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The Team

Our policy has been to build an experienced and multidisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds. Our team’s expertise includes: scientific research, teaching, business, communications and project management.


Name: David Murphy 
Nationality: British
Position: General Manager
Qualifications: BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography
Background: I have worked at AquaTT since 2000, and head up AquaTT’s dynamic multi-disciplinary team to help bridge the gap between science and society.


marieke for business cards Name: Marieke Reuver
Nationality: Dutch
Position: Programme Manager
Qualifications: MSc Animal Sciences, specialising in animal production systems
Background: I worked as an Education Assistant at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and as a consultant at FAO (Italy).


olivia Name: Olivia Daly 
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Project Manager, Communications Team Manager (MATES)
Qualifications: BA Mod Environmental Science
Background: I previously worked under a Stagiaire Programme with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government researching Ireland’s approach to communicating information about climate change.

Laura Richardson Name: Laura Richardson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Finance Manager
Qualifications: FCCA, IEMBA
Background: Professional Accountant with diverse practical experience across multiple sectors with a demonstrable record of achievement in driving commercial success in complex organisations. Experience in Multinational organisations, Health and Education sector at senior level.

cliona Name: Cliona Ní Cheallacháin 
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Project Manager (COLUMBUS, GENIALG, PerformFISH)
Qualifications: BSc Microbiology, Zoology and Genetics
Background: Originally from Galway, I previously worked in the family business farming salmon off the west coast of Ireland.


Emer Name: Emer Cooney
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (Sea Change, SEAFOODTOMORROW)
Qualifications: Bsc. Environmental Biology, Msc. Biodiversity & Conservation, Broadcast Video Production (QQI Level 6)
Background: Prior to joining AquaTT, I worked as a freshwater policy analyst, and subsequently with the communications team of a large multinational environmental consultancy. I trained in broadcast video production to communicate science using visual media. I have experience in business and brand development, and I have a good knowledge of emerging hardware and software technologies.


Anette Name: Annette Wilson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (ATLAS)
Qualifications: PhD (Oceanography), BSc (Marine Science)
Background: My academic background is in Oceanography/Marine Biogeochemistry. Before joining AquaTT, I worked in a support science role for an international training programme (POGO Centre of Excellence at the Alfred Wegner Institute on Helgoland). My interests include science communication, knowledge management and the deep sea.


Darren Clarke Name: Darren Clarke
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (AQUAEXCEL2020, BIOCON-CO2)
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Business), PhD
Background: Before joining the AquaTT team, I completed a PhD at Maynooth University (Ireland) examining the social and governance challenges of adapting to climate change. I have also spent a number of years working in the financial services industry, helping to simplify and communicate financial services for a broad range of clients.


Name: Georgia Bayliss-Brown
Nationality: British
Position: Senior Knowledge Transfer Officer (COLUMBUS, REvivED Water, INvertebrateIT, ASSEMBLE Plus)
Qualifications: MSc Environmental Management and Assessment, BSc Environmental Sciences
Background: With an academic background in marine climate change and 10 years’ experience in international science project management, I specialise in generating impact from research through targeted knowledge transfer to science, policy, industry and society.


Keegan copy Name: Keegan Porter
Nationality: American
Position: Knowledge Transfer and Impact Officer (COLUMBUS)
Qualifications: MSc Environmental Policy
Background: Before retraining in environmental policy, I worked as a military communications officer and a logistics and technical specifications assessor, and I am experienced in transferring technical knowledge to non-technical audiences. My MSc thesis looked at the perception of marine science and regulations among fishing communities.


Alan BW cropped copy1 Name: Alan Shalvey
Nationality: Irish
Position: Communications Assistant (EuroMarine)
Qualifications: MSc Science Communications; BA Double Honours in English and Mathematical Physics
Background: I have experience across a wide range of communications, including print, social media and blogging. My MSc thesis focused on how science is informally perceived in entertainment media.


Lauren Name: Lauren Goodwin
Nationality: Irish
Position: Scientific Project Assistant
Qualifications: BSc Nutraceuticals for Health and Nutrition
Background: My academic background is in food bioactives and their use in preventing and mitigating disease. I also have a strong interest in microbiology and novel antimicrobials, focusing on such topics through research in the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute and in my BSc thesis on the antimicrobial efficacy of cold atmospheric plasma in biofluids.


Mara Name: Mara Achetraritei
Nationality: Romanian
Position: Scientific Project Assistant
Qualifications: B.A. Double Honours Anthropology & French; MPhil Race, Ethnicity & Conflict; Certificate in Environmental Studies; MSc Environmental Sustainability
Background: Before re-directing my career towards environmentalism, I worked for several years as a market researcher. Given my previous studies as well as professional experience, I am particularly interested in behavioural climate change mitigation.


Peadar Name: Peadar Ó Raifeartaigh
Nationality: Irish
Position: Communications Assistant
Qualifications: MSc Science Communication, BSc Neuroscience
Background: Before pursuing science communication professionally, my previous roles included work as an anti-money laundering analyst, and as an English language teacher at a Polish high school.  My MSc thesis focused on barriers to effective public engagement on the EU-funded NERRI Project.


fida Name: Fidaa Marouf
Nationality: Syrian
Position: Project Assistant
Qualifications: Bachelors' Degree in Dentistry (level 8 on NFQ)
Background: I worked for three years as a dentist in a private practice before I moved to Ireland, and I am a member of the steering committee at the University of Sanctuary Ireland, DCU.
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