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Associate Professor in Marine Ecology, University of Plymouth

I am a marine ecologist who works in both natural and artificial coastal environments. I am interested in the relationship between humans and coastal ecosystems (#Marine Community Ecology) and how this relationship has changed over time (#Historical Ecology). I am particularly interested in developing novel ways of making space for nature in human-dominated environments (#Eco-Engineering). See my TEDx talk for more information on Eco-engineering

Since completing my PhD at University College Dublin, Ireland in 2007, I have had various research positions in Hong Kong; Tampa, Florida; Bangor, North Wales; Galway, Ireland; Southampton, UK before finally and happily settling in Plymouth in beautiful southwest Britain.

I am currently a lecturer at the University of Plymouth. I teach on courses related to marine ecology, human impacts and conservation.


  • 2015–present
    Associate professor, University of Plymouth
  • 2014–2014
    Postdoctoral associate, University of Southampton
  • 2012–2014
    Associate lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • 2009–2011
    Postdoctoral research associate, Bangor University
  • 2007–2008
    Associate lecturer, University of South Florida
  • 2007–2007
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Hong Kong


  • 2007 
    University College Dublin, Ireland, PhD
  • 2003 
    University College Dublin, Ireland, BSc Zoology