Structured PhD (Marine Sciences)
College of Science,
Group leader links: www.ryaninstitute.ie/research/biodiversity-and-bioresources/
All PhD students in the College of Science will enroll in a Structured PhD: www.nuigalway.ie/science/rgroups.html
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.
Areas of interest
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.
Anna Soler: Seaweed research, integrated multitrophic aquaculture
Svenja Heesh: Algal taxonomy and biodiscovery
Maeve Edwards: Seaweed aquaculture, integrated multitrophic aquaculture