I hold an honours degree in Marine Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway (2016). I completed an International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea). As part of this programme, I studied in The University of the Algarve, Portugal (UAlg) (2017) and the MFRC in GMIT (2018).
Following my masters, I worked as a research assistant in GMIT on a collaborative project with the Marine Institute (Unlocking the Archive). My experience to date includes salmon stock assessment via microtagging in the Marine Institute Furnace catchment, feeding strategy of boarfish (Capros aper) via stomach content analysis, preparatory work for cortisol and stable isotope analysis of salmon scales, imaging, cataloging and age determination of salmon scales.
My role as a PhD student on the METRODIVER project is to research the effects of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean on the trophic niche, diet diversity and the flesh nutritional quality of fish within and outside the MPA. This research will support the overall objective of the METRODIVER project to assess the effects of MPAs on ecosystem services in the context of trophic diversity.