Dr Thomas Doyle

B.Sc., PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer Below The Bar
Zoology
School of Natural Sciences
NUI Galway

E: TOM.DOYLE@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Tom Doyle is a marine biologist with expertise in jellyfish and animal biotelemetry (satellite tracking). He is author of 43 scientific publications and has a h-index of 22 (Google Scholar). He is internationally recognised in the field of gelatinous zooplankton (jellyfish), with expertise in the socio-economic impacts of jellyfish (especially salmon aquaculture interactions) and mapping the broadscale distribution and abundance of key gelatinous groups. He has deployed satellite tags, data loggers and acoustic tracking devices on various marine species (sea bass, blue sharks, sunfish, leatherback sea turtles and even jellyfish) to determine animal movements, migration patterns and behaviour. More recently Tom began research on marine litter and microplastics (sources of marine litter, ingestion and food web transfer of microplastics).

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
SALMON NETS - Up-Scaling of Glycoat Study and Modelling the Movement of Water and Salmon Aquaculture Pens 01-JUN-16 31-MAY-19
CERES - Climate change and European aquatic RESources 01-MAR-16 29-FEB-20
PLASTOX 01-JAN-16 31-DEC-18
Investigating fish movements, residency and mobile benthic fish communities along the inflow and outflow structures of a power plant 01-FEB-13 31-JAN-14
Marine Institute An Investigation in gill pathologies in marine reared finfish in Ireland 01-OCT-08 30-SEP-11
Managing the Opportunities & Detrimental Impacts of Jellyfish in the Irish Sea 01-JUL-08 30-JUN-12
IRCSET Prey Availability and the Differential Migration of Leatherbacks in French Guiana 01-FEB-08 31-JAN-09

