Liam Strachan

I am currently working as a Research Assistant on the BIM Whelk Bait Project. We are developing a sustainable alternative bait to be used in the whelk fishery in Ireland, decreasing overall demands and pressure on existing bait species such as brown crab being used at present. As a budding researcher I am fortunate to […]

George Short

My research is focussed on the big picture of how aquatic ecosystems function and how that may be changing due to human impacts. I enjoy working on holistic studies which use a combination of methods to gain an understanding of which organisms live in a particular marine habitat, and how they all interact. At GMIT, […]

Sally O’Meara

Hi there! I’m a graduate of GMIT with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology. I work in the MFRC as a seabird research assistant. Most of my work involves carrying out boat based seabird surveys in both offshore and inshore waters, where I document their abundance and distribution which helps inform management […]

Alessio Volpato

I joined the Agro-ecology and Rural Development (ARD) group within the MFRC as research assistant in 2019. I work on various projects including the Farm-Eco and Hen Harrier projects, assisting postgraduate students during their laboratory and field work. I hold a BSc and MSc in Environmental Science from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (Italy). My […]

Dr Julien Carlier

I joined the MFRC in 2020 as Post-doctoral researcher on the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine funded HNV_FarmForBio project. This role includes assessing ecosystem quality and modelling incentives to maintain and enhance high value nature farmland and forest in Ireland. I hold an Honours degree and PhD in Environmental Science at ITSligo. My […]

Dr Emma Gray

I completed a MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling at the University of Manchester in 2015 and then went on to complete my PhD in Geography at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in 2019. My research has focused on the impacts of long-term climatic changes and extreme weather events on phytoplankton communities within […]

Dr Elena Pagter

I completed my Marine Biology BSc at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There my interest in marine pollution was fostered in Santa Cruz while engaging with the public on marine research at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. I completed the international MSc in Marine Conservation and Biodiversity. My PhD project has been funded by […]

Dr Michelle McCormack

I graduated with an Honours degree in Human Physiology from NUIG in 2003. I obtained a Masters in Clinical Chemistry and Haematology from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2005 and completed my PhD there in 2008. My doctoral research focused on the proteomic analysis of diabetic cell lines, particularly in the […]

Dr Olga Lyashevska

I am a multidisciplinary scientist with an interest in statistical modelling, scientific programming, data analysis and data management. I obtained an MSc in Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2007) and a PhD in Biodiversity Quantification at Queen’s University Belfast, UK (2011). I came to GMIT in 2015  as a postdoctoral scientist, in 2018 […]