Structured PhD (Marine Sciences)

College of Science,
Ryan Institute

Course overview

Group leader links:

All PhD students in the College of Science will enroll in a Structured PhD:

 Short summary of the research area:

Research in the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway can be carried out through separate discipline pathways (mainly but not exclusively Physics, Botany, Zoology and Earth and Ocean Sciences). The Ryan Institute pathway covers topics more strongly associated with the cross discipline and cross-College Ryan Institute or with staff not assigned to a discipline.

The primary areas of research interest are currently with the biodiversity and bioresources cluster, particularly:

  • Environmental Management & Conservation. Marine conservation, sustainable harvesting planning and    management

  • Biodiversity: Patterns & Processes. Species distributions, marine population dynamics, community structure

  • Aquaculture, Biotechnology, & Biodiscovery. Research to support biodiscovery and aquaculture

 Important: Applicants must speak to the research group leader before applying via PAC. 

Programmes available

Structured PhD, full-time

Areas of interest

Current projects are in biodiversity, aquaculture, fish population dynamics, intertidal ecology, zooplankton, deep sea research, habitat mapping, conservation, marine foods and biodiscovery.

Researcher profiles

Johnson, Mark
Mark Johnson joined NUI Galway from Queen’s University Belfast in 2008. His research interests have been on marine ecology—particularly the role of spatial processes in the structure of populations and communities. This leads to a number of applied areas such as conservation, biodiversity mapping, assessments of sustainable harvests and contributions to marine management. More recently the research group has expanded to include aquaculture and research to support themes in functional foods and biodiscovery.

Research Fellows

Anna Soler: Seaweed research, integrated multitrophic aquaculture

Svenja Heesh: Algal taxonomy and biodiscovery

Maeve Edwards: Seaweed aquaculture, integrated multitrophic aquaculture

Contact Us

Prof. Mark Johnson 
T +353 91 492 266

PAC code


Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €5,750 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,750 p.a. 2018/19