine environment and on the proposal of mitigation and/or reduction policy recommendations to address this global environmental issue. 
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The TUNASIA-project focuses on the modernization and development of curricula for the qualification of students in a transdisciplinary education system in a network with companies, research institutions and stakeholders in Vietnam and Thailand.
Nephrops on board
This project is investigating the potential of Nephrops norvegicus as a flagship species for plastic pollution in the deep sea.
MicroplastiX (JPI-Oceans) aims to overcome knowledge gaps concerning microplastic weathering, degradation and fragmentation processes.
DATALO focusses on statistical design and analysis of gear trials and survival experiments in collaboration with Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Outputs from the project have direct policy relevance in a time of considerable change.
The IMP.act project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND fellowship funded by the Irish Research Council, aiming at developing a long-term management plan for microplastic pollution in Galway Bay and its environs.
Drone, pod and boat
This EPA funded research assessed the potential of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor water quality in Ireland.