I graduated with an Honours degree in Zoology from NUIG in 1978 and was conferred with a PhD there in 1983. My doctoral research focused on the biology of commercial and non-commercial fish species in Galway Bay, Ireland. I have lectured as a marine biologist/fisheries biologist at GMIT since 1982 and joined the academic staff there on a full-time permanent basis in 1996. Prior to that, I lectured at all levels and undertook fisheries research at NUIG. At GMIT, I set up the Commercial Fisheries Research Group (CFRG) in 1999 and am a founder member of the MFRC at GMIT. I have an established track record in developing research and supervised the first ever PhD conferred at GMIT in 2004. My core research interests are in fisheries biology and the sustainable management of commercial fish stocks. My other research interests include marine ecology; rocky shore ecology, ichthyoplankton and parasitism.