I graduated from NUI Galway with a PhD in Zoology (Marine Biology) and a BSc (Hons) in Marine Science. Subsequent postdocs as an intertidal surveyor, algal curator and project manager for SeaweedAfrica were based at the Botany Department in NUI, Galway. I moved to the private sector in 2006 as a consultant marine ecologist and subsequently became a Managing Director of a marine and freshwater consultancy (EcoServe Ltd.) in Dublin and senior ecologist at BEC Consultants. During this time I worked on several EU funded projects including MarBEF, PESI, and ComEnvir before returning to academia in 2013.
I am particularly interested in benthic community ecology within both soft sediment and reefs. This includes defining communities within habitats and subsequently the exploration of potential anthropogenic impacts, including microplastics, on both the fauna and flora and their environs.