Mr Ruaihri Strachan

Position: MSc by research

Email: ruaihristrachan@gmail.com | Twitter: @Ruaihri

Biography
Ruaihri Strachan is an MSc by research student in the UCC Marine Geology Research Group. He has a BSc in Earth and Ocean Sciences, graduating from NUI Galway in 2019, and has joined our research group in October 2019. Ruaihri’s interests include seabed mapping, geomorphometry, photogrammetry and petrology.
 
Project
Ruaihri’s project is focused along Ireland’s continental margin, locating suitable bedrock exposure for ROV rockdrill sampling. Through refined deep sea mapping techniques, 3D outcrop modelling, and petrographic analyses, Ruaihri is aiming to update our current knowledge of Ireland’s offshore geology, whilst assessing the functionality and efficiency of novel ROV rockdrilling capabilities. His research aims to bridge the gap between Ireland’s terrestrial geological understanding and that of its offshore, whilst assessing novel methods for ‘submersible fieldwork’. The study is currently concentrated at the Porcupine Bank Canyon.


Research Cruises

CE20011 – Systematic Monitoring Survey of the Moira Mound Chain (Night Shift Scientist)
CV20003 – Eurofleets+ Floating University (Training Survey) CE19015 – Sensitive Ecosystem Assessment and ROV Exploration of Reef 2019 (Marine Geoscientist) CE19014 – Monitoring Changes in Submarine Canyon Coral Habitats II (Day Shift Scientist) CE19009 – Ocean Climate Section (Day Shift Scientist)

Awards
Commendation (Poster Presentation) – Irish Geological Research Meeting 2020 Eurofleets+ Floating University – Participant (2020) William King Medal – Earth and Ocean Sciences, NUI Galway (2019) Palaeontological Association Undergraduate Prize (2018)

Coverage/ Outreach
Native Scientists Galway – demonstrator for international childrens workshop event (March and May 2019).

Thesis
MSc (current) – Bedrock Target analysis for ROV Rockdrill sampling and existing sample stratigraphic and mineralogical verification (BeTar_drill) Undergraduate – The solid geology of East Clare Island, Clