Dr Tom Doyle
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
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 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
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 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 is a PhD student at University College Cork supervised by Dr Tom Doyle and Dr Damien Haberlin working in partnership with MOWI . She is looking into developing a forecasting 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.
Gráinne Cronin O’Reilly
Gráinne Cronin O’Reilly is a reserach assistant in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UCC and is currently working on the ZOEA initiative. She studied zoology as her undergraduate degree at the National University of Ireland, Galway. As part of her research for this degree she studied the distribution and abundance of two planktonic copepods, Calanus finmarchicus and Calanus helgolandicus, in the North Atlantic and off the coast of Ireland. She has worked at the Sea Science gallery in the Galway City Museum and has worked on her brothers Pacific Oyster farm in Kerry.
and of course all our undergraduate students!