Dr Ian O’Connor

Head of Dept Graduate Studies and Professional Development

I am the Head of Department of Graduate Studies and Professional Development;  before that I was a lecturer in the School of Science and Computing in GMIT. I have lectured to all years of the BSc Hons in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology. I have also lectured on the MSc in Conservation Behaviour, MSc in Applied Marine Conservation,  International MSc in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea – www.imbrsea.eu) and I am the GMIT co-ordinator for the International MSc.  My research interests include organism response to stresses such as disease and pollution. I have received research funding from a broad range of national and international funding agencies; supervised numerous research postgraduate students to completion and mentored several postdoctoral scientists.

Projects

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This project consists of a literature review of the impacts of microplastics in the marine environment and on the proposal of mitigation and/or reduction policy recommendations to address this global environmental issue. 
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The TUNASIA-project focuses on the modernization and development of curricula for the qualification of students in a transdisciplinary education system in a network with companies, research institutions and stakeholders in Vietnam and Thailand.
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This project is investigating the potential of Nephrops norvegicus as a flagship species for plastic pollution in the deep sea.
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MicroplastiX (JPI-Oceans) aims to overcome knowledge gaps concerning microplastic weathering, degradation and fragmentation processes.
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DATALO focusses on statistical design and analysis of gear trials and survival experiments in collaboration with Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Outputs from the project have direct policy relevance in a time of considerable change.
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The IMP.act project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND fellowship funded by the Irish Research Council, aiming at developing a long-term management plan for microplastic pollution in Galway Bay and its environs.
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This project assessed the conservation status of the white-clawed crayfish, Austropotamobius pallipes, in all fifteen Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in Ireland
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The Tipping Points project (2015-2019) developped novel statistical methods for detecting and forecasting ecosystem change.

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