I am a Marine Ecologist with over 10 years experience. I graduated with a BSc in Zoology (1.1) from University College Dublin in 2000 and completed a PhD (Zoology) in 2006 at National University Ireland (NUI) Galway. I held a NUI Research Fellowship from 2007-2010. Between 2010 and 2015 I held part-time lecturing and research positions at NUI Galway before moving to GMIT in 2016. I deliver modules on the Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology degree and am currently the Year 4 coordinator. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students.
My PhD research focussed on the taxonomy and systematics of Crustacea, with emphasis on the description of new species of deep-sea Isopoda off the west coast of Ireland. My current research primarily investigates the impacts of microplastics on the marine ecosystem. I am also involved in developing molecular screening tools for monitoring invertebrate species, namely bivalves and crustaceans.