Luke O’Reilly

Luke O’ Reilly, BSc (Hons)

Position: PhD Researcher

email: luke.oreilly@ucc.ie | twitter: @_LukeOReilly

Biography

Luke O’Reilly is a PhD student in the UCC Marine Geology Research Group. Graduating with a BSc in Geology from University College Cork in 2017, he joined the research group in January 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Andy Wheeler. Luke’s research ‘Understanding Key Geological Processes and Controls on Cold-water Coral Habitat Development in Submarine Canyons’ is part of the MMMonKey_Pro project, and is aimed at investigating the temporal dynamics of paleo-cold-water coral habitats on the Irish Porcupine Bank Canyon, with special attention to reef cessation and initiation. His interests include micropaleontology, oceanography, invertebrate zoology, and sedimentology.

Project

Luke currently works as a PhD researcher on the MMMonKey_Pro programme. Luke’s project within the programme is focused on the temporal habitat development and dynamics within the Porcupine Bank Canyon, NE Atlantic. The project uses ROV-guided vibro cores, CT-scanning, micro-fossils and geochemical techniques to determine the growth history of coral habitats, palaeo-canyon processes and coral tallus deposits as archives within the canyon.

Research Cruises

CE19014 – Monitoring Changes in Submarine Canyon Coral Habitats II (Day shift leader)

CE19008 – Monitoring Changes in Submarine Canyon Coral Habitats I (Night shift leader)

CE18011 – Controls of Cold-Water Coral Habitats in Submarine Canyons II (Night shift leader).

RV Belgica 2018/14 – GOLLUM: Research into the potential for “silent tsunamis” generated through mass-wasting in the Gollum Canal System, offshore SW Ireland.

RH17002 – Controls of Cold-Water Coral Habitats in Submarine Canyons.

CV17020 – Quantifying Irish Marine Placer Resources.

Awards

Networking and Travel Award – Marine Institute 2019 for the amount of €750

Networking and Travel Award – Marine Institute 2018 for the amount of €1200

Networking and Travel Award – Marine Institute 2018 for the amount of €551

Honourable mention (Poster Presentation) – Irish Geological Research Meeting 2019

Honourable Mention (Poster Presentation) – Irish Geological Research Meeting 2018

College Scholar – 2015/16  |  2016/17 –  Awarded  by University College Cork on the basis of his undergraduate results

Best Student 2016 – The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland – The Society’s departmental representatives award students with the highest rankings in Mineralogy & Petrology

Coverage/ Outreach 

RTÉ interview: https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/rnag/11071144

Thesis

O’Reilly, L.G.R., Meere, P.A. (2017). Building a chronology of hydrothermal vein suites, using field evidence and microthermometry, in Allihies.