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Localised residency and inter-annual fidelity to coastal foraging areas may place sea bass at risk to local depletion'
TK Doyle, D Haberlin, J Clohessy, A Bennison, M Jessopp (2017) 'Localised residency and inter-annual fidelity to coastal foraging areas may place sea bass at risk to local depletion'. Scientific reports, 8 [Details]
(2017) 'Assessing the Efficacy of First-Aid Measures in Physalia sp. Envenomation, Using Solution-and Blood Agarose-Based Models'
CL Wilcox, JL Headlam, TK Doyle, AA Yanagihara (2017) 'Assessing the Efficacy of First-Aid Measures in Physalia sp. Envenomation, Using Solution-and Blood Agarose-Based Models'. Toxins, 9 (5) [Details]
(2016) 'Diversity and occurrence of siphonophores in Irish coastal waters'
Haberlin, D., G. M. Mapstone, R. McAllen, A. J. McEvoy, and T. K. Doyle (2016) 'Diversity and occurrence of siphonophores in Irish coastal waters'. Proceedings Of The Royal Irish Academy : Section B: Biology And Environment, 116 :1-11 [Details]
(2016) 'High-resolution genetic analysis reveals extensive gene flow within the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca (Scyphozoa) in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea'
Fergal Glynn, Jonathan D. R. Houghton, Thomas Bastian, Thomas K. Doyle, Veronica Fuentes, Martin K. S. Lilley, Jim Provan (2016) 'High-resolution genetic analysis reveals extensive gene flow within the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca (Scyphozoa) in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea'. Biological Journal Of The Linnean Society, 117 (2) [Details]
(2016) 'Enhancing public awareness and promoting co-responsibility for marine Litter in Europe: the challenge of MARLISCO'
Veiga, J. M., Vlachogianni, T., Pahl, S., Thompson, R. Kopke, K., Doyle, T., Hartley, B., Maes, T., Orthodoxou, D., & Loizidou, X. (2016) 'Enhancing public awareness and promoting co-responsibility for marine Litter in Europe: the challenge of MARLISCO'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, [Details]
(2015) 'A dawn peak in the occurrence of ‘knifing behaviour’in blue sharks'
TK Doyle, A Bennison, M Jessopp, D Haberlin, LA Harman (2015) 'A dawn peak in the occurrence of ‘knifing behaviour’in blue sharks'. Animal Biotelemetry, 3 (1) [Details]
(2015) 'Digestion and predation rates of zooplankton by the pleustonic hydrozoan Velella velella and widespread blooms in 2013 and 2014'
Jennifer E. Purcell, Giacomo Milisenda, Aldo Rizzo, Steven A. Carrion, Serena Zampardi, Sabina Airoldi, Giacomo Zagami, Letterio Guglielmo, Ferdinando Boero, Thomas K. Doyle, Stefano Piraino (2015) 'Digestion and predation rates of zooplankton by the pleustonic hydrozoan Velella velella and widespread blooms in 2013 and 2014'. Journal Of Plankton Research, 37 (5) [Details]
(2015) 'Transatlantic migration by post-breeding puffins: a strategy to exploit a temporarily abundant food resource?'
Mark J. Jessopp, Michelle Cronin, Thomas K. Doyle, Mark Wilson, Abigail McQuatters-Gollop Stephen Newton, Richard A. Phillips (2015) 'Transatlantic migration by post-breeding puffins: a strategy to exploit a temporarily abundant food resource?'. Marine Biology, 160 (10) [Details]
(2009) 'Ontogenetic changes in tracheal structure facilitate deep dives and cold water foraging in adult leatherback sea turtles'
Davenport J, Fraher J, Fitzgerald E, McLaughlin P, Doyle T, Harman L, Cuffe T, Dockery P (2009) 'Ontogenetic changes in tracheal structure facilitate deep dives and cold water foraging in adult leatherback sea turtles'. Journal Of Experimental Biology, 212 (Pt 21):3440-3447 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)'
Davenport, J,Fraher, J,Fitzgerald, E,McLaughlin, P,Doyle, T,Harman, L,Cuffe, T (2009) 'Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)'. Journal Of Experimental Biology, 212 :2753-2759 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Identification of genetically and oceanographically distinct blooms of jellyfish'
Lee, Patricia L. M. and Dawson, Michael N. and Neill, Simon P. and Robins, Peter E. and Houghton, Jonathan D. R. and Doyle, Thomas K. and Hays, Graeme C. (2013) 'Identification of genetically and oceanographically distinct blooms of jellyfish'. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10 (80) [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Foods of Velella velella (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) in algal rafts and its distribution in Irish seas'
Purcell, Jennifer E. and Clarkin, Emmett and Doyle, Thomas K. (2012) 'Foods of Velella velella (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) in algal rafts and its distribution in Irish seas'. Hydrobiologia, 690 (1):47-55 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'High activity and Levy searches: jellyfish can search the water column like fish'
Hays, Graeme C. and Bastian, Thomas and Doyle, Thomas K. and Fossette, Sabrina and Gleiss, Adrian C. and Gravenor, Michael B. and Hobson, Victoria J. and Humphries, Nicolas E. and Lilley, Martin K. S. and Pade, Nicolas G. and Sims, David W. (2012) 'High activity and Levy searches: jellyfish can search the water column like fish'. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 279 (1728):465-473 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Monitoring marine populations and communities: methods dealing with imperfect detectability'
