Meet the team

Dr Tom Doyle

Image shows team lead, Tom Doyle. He has dark short hair and a beard and is in front of a grassy background. He is smiling at the camera

Dr Tom Doyle is the team lead on this initiative. He is a lecturer of zoology in the school of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science in University College Cork. His research interests are in gelatinous zooplankton, microplastic pollution and animal biotelemetry. Dr Doyle has published 60 peer review papers, has 3238 citations and a h-index of 31. He has published in Nature twice and in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE). He has successfully supervised six PhD students and is currently the lead supervisor for two PhD students.

Dr Damien Haberlin

Image shows Damien Haberlin out on a boat. He is wearing fishermans overalls, a hat, sunglasses and is holding a plankton net in one hand and the rope in the other

Dr Damien Haberlin is a post-doctoral researcher in the marine ecology group, based in the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) in University College Cork. He is currently working on the Wild Atlantic Mussel project but is also an active contributor to the plankton club. Dr Haberlin has contributed to 15 peer reviewed publications, with 3 as the lead author. He has extensive experience analysing pelagic zooplankton data, using GIS mapping software and interpreting oceanographic data.

Maria McGuinness

Maria McGuinness is pictured here. She is on a boat in a black jacket wearing a red life jacket. She has blonde hair tied back and is wearing sunglasses. Water is visible in the background

Maria McGuinness is a PhD student in University College Cork and MaREI supervised by Dr Tom Doyle, Dr Damien Haberlin and Prof Sarah Culloty. She is working on the JellyJet project which looks at the movement of harmful jellyfish within a seasonal coastal jet. She previously worked as a research assistant on the ZOEA initiative where her main role was as the coordinator of the plankton club. She organised for students to come into the lab and showed them how to use the equipment and count and identify plankton in the samples. She remains an active contributor to the project.

Professor Rob McAllen

Image shows close up of Professor Rob McAllen. He is smiling at the camera. He is wearing a blue shirt and red lifejacket. He has short brown hair.

Rob McAllen is a Professor of marine biology in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and is the research of the coordinator for the UCC labs at Lough Hyne Marine Nature Reserve in west Cork where many of the samples for plankton club are taken. He is also the programme director for the MSc in marine biology at UCC. Professor McAllen’s main research interest is conservation and sustainability of marine habitats but he also has a keen interest in the interdisciplinary role of culture, heritage and environmental priorities in protecting marine systems. He has been successful in achieving a number of high profile research grants. He is also actively involved in outreach to improve public awareness of the marine environment

Luke Harman

Image shows technical officer Luke Harman out on a boat. He is wearing a short sleeved red top, red lifejacket, baseball cap and sunglasses on the baseball cap. He has a short beard. He is holding a fish which he just caught using a fishing rod.

Luke Harman is a senior technical officer in the school of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in UCC. He previously worked as a research assistant in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Centre working on the larval culture of the purple sea urchin. He has a broad range of research interests, mainly focused on Aquaculture and Marine biology. He is heavily involved with maintaining the UCC research facility at the Lough Hyne Marine Reserve in west Cork. Luke has contributed to some highly impactful research articles in the journals Nature and Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Hannah Brownlow

Pictured is Hannah Brownlow. She is wearing fishermans overalls, a red buoyancy aid, a black t-shirt and blue face mask with penguins on it. She is out on a boat in the sun and is holding a plankton net just above the waters surface.

Hannah Brownlow is a PhD student at University College Cork supervised by Dr Tom Doyle and Dr Damien Haberlin working in partnership with MOWI and is funded by the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme. She is developing a forecast model of harmful jellyfish. She contributes to the plankton club through collecting samples for students to analyse and also offering help in the lab. Hannah contributed to a study which originated from her final year project on gut contents and microplastics in mesopelagic fish from the North Atlantic which was published in the peer reviewed journal Frontiers in Marine Science in 2018.

and of course all our undergraduate students!