Julie Maguire Ph.D.
Role: Research Director
Dr Julie Maguire, research director of BMRS, has substantial project management experience.
Dr Maguire has co-ordinated and participated in numerous EC FP 4,5,6,7 projects. Dr Maguire acts as an expert advisor on several environmental matters and sits as a Vice Chair of Horizon 2020 (Marie Curie). Dr Maguire was awarded the Copernicus Masters Award from the European Space Agency for “Best service for European citizens”. Dr Maguire has successfully managed the research station since 2005 and is now driving the business to its new commercialisation goals. Dr Maguire is extensively published in peer reviewed and technical papers.
Role: Hatchery Manager
Luke Wilson has a degree in Marine Science from NUI Galway and an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from Trinity College Dublin. He has a number of years’ experience in commercial aquaculture, having worked in barramundi farming in Western Australia and salmon farming in Ireland. He has extensive experience in fish health and the practical applications of cleanerfish, namely wrasse and lumpfish.
Priya Pollard M.Sc.
Role: PhD student
Priya is currently working on project entitled “Ensiled seaweed as an alternative biorefinery input substrate” and is a part of the Innovative Training Network (INT) AgRefine.
Ms. Pollard holds a MSc. Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM) from the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Marine Sciences Department and a BSc. Major Biology and Minor Environmental Biology from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.
Silvia Blanco is a Second Year Aquaculture and Fisheries Master Degree student from University of Algarve. She joined BMRS in February 2018 and will carry out research on the structural and functional characterisation of high- value bio-active compounds from Alaria esculenta cultivated on long-lines in Bantry Bay as part of her Masters thesis. Silvia holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences and has participated in numerous environmental education projects in different countries addressing sustainable community issues. She has been involved in oceanographic campaigns and sampling methods regarding cephalopods and hake projects, demonstrating her enthusiasm for the sea and aquaculture. She is also an avid scuba diver. Silvia is very interested in sustainable aquaculture production, mainly in the seaweed field.
Enrique de Paz
Enrique is split between BMRS and Indigo Rock. His duties with BMRS are as a research scientist working with seaweeds and also running projects with Atlantic salmon and sea urchins. Enrique is a qualified environmental scientist having done his masters in Barcelona and now focusses his work on maintaining and organising several aspects of the commercial based research whilst supervising interns and liaising with the University of Cork.
Started at BMRS September 2018
Lucía Bascoy Otero
Lucia Bascoy Otero, research scientist. She holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela and a Masters in toxicology from the Official college of chemists of Sevilla. She joined BMRS in January 2019 and is currently carrying out research focused on the impact of ocean acidification in mussels’ development. Lucia has been involved in several environmental volunteering programmes regarding forestry and awareness-raising about climate change as well as 2-years experience on toxicological research. She is interested in environmental toxicology alongside sustainable and ecologically respectful manufacture strategies.