The value of the Irish Geoscience Sector to the Irish Economy.

A newly published report (November 2017) puts a value of nearly €3.3 billion on the overall economic impact of the Irish geoscience outputs for 2016.  This covers Geotourism & Geoheritage, Groundwater, Extractive Industries, Geoscience Research and Geohazards.  For 2016, more than 15,000 people were directly employed in the sector, with a further 9,600 indirectly employed, giving a total of nearly 25,000.

QS World University Rankings

In the recently released QS World University Rankings Earth and Ocean Sciences  has retained its high ranking in the top 200 worldwide, reflecting the quality of teaching and research on offer, and it also reflects the quality of the students and the student experience.   You can read more about these rankings at:


Geology Is Dramatic

Dr Tiernan Henry’s short essay (Geology Is Dramatic) appeared on RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany show on November 20, 2016. The piece focuses on some of the oldest rocks in Ireland. The link to the show is:


Dr David McNamara joins EOS

Dr David McNamara

David McNamara graduated with a BA (Mod) in Natural Sciences from TCD in 2005. From there David went on to complete his PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2009 working to understand the micro-deformation processes of high grade eclogite metamorphic rocks in the Italian Alps. After finishing his PhD, David took a position as a scientist in the Natural Resources Division of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand. There David worked on developing an expertise in geothermal borehole logging and geomechanics which he used to assist government agencies and energy companies develop geothermal resources in New Zealand, the USA, Indonesia, and the Philippines. David’s research in subsurface structural characterisation led to his involvement with the New Zealand Deep Fault Drilling Program, drilling into the Alpine Fault in order to understand the architecture and assess the earthquake risk of this large plate bounding structure. In the last few years David’s geomechanics research has also evolved towards understanding the structural nature of New Zealand’s potential unconventional petroleum resources, as well as the mechanics of slow slip earthquakes along the Hikurangi subduction margin in New Zealand. 

In addition to his research David has also worked to highlight and support the development of Early Career Researchers as a previous Chair of the Wellington Early Career Researchers, the Founding Chair of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s ECR Forum, and as a former member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Council. 

William King Medal 2016

William King Medal recipent 2016

This medal is named after Professor William King, the first Professor of Geology at NUI Galway. He was one of the founders of modern paleontology. The medal may be awarded to a student(s) who demonstrate outstanding performances in their final year B.Sc. (Hons.) in Earth & Ocean Sciences. Such performances will include first class standard on written and practical exams, first class standard in field project work and largely first class in semester projects.

The medal was awarded to Eoghan Daly, EOS  graduate 2016, by Professor Peter Croot, EOS  Head of Discipline following the graduation ceremony on Thursday, 13th October 2016.

Barbara Glynn Medal

Barbara Glynn Medal recipient 2016

The Barbara Glynn Medal for outstanding performance on fieldwork in 3rd year goes to EOS student Sean Daly.
In October 2014 many staff members of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the National University of Ireland Galway have been affected by the sudden loss of a friend and former student Mrs. Barbara Smith (nee Glynn). Barbara carried out her undergraduate as well as postgraduate studies in Galway before starting a career in teaching. EOS decided to honour Barbara’s memory and to establish an undergraduate medal in her name. The Barbara Glynn Medal will be given annually to an outstanding 3rd Year student for fieldwork performance.

Acting HOD Dr Martin White awarded the medal for 2016 to student Sean Daly at a reception in the James Mitchell Geology Museum in November.  Barbara Glynn's husband Andrew Smith and their two children attended this inaugural presentation of the medal.

Recent PhD awards

EOS PhD awards

Dr Sarah Blake and Dr Annette Wilson were awarded their PhDs at a ceremony in NUIG on Tuesday November 22, 2016.

Sarah’s study – funded by SFI and DIAS – focused on better understanding the working of warm springs using geochemical and geophysical techniques. She was supervised by Dr Tiernan Henry

Annette studied the physical dynamics that controls the organic matter transport through submarine canyons at the continental margins.  Annette was an NUIG Hardiman fellowship recipient. She was supervised by Dr Martin White and Dr Robin Raine.