Dr Morgane Pommier

Postdoctoral Researcher
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology and Ecology at Caen University(2014-2017). During this time, I developed a strong enthusiasm for understanding the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. I continued my studies by joining the IMBRSea master program with a specialization in Applied Marine Ecology and Conservation (2017-2019).
My main research interests include spatial ecology of marine top predators, underwater acoustics, and habitat modelling, with a particular focus on their application in conservation. I pursued my PhD at ATU under the supervision of Dr. Joanne O’Brien and Dr. Simon Berrow. As part of the SeaMonitor project (INTERREG VA funded), I used acoustic data collected from static receivers and glider deployments to model cetacean occurrence over the Malin Shelf and provide input for conservation and future planning in the area.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the MFRC, working on the U-AVES project funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) National Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme. In collaboration with colleagues at ATU and partner organisations, we aim to evaluate the feasibility of using VTOL UAV technology for offshore ecological surveys, particularly for seabirds and marine mammals. Through U-AVES, we hope to promote an innovative approach to environmental surveys, which will participate to the sustainable development of offshore renewable energy.
Funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), U-AVES is an industry/academic partnership between ATU, BlueWise Marine, A-TechSYN, and Energia Renewables.  The project aims to investigate the use of a long endurance fixed wing vertical take off and landing (VTOL) uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) to conduct large scale, offshore ecological surveys for seabirds and marine mammals.
SeaMonitor is a novel and comprehensive project, the first of its kind in Europe, which will establish a number of large scale marine telemetry arrays to track mobile marine fauna in the seas around Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the west of Scotland.