Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Rick

Contact Surname: Officer

Contact Address:

Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Galway, IRELAND.

Telephone Contact Number: +353 91 742484

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address:

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Marine and Freshwater Research Centre

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website:

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
GMIT’s Marine and Freshwater Research Centre conducts applied research to inform the sustainable management and utilisation of aquatic living resources. The MFRC research focus aligns with current national and international research needs, particularly the Sustainable Food Production and Processing priority identified recently by the Irish Government (Forfás) Research Prioritisation. The MFRC has substantial capacity and a strong reputation in strategically targeted areas of applied marine and freshwater research. Research is strongly policy driven and aims to underpin the future management of marine and freshwater ecosystems by sound, credible scientific advice. Commercial aspects of the MFRC’s research aim to mitigate the impacts, and maximise the value from utilisation of living aquatic resources. MFRC activity is focused on achieving three important outcomes: 1. Enabling sustainability: Our researchers help ensure the sustainable management of fisheries and their ecosystems by collecting, analysing and interpreting data; 2. Conserving biodiversity: Our scientists help to conserve biodiversity by assessing the response of aquatic species to human impacts and environmental stresses, and; 3. Improving productivity: Our team works closely with industry to research, test and identify innovative technologies that can improve productivity in the seafood sector. My particular research interests include: • Environmental effects of fishing, the utilisation of technical conservation measures to minimise the effects of fishing on non-target species and the use of discards estimates for assessing the impact of fishing; • Fisheries ecology and dynamics; • Risk and uncertainty assessment, multi-species and mixed-fisheries assessment, and; • Trophic functioning and ecology of demersal and benthic communities.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Fish biology Fish ecology Fisheries assessment Fisheries ecology Fisheries Marine ecology Microplastic pollution Population dynamics Quantitative ecology Seafood production Stock assessment

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

European Commission - Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) 2000-2006: Appointed as an independent expert to STECF and its Sub-Groups, including: • Research Needs: Data Collection Regulation Evaluations • Resource Status: Recovery Plan Evaluations (cod, hake & haddock) • Resource Status: Mixed Fisheries • Resource Status: Stock Status of European Community Fisheries International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES): • Elected Chairman - Working Group for the Assessment of Northern Shelf Demersal Stocks, 2003-2005. Participant in many other ICES Groups, including: • Review Group on Assessments of the Working Group for the Celtic Sea Ecoregion (2011) • Review Group on Assessments of the Working Group on Widely Distributed Stocks (2012) • Advisory Committee for Fisheries Management • Annual Meeting of Assessment Working Group Chairs • Expert Group on Rockall Haddock Recovery Plans • International Bottom Trawl Survey Working Group • Planning Group for Commercial Catch Discards and Biological Sampling • Review Group on Baltic Fisheries Assessments • Review Group on the Assessments of Northern Shelf Demersal Stocks • Study Group for Long-term Advice • Study Group for Precautionary Reference Points • Study Group for the Development of Fishery-based Forecasts • Study Group for the Precautionary Approach • Study Group on Survey Trawl Standardisation • Working Group for the Assessment of Southern Shelf Demersal Stocks

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

Partner - DAMARA Research Project: Scientific support for the development of a management plan in the Celtic Sea: A currently funded, internationally co-ordinated, and multi-annual research project addressing EC tender MARE/2012/22. Partner - MARES Joint Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health & Conservation ( The currently funded Erasmus Mundus programme is offered by a consortium of 24 partners originating from 14 different countries. MARES will focus on six scientific and applied fields, all dealing with the effects of the impact of humans on the natural marine environment. Partner - EMBC+ International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation ( Offered by a consortium consisting of 7 university partners and a wide global network of associate members coordinated by Ghent University. This programme emerged from an Erasmus Mundus funded programme, and is now self-sustaining.

LIFE and COST Actions

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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


 Environmental Governance and Information

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

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