Dr Mark Coughlan

Dr Mark Coughlan – UCC Marine Geology

Dr Mark Coughlan

Post Doctoral Researcher – UCD, Dublin, Ireland

a) Bio/Profile
I completed my BSc in geology at University College Cork in 2009. During that time, two stints as a research scientist onboard the RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager with Dr. Boris Dorschel and Prof. Andy Wheeler nurtured my interest in marine geology.
In 2010 I started my PhD at University College Cork within the Marine Geology Research Group, whilst also spending a year under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Tobias Mörz in his Marine Engineering Geology Working Group at the MARUM Center, University of Bremen. My PhD focused primarily on integrating and analysing geological, geophysical and geotechnical data to generate detailed offshore ground models in the Irish Sea and North Sea. The purpose of this work was to develop stratigraphic frameworks for the Quaternary deposits of these areas which would allow for glacial/interglacial palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and provide key baseline data for feasibility studies relating to offshore windfarms. In addition, as a result of this work, I also developed active research interests in sub-glacial processes and features (i.e. tunnel valleys), geohazards (i.e. shallow gas and sediment migration) and anthropogenic impacts on the seabed (i.e. trawling and radionuclide input).
Having completed my PhD in 2014, I took up employment within the Offshore Section at Gaelectric Developments Ltd with whom the Marine Geology Research Group had a longstanding collaboration.
 
b) Publication links
1. Coughlan, M., Fleischer, M., Wheeler, A.J., Hepp, D.A., Hebbeln, D. and Mörz, T. A Revised Stratigraphic Framework for the Quaternary Deposits of the German North Sea Sector: a Geological – Geotechnical Approach.Boreas: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213305415300060
2. Coughlan, M., Wheeler, A.J., Dorschel, B., Lordan, C., Boer, W., van Gaever, P., de Haas, H.  and Mörz, T. Record of anthropogenic impact on the Western Irish Sea mud belt. Anthropocene 9, 56-69.doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2015.06.001.
: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bor.12253/abstract
c) Awards
Project
Funding Body
Start
End
Award
Scour Potential Evaluation of the Western Irish Sea Mud Belt (SCOPE)
Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) Geoscience Research Programme (Short Calls) 2017
Dec 2017
Dec 2018
€25,000
Irish Sea Suitability Mapping for Novel Offshore Foundations (ISSMaNOF)
Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) Geoscience Research Programme (Short Calls) 2015
Dec 2015
Dec 2016
€25,000
Depositional History of the Western Irish Sea Mud Belt
Marine Institute (Ireland) Networking and Travel Awards
Aug 2013
Aug 2013
€750
Geological Evaluation of the Irish Sea and German North Sea; Comparable Development and Renewable Energy Potential
Marine Institute (Ireland) Networking and Travel Awards
Nov 2011
Nov 2011
€750
d) Projects
1. Offshore Renewable Energy Site Suitability Mapping (ORESSuM)
2. North Sea Quaternary Stratigraphy
3. Determination of below seabed geotechnical conditions using an innovative cone penetration testing (CPT) rig for offshore renewable energy deployment.
4. Irish Sea Suitability Mapping for Novel Offshore Foundations (ISSMaNOF)