Rob McAllen is a Professor within the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and is also research coordinator for the University College Cork labs at Lough Hyne Marine Nature Reserve in West Cork. He has been in Cork since 2002 with previous positions held at University of Aberdeen and University of York. He is a marine biologist with a number of different research areas including conservation, sustainability and animal adaptations to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. He is also actively involved in the role of outreach in helping marine systems.
He is currently External Examiner for the Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology Degree at GMIT and has been extern for the Marine Biology degree at the University of Aberdeen in the UK (2013-2017) and was Extern for the Coastal Marine Biology at the University of Hull prior to that (2009-2012). In addition, he has been the Programme Director for the MSc Marine Biology at University College Cork for over 12 years as well as a scientific advisor for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) and the European Science Foundation and a reviewer for the UK Natural Environment Research Council. Rob is also heavily involved at School, College and University levels in Academic Programmes and Curriculum Development being chair of various committees.