Post-doctoral researcher at the Marine Institute (Ireland) working on abundance and ecology of mesopelagic fish.
I am a pelagic marine biologist with a strong interest in acoustics, food-web dynamics, biogeochemical cycling and environmental governance and protection.
Currently I am employed as a postdoctoral researcher in the Marine Institute in Ireland where I work in Prof. David Reid’s team in the context of the MEESO project. The focus of my work is to estimate the abundance of mesopleagic fishes in the Northwest Atlantic and to gain insights into their ecology.
In 2019 I completed my PhD studies on microplastic pathways in marine pelagic systems at the National University of Ireland, Galway under supervision of Prof. Peter Croot and Dr. Tom Doyle.
For me it is particularly important to make my research findings accessible and understandable not only to the academic society via peer reviewed publishing but also through outreach activities for society.
Other Projects and Memberships
Save Our Seas Project: Microplastic a Macro-Disaster: A threat to the Largest Fishes of our Seas?
I am currently leading a project which investigates microplastic ingestion by whale sharks in the Maldives and basking sharks in Ireland. The scientific goals of the project are to extract and identify microplastics from the shark’s faeces and to look at routes of exposure. This involves looking at microplastic abundances in seawater, plankton and particulate organic matter sampled at shark feeding hotspots. Very importantly this project also has a strong outreach component. We are trying to bring our research findings forward to stakeholders and assist in problem framing and solution finding. Read more about the project on the SaveOurSeas homepage and follow us on twitter or instagram
Early Career Editor ICES Journal of Marine Science
Chair of the ICES Strategic Initiative on the Integration of Early Career Scientists
Member and former chair of EuroMarine Early Career Researcher network OYSTER
Save Our Seas Project Leader (Funded by Keystone Grant 2019)