Morgane Pommier

I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology and Ecology at Caen University, during which I developed a strong enthusiasm towards the understanding of marine ecosystems structure and functioning. I pursued my studies by joining the IMBRSea master program for a specialisation in Applied Marine Ecology and Conservation. My main research interests include top predators ecology, underwater acoustics and habitat modelling, with particular care for their application in conservation. I conducted my MSc thesis in GMIT, using visual and acoustic monitoring to explore the habitat use and vocal behaviour of bottlenose dolphins in Lower Shannon Estuary SAC. After graduating in 2019, I came back to the MFRC, starting a PhD under the SeaMonitor project (INTERREG VA funded). I will be using data collected from static acoustic receivers and glider deployments to model cetacean distribution and habitat-use between Malin Head, Ireland, and Islay, Scotland, investigating the influence of various environmental parameters. We will also be monitoring noise levels in order to identify potential disturbance to marine life. By combining these data with the cetacean spatial model, we hope to inform future conservation plans in this trans-border area.

Project Title
Monitoring cetaceans and noise along the Malin to Islay front using innovative acoustic technologies
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.