Ryan Institute Biodiversity and Bioresources Research Cluster

The mission of the Ryan Institute Biodiversity and Bioresources Research Cluster is to promote NUI Galway research in biodiversity and bioresources in a supportive and collegiate manner. The cluster serves as a platform to facilitate collaborative efforts between cluster members, and to identify external collaborative links for individuals and the cluster as a whole.  The cluster highlights members’ research achievements and seeks to identify funding sources, and to link those resources to member Principal Investigators (PIs), in order to support individuals and groups in producing outputs from their research.

The Biodiversity and Bioresources Research Cluster is focussed on two linked areas: 1) the biodiversity, ecology and evolution of species, habitats and ecosystems and 2) the materials, products and services (potential and existing) provided by natural resources. Our PIs have specialisms in mapping biodiversity in all domains of life (Archaea, Bacteria, Eukaryota) ranging from the Deep Sea to terrestrial systems. We capture significant research funding in the areas of bioprospecting, biodiscovery and sustainable resource use, but we also tackle environmental problems and have major projects in the area of bioremediation and ecosystem health. We explore the role biological organisms play in ecosystem processes and services, and how the environment should be best monitored and conserved. We collaborate closely with the State Agencies including the Marine Institute, who have custody of the National Research Vessels, based in Galway, and also with National Parks and Wildlife Service.  The Biodiversity and Bioresources Research Cluster is a large cluster, comprising more than 30 PIs at NUI Galway with a very high-quality network of international collaborators. Within NUI Galway, there are several Ryan Institute Centres and Core Facilities of enabling activities with whom we closely collaborate (e.g. modelling & informatics, socioeconomics and policy, Carna Research Station, GIS Centre).