Dr Chris McGonigle
PhD Benthic Habitat Mapping, Ulster University, 2010
PgCHEP Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, 2015
BSc Hons Marine Science, Ulster University, 2006
Chris teaches on a wide variety of modules in the environmental science and geography degree programmes at Ulster University. He also acts as the coordinator for the Diploma in Professional Practice, in which students can choose to undertake an intercalary (one year) programme of work experience with an industrial partner.
He is also actively involved in educational outreach, through his involvement as a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador.
Chris’s interdisciplinary research interests are focused on understanding what is driving patterns of biodiversity in marine environments, and how we can use acoustic techniques to develop our ability to monitor and conserve these resources most effectively.
Specific projects he is currently involved in include: mid-water and ocean floor mapping for fisheries stock assessment, species distribution and hydrodynamic modelling for benthic habitat mapping. This work is at the interface of marine ecology, acoustics, spatial analysis and numerical modelling.
Chris’s research has societal relevance and impact with implications for sustainable development of marine resources, and the conservation of marine biodiversity.