Katsanevakis, S. and Weber, A. and Pipitone, C. and Leopold, M. and Cronin, M. and Scheidat, M. and Doyle, T. K. and Buhl-Mortensen, L. and Buhl-Mortensen, P. and D'Anna, G. and de Boois, I. and Dalpadado, P. and Damalas, D. and Fiorentino, F. and Garofalo, G. and Giacalone, V. M. and Hawley, K. L. and Issaris, Y. and Jansen, J. and Knight, C. M. and Knittweis, L. and Kroencke, I. and Mirto, S. and Muxika, I. and Reiss, H. and Skjoldal, H. R. and Voege, S. (2012) 'Monitoring marine populations and communities: methods dealing with imperfect detectability'. Aquatic Biology, 16 (1):31-52 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Abundance, distribution and community composition of small gelatinous zooplankton in southern Irish coastal waters'
Baxter, E.J., McAllen, R., Allcock, L., Doyle, T.K. (2012) 'Abundance, distribution and community composition of small gelatinous zooplankton in southern Irish coastal waters'. Biology And Environment: Proceedings Of The Royal Irish Academy, 112B :91-103 [Details]
(2011) 'Gill Damage to Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Caused by the Common Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) under Experimental Challenge'
Baxter, Emily J. and Sturt, Michael M. and Ruane, Neil M. and Doyle, Thomas K. and McAllen, Rob and Harman, Luke and Rodger, Hamish D. (2011) 'Gill Damage to Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Caused by the Common Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) under Experimental Challenge'. Plos One, 6 (4) [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Have jellyfish in the Irish Sea benefited from climate change and overfishing?'
C . P. LYNAM, M. K. S. LILLEY, T. BASTIAN, T. K . DOYLE, S. E. BEGGS and G . C . HAYS; (2011) 'Have jellyfish in the Irish Sea benefited from climate change and overfishing?'. Global Change Biology, 17 :767-782 [Details]
(2011) 'Large scale sampling reveals the spatio-temporal distributions of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata in the Irish Sea'
Bastian, T., Haberlin, D., Purcell, J.E., Hays, G.C., Davenport, J., McAllen, R., Doyle, T.K.; (2011) 'Large scale sampling reveals the spatio-temporal distributions of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata in the Irish Sea'. Marine Biology, [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Fisheries bycatch data provide insights into the distribution of the mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) around Ireland'
Bastian, T., Stokes, D, Kelleher, J.E., Hays, G.C., Davenport, J., Doyle, T.K.; (2011) 'Fisheries bycatch data provide insights into the distribution of the mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) around Ireland'. ICES Journal of Marine Science, [Details]
(2011) 'Gill disorders in marine-farmed salmon: investigating the role of hydrozoan jellyfish'
Baxter, E.J., Rodger, H.D., McAllen, R., Doyle, T.K.; (2011) 'Gill disorders in marine-farmed salmon: investigating the role of hydrozoan jellyfish'. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 1 :245-257 [Details]
(2011) 'Pleated turtle escapes the box - shape changes in Dermochelys coriacea'
Davenport, John and Plot, Virginie and Georges, Jean-Yves and Doyle, Thomas K. and James, Michael C. (2011) 'Pleated turtle escapes the box - shape changes in Dermochelys coriacea'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214 (20):3474-3479 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Global patterns of epipelagic gelatinous zooplankton biomass'
Lilley, M. K. S. and Beggs, S. E. and Doyle, T. K. and Hobson, V. J. and Stromberg, K. H. P. and Hays, G. C. (2011) 'Global patterns of epipelagic gelatinous zooplankton biomass'. Marine Biology, 158 (11):2429-2436 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Opening and closing mechanisms of the leatherback sea turtle larynx: a crucial role for the tongue'
Fraher, J,Davenport, J,Fitzgerald, E,McLaughlin, P,Doyle, T,Harman, L,Cuffe, T (2010) 'Opening and closing mechanisms of the leatherback sea turtle larynx: a crucial role for the tongue'. Journal Of Experimental Biology, 213 :4137-4145 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Identification of jellyfish from Continuous Plankton Recorder samples'
Baxter, EJ; Walne, AW; Purcell, JE; McAllen, R; Doyle, TK; (2010) 'Identification of jellyfish from Continuous Plankton Recorder samples'. Hydrobiologia, 645 :193-201 [Details]
(2010) 'Environmental context explains Levy and Brownian movement patterns of marine predators'
Humphries, NE; Queiroz, N; Dyer, JRM; Pade, NG; Musyl, MK; Schaefer, KM; Fuller, DW; Brunnschweiler, JM; Doyle, TK; Houghton, JDR; Hays, GC; Jones, CS; Noble, LR; Wearmouth, VJ; Southall, EJ Sims, DW; (2010) 'Environmental context explains Levy and Brownian movement patterns of marine predators'. Nature, 465 (73017301):1066-10691066 [Details]
(2010) 'The biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish Mola mola: a review of current knowledge and future research perspectives'
Pope, E. C.,Hays, G. C.,Thys, T. M.,Doyle, T. K.,Sims, D. W.,Queiroz, N.,Hobson, V. J.,Kubicek, L.,Houghton, J. D. R.; (2010) 'The biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish Mola mola: a review of current knowledge and future research perspectives'. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 20 (44):471-487471 [Details]
(2009) 'Tracking leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) during consecutive inter-nesting intervals: Further support for direct transmitter attachment'
Byrne, R.,Fish, J.,Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.; (2009) 'Tracking leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) during consecutive inter-nesting intervals: Further support for direct transmitter attachment'. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 377 (22):68-7568 [Details]
(2009) 'Satellite tracking of the World's largest bony fish, the ocean sunfish (Mola mola L.) in the North East Atlantic'
Sims, D. W.,Queiroz, N.,Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.,Hays, G. C.; (2009) 'Satellite tracking of the World's largest bony fish, the ocean sunfish (Mola mola L.) in the North East Atlantic'. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 370 (1-21-2):127-133127 [Details]
(2009) 'Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)'
Davenport, J.,Fraher, J.,Fitzgerald, E.,McLaughlin, P.,Doyle, T.,Harman, L.,Cuffe, T.; (2009) 'Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212 (1717):2753-27592753 [Details]
(2009) 'Ontogenetic changes in tracheal structure facilitate deep dives and cold water foraging in adult leatherback sea turtles'
Davenport, J,Fraher, J,Fitzgerald, E,McLaughlin, P,Doyle, T,Harman, L,Cuffe, T,Dockery, P (2009) 'Ontogenetic changes in tracheal structure facilitate deep dives and cold water foraging in adult leatherback sea turtles'. Journal Of Experimental Biology, 212 :3440-3447 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Widespread occurrence of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in Irish coastal and shelf waters'
Doyle, T.K., de Haas, H., Cotton, D., Dorschel, B., Cummins, V., Houghton, J.D.R., Davenport, J., Hays, G.C.; (2008) 'Widespread occurrence of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in Irish coastal and shelf waters'. Journal of Plankton Research, 30 (8):963-968 [Details]
(2008) 'Leatherback turtles satellite-tagged in European waters'
Doyle, T.K., Houghton, J.D., O'Súilleabháin, P.F., Hobson, V., Marnell, F., Davenport, J. & Hays, G.C.; (2008) 'Leatherback turtles satellite-tagged in European waters'. Endangered species research, 4 :23-31 [Details]
(2008) 'Diving behaviour of jellyfish equipped with electronic tags'
Hays, G. C.,Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.,Lilley, M. K. S.,Metcalfe, J. D.,Righton, D.; (2008) 'Diving behaviour of jellyfish equipped with electronic tags'. Journal of Plankton Research, 30 (33):325-331325 [Details]
(2008) 'The role of infrequent and extraordinary deep dives in leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)'
Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T. K.,Davenport, J.,Wilson, R. P.,Hays, G. C.; (2008) 'The role of infrequent and extraordinary deep dives in leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 211 (1616):2566-25752566 [Details]
(2007) 'The broad-scale distribution of five jellyfish species across a temperate coastal environment'
Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.,Buckley, S. M.,Hays, G. C.,Davenport, J.; (2007) 'The broad-scale distribution of five jellyfish species across a temperate coastal environment'. Hydrobiologia, 579 :29-3929 [Details]
(2007) 'Stranding events provide indirect insights into the seasonality and persistence of jellyfish medusae (Cnidaria : Scyphozoa)'
Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T. K.,Davenport, J.,Lilley, M. K. S.,Wilson, R. P.,Hays, G. C.; (2007) 'Stranding events provide indirect insights into the seasonality and persistence of jellyfish medusae (Cnidaria : Scyphozoa)'. Hydrobiologia, 589 :1-131 [Details]
(2007) 'The energy density of jellyfish: Estimates from bomb-calorimetry and proximate-composition'
Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.,McDevitt, R.,Davenport, J.,Hays, G. C.; (2007) 'The energy density of jellyfish: Estimates from bomb-calorimetry and proximate-composition'. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 343 (22):239-252239 [Details]
(2006) 'Developing a simple, rapid method for identifying and monitoring jellyfish aggregations from the air'
Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T. K.,Davenport, J.,Hays, G. C.; (2006) 'Developing a simple, rapid method for identifying and monitoring jellyfish aggregations from the air'. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 314 :159-170159 [Details]
(2006) 'The ocean sunfish Mola mola: insights into distribution, abundance and behaviour in the Irish and Celtic Seas'
Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T. K.,Davenport, J.,Hays, G. C.; (2006) 'The ocean sunfish Mola mola: insights into distribution, abundance and behaviour in the Irish and Celtic Seas'. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 86 (55):1237-12431237 [Details]
(2006) 'Jellyfish aggregations and leatherback turtle foraging patterns in a temperate coastal environment'
Houghton, J.D.R. ,Doyle, T.K., Wilson, M.W., Davenport, J. &Hays, G.C.; (2006) 'Jellyfish aggregations and leatherback turtle foraging patterns in a temperate coastal environment'. Ecology, 87 :1967-1972 [Details]
(2003) 'Aircraft give a new view of jellyfish behaviour'
Hays, G. C.,Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T.,Davenport, J.; (2003) 'Aircraft give a new view of jellyfish behaviour'. Nature, 426 (69656965):383-383383 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Ecological and societal benefits of jellyfish'
Doyle, T.K., Hays, G.C., Harrod, C., Houghton, J.D.R (2013) 'Ecological and societal benefits of jellyfish' In: Jellyfish Blooms. Springer. [Details]

Letter

  Year Publication
(2003) Aircraft give a new view of jellyfish behaviour.
Hays, GC,Houghton, JDR,Doyle, T,Davenport, J (2003) Aircraft give a new view of jellyfish behaviour. Letter [DOI] [Details]

Meeting

  Year Publication
(2009) Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea.
Fraher, J,Davenport, J,Mclaughlin, P,Cuffe, T,Fitzgerald, E,Harman, L,Doyle, T (2009) Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea. Meeting [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2011 Postdoctoral Researcher of the Year Environmental Research Institute

Other Activities

  Description

Dr Doyle has actively engaged the media to increase the dissemination of his research and to raise the profile of the CMRC and UCC. For example, >50 articles have been written about his research in in local and national newspapers (inc. The Irish Times, The Examiner, The Sunday Tribune, BBC Wildlife Magazine) and he has made regular appearances on local and national radio (inc. Morning Ireland, The Mooney Show, Pat Kenny Show and Moncrieff). In addition to the print and radio media, Tom has featured in several wildlife documentaries, most notably a 45 minute programme entitled “Searching for Ireland’s giant sea turtles” which documented his attempt to satellite tag a leatherback sea turtle off Dingle. Tom has also featured in BBC’s Coast, RTE’s Wild Migrations and more recently he appeared in two episodes of Colin Stafford Johnson’s ‘Living the Wildlife’ TV Series (RTE).

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Alina Wieczorek Doctorate - Structured PhD (Science) Co-supervisor (1)
Aidan Long Doctorate - Structured PhD (Science) Supervisor
Ana Marquesmendes Doctorate - Structured PhD (Science) Supervisor