Marine

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Oceans offer opportunities for sustainable economic development but human activities are threatening marine ecosystems and sustainable maritime activities.  The EU has taken up this challenge by establishing an integrated maritime policy which emphasises a “European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research”. The research aims are to improve the understanding and the predictive capacity of marine ecosystems’ response to a combination of natural and anthropogenic factors, while fostering innovations to make the most of sea resources.  The Ryan Institute’s mission for Marine research is aligned with these broad aims.

Research into the marine environment of Irish coastal waters has a long history at NUI Galway, with strong early inputs from the old Departments of Zoology, Botany, Oceanography, Microbiology and the Applied Geophysics Unit. A Marine and Coastal Processes thematic research area encompasses research on Coastal Biogeochemical Processes, Ecosystems and Human Health, Marine Pathways, and the Changing Coast, and contributes to our vision for clean, healthy, safe and biologically diverse seas.

People:
My Photograph Prof. Colin Brown
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Phone: (091) 49 2691; Email: colin.brown@nuigalway.ie
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Prof. Brown is the Director of the Ryan Institute, and is the Project Manager for the €3.1M  Griffith Biogeoscience Project.  His research interests include: (i) investigating the structure of the crust (ii) electromagnetic induction methods (iii) acoustic, and seismic, imaging and classification of sediments (iv) marine habitat mapping using remotely operated vehicles.

Click here to listen to an interview with Professor Colin Brown on our Itunes podcast channel:

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Dr. Liam Morrison, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Liam Morrison
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Phone: (091) 493200; Email: liam.morrison@nuigalway.ie
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Research interests in the area of environment and health include the bioavailability, mobility, biomonitoring, and toxicity of metal contaminants in the environment. Current research includes biogeochemical investigation on elevated concentrations of metals from natural and anthropogenic sources in drinking water supplies. Dr. Morrison established and manages the Chemical Monitoring Facility at the Ryan Institute, NUIG.
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College of Engineering and Informatics
Phone: (091) 49 2502; Email: michael.hartnett@nuigalway.ie
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Research activities include coastal, shelf and ocean modelling; hydrodynamics; water quality modelling; numerical and scale modelling; structural dynamics (offshore structures and train-bridge interactions).
My Photograph Dr. Eugene Farrell
Geography
Phone: (091) 49 4336; Email: EUGENE.FARRELL@nuigalway.ie———Dr. Farrell’s research interests are in sediment transport processes in coastal and river environments. His research relies on the design and implementation of instrumented field experiments and, many times, in partnership with coastal research groups around the world. A driving motivation of his research is the conviction that informed decision making must be based upon empirical data as we try to predict how natural systems operate in response to (un)natural and human forcing.

Click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Eugene Farrell on our Itunes podcast channel:

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/ryan-institute-nui-galway/id949655061

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Earth and Ocean Sciences

Phone: + 353(0)91 49 3235 ; Email: anthony.grehan@nuigalway.ie

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Photo: Rachel Cave, Marine and Coastal Processes, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Dr. Rachel Cave
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Phone: (091) 49 2351; Email: rachel.cave@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Cave’s research focuses on ocean chemistry, groundwater-seawater interactions, and biogeochemical cycling in coastal waters.
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Earth and Ocean Sciences
Phone: (091) 49 2194;Email: peter.croot@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Croot is a graduate of the University of Otago, New Zealand where he completed his BSc and PHd in Chemistry. His general research areas are trace element specification, redox behaviour.

Photo: Robin Raine, Marine and Coastal Processes, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Robin Raine
Marine Microbiology
Phone: (091) 49 2271; Email: robin.raine@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Raine’s research interests are in the interactions between physical processes on the shelf and phytoplankton ecology, with a focus on the physical process important in promoting harmful algal events.

Click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Robin Raine on our Itunes podcast channel:

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/ryan-institute-nui-galway/id949655061

Photo: Stephen Nash, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Stephen Nash
Civil Engineering
Phone: (091) 49 3738; Email: stephen.nash@nuigalway.ie
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Stephen’s interests are in the numerical modelling of marine waters from shallow coastal waters to the deep ocean.  Particular processes of interest are tidal circulation, transport of pollutants,  water quality and primary production.
Dr. Martin White, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Martin White
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Phone: (091) 49 3214; Email: martin.white@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. White’s research interests include benthic dynamics; biophysical interactions; continental margin hydrography; cold water corals.
Dr. Kevin Lynch, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Kevin Lynch
Geography
Phone: (091) 49 5779; Email: kevin.lynch@nuigalway.ie
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Dr Lynch’s research interests are in the field of coastal geomorphology and integrated coastal zone management. He is primarily involved in field–based research of beach-dune systems, with the aim of elucidating links between short-term variables and longer-term morphological development.
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Dr. Ronan Long

Law

Phone: n/a; Email: ronan.long@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Stephen Hynes

Economics

Phone: n/a ; Email: stephen.hynes@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Ilaria Nardello

Ryan Institute

Phone: n/a; Email: ilaria.nardello@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Anne Marie Power

Zoology

Phone: (091) 49 3015 ; Email: annemarie.power@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Loise Allcock

Zoology

Phone: (091) 49 2322 ; Email: louiseallcock@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Robert Kennedy

Zoology

Phone: n/a; Email: robert.kennedy@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Dagmar Stengel

Botany & Plant Science

Phone: (091) 49 3192 ; Email: dagmar.stengel@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Richard Fitzgerald

Ryan Institute (Carna)

Phone: n/a Email: richard.fitzgeraldnuigalway.ie
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Dr. Maeve Edwards

Ryan Institute (Carna)

Phone: n/a; Email: maeve.edwardsnuigalway.ie
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Dr. Christine Domegan

Marketing

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Political Science and Sociology

Phone: + 353(0)91 49 3160 ; Email: brendan.flynn@nuigalway.ie

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Dr. Mark Johnson

Ryan Institute

Phone: (091) 49 5864; Email: mark.johnson@nuigalway.ie
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