GMIT launches four new PhD research scholarships in partnership with the Marine Institute

GMIT’s Research and Innovation Department has announce four new Cullen Scholarship projects. Each project offers exciting opportunities to suitably qualified graduates to undertake funded PhD research in marine science and biodiversity conservation in the west.

The four Cullen PhD scholars will be supported by academics in the GMIT Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC ) at the Dublin Road campus (Galway ), with practical training carried out using the Marine Institute laboratory facilities, historical datasets, equipment, and infrastructures including access to the national marine research vessels.

“GMIT is delighted to deepen its strong collaboration with the Marine Institute through the Cullen Scholarship Programme," said Dr Rick Officer, GMIT vice president for research and innovation. "Together we are committed to training Ireland’s next generation of marine scientists and to realising the goals of the National Marine Research and Innovation Strategy”.

The four Cullen PhD Scholarships titles are as follows:

Biodiversity conservation and restoration in the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park (Mayo ) – this project aims to assess terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna within the park and evaluate key interactions which define the wilderness area, providing a strong scientific base for nature conservation and biodiversity enhancement activities. The MFRC’s Dr Heather Lally leads this project.

Biological changes in key commercially exploited fish in the light of climate and ocean change - working with the ClimFish project team, an established GMIT/Marine Institute collaboration, the aim is to build understanding of how climate change impacts life history traits in commercial fish species using survey data and historical otolith (fish earstone ) collections. The MFRC leader associated with this project is Dr Deirdre Brophy, centre leader of the MFRC.

Improving fishing survey indices though the use of spatiotemporal models - understanding how to appropriately apply spatiotemporal models to improve indices is a key scientific question to be addressed in this project. The MFRC leader associated with this project is Dr Cóilín Minto.

Machine learning assisted detection and prediction of climate change related anomalous events in complex marine systems - the project aims to utilise deep learning approaches to enable online short-term prediction of anomalous and/or extreme marine events which may impact the commercial aquaculture sector. The MFRC’s Dr Olga Lyashevska leads this project.

Further information on each project and application details are available on Applications for all projects close at 12 noon on Thursday January 28.

The Cullen Scholarships are being conducted with the support of the Marine Institute and funded under the Marine Research Programme 2014-2020 by the Irish Government.


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