Anne Marie O’Hagan – Senior Research Fellow, Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI), Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Ireland
Role in the RiCORE project: Work Package 2: Profiling Member States consenting processes and reconciling EU legal requirements Leader.
Dr. Anne Marie O’Hagan has over 15 years of experience in coastal and marine research and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the MaREI Centre, University College Cork (UCC, Ireland). Her present research focuses on the law, policy and environmental aspects of ocean energy development and how these can be accommodated in planning and management systems. Dr. O’Hagan qualified in environmental science before undertaking a Ph.D. on the legal framework for coastal management in Ireland. She subsequently completed a degree in law whilst working on Law of the Sea projects in the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. O’Hagan moved to UCC in 2007 where she worked initially on national and European projects on coastal management and adaptation to climate change in coastal areas. In 2009, she took up a position under the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded, Charles Parsons Energy Research Award, a government initiative designed to build capacity in key research areas. She continues to be involved in multidisciplinary projects including those focused on aquaculture, spatial planning, environmental assessment and risk-based consenting for offshore energy. Dr. O’Hagan is a recognised expert on national and European coastal and marine legislation and policy and represents MaREI on a number of working groups (IEA-OES and EC Ocean Energy Forum) as well as the national industry association (MRIA).
Mark Jessopp – Senior Research Fellow, Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI), Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Ireland
Role in the RiCORE project: Work package 4 on Pre-consent Survey optimisation Task Leader (T4.3)
Dr. Mark Jessopp joined University College Cork in 2010 where his research focuses on habitat use and diet of top predators (mainly seabirds, seals and cetaceans), and interactions with human activities including fisheries, renewable energy installations, and offshore oil & gas. Mark is Principal Investigator on a number of projects including aerial surveys for marine mammals and seabirds (WESTWAVE, OBSERVE_Aerial), compilation, gap analysis and collection of at-sea survey data for marine mammals in Irish waters (KOSMOS), seabird tracking (PIP), and development of environmental monitoring programmes for marine renewables (MaREI). Dr. Jessopp is one of the most experienced biotelemetry researchers in Ireland, and his specialised knowledge in seabirds and marine mammals has been recognised through his contribution to prestigious nationally and internationally funded projects (Beaufort Eco-system Approach to Fisheries Management, FP7 KnowSeas) as well as contributing to the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Irish Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP). Dr. Jessopp currently has over 25 peer-reviewed papers and is a member of the ICES Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy.
Ross Culloch – Post-Doctoral Researcher, Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI), Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Ireland
Role in the RiCORE project: Task 4.3 of WP4 (Improving efficiencies in Pre-Consent Survey).
Dr. Ross Culloch joined University College Cork in 2013 as project co-ordinator for a marine monitoring programme, commissioned by Enterprise Energy Ireland Ltd, in accordance with the development of the Corrib gas field off western Ireland. Ross co-ordinated the project during both the latter stages of the construction phase (2013) and for the required post-construction (2014) phase. Ross has over ten years experience working on a broad range of projects in the marine environment, primarily focusing on marine mammals. Ross’s research interests and expertise are broad and include: behavioural ecology, survey design and monitoring approaches (abundance and distribution), ecological modelling and quantifying anthropogenic impacts.