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: Fish 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.
Freddie O Mahony, B.Sc M.Sc. H. Dip. in Ed.
Role: Macroalgal Hatchery Manager
Freddie O Mahony has more than 40 years of experience in aquaculture. She has worked in scientific and commercial facilities, including research and development. For the last 17 years, Freddie has single-handedly operated and managed a pilot-scale macroalgal hatchery in Bantry, Co.Cork Ireland. This work was funded by Bord Iascaigh Mhara. The hatchery produces over 20 km of seeded string annually for the Irish seaweed industry. Freddie has now joined the team at BMRS as a macroalgal hatchery manager. She hopes to transfer her knowledge and skills to the next generation of young algologists. Freddie will also continue her research into cultivating new species of red seaweeds.
Role: Research scientist
Dee holds an MSc in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing and an undergraduate degree in Zoology. Dee spent 5 years working in various marine mammal projects in Australia, including boat-based research on bottlenose dolphins in the renowned Shark Bay in Western Australia and aerial based surveys on all marine megafauna off the northwest waters of Western Australia. Dee has also worked on correlation of seabird and oceanographic variables using satellite data with University College Cork. With over 15 years’ experience in marine research, she has participated in EC FP6 & 7’s, INTERREG and numerous nationally funded projects. Dee is involved in a number of macroalgae based projects, including running trials for growing Asparagopsis armata onshore, and a study, commissioned by the European Commission (EC) to support the European Green Deal, this latter project is a study of Operational Research (OR) to potentially increase shellfish and algae farming and seabed restoration for decreasing the level of harming nutrients (recycling nutrients) and reducing greenhouse gas emission, while not affecting fisheries.
Hussein Ahmad Qulatein BSc, BBA, MSc & MEng
Role: PhD student
Hussein is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree (BIOREF) scholar specializing in the Biorefining field. His academic journey includes dual bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and business administration from Anadolu University and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. Driven by a passion for sustainability and renewable materials, Hussein actively seeks opportunities to contribute his expertise to academic and industrial endeavors. He envisions a future where innovative solutions promote sustainability. Beyond academia, Hussein is an adventurous globe trotter, which fuels his desire to discover novel solutions to sustainability challenges.
As he embarks on the MSCA DN SEACHEM Project, Hussein aims to refine bioactive compound extraction from seaweed while minimizing waste and environmental impact through green alternatives and innovative technologies at pilot-scale. Hussein is poised to be a driving force in offshore aquaculture innovation at BMRS.
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.
Role: PhD Student
Thomas studies the health and welfare of Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) species, focusing on Lumpfish, wrasses, and echinoderms and is part of the ESTFISH-ITN . His interest lies on understanding the role of light in the welfare of aquatic organisms as well as quantifying invertebrate pharmacokinetics.
Thomas is a registered Irish Veterinarian who holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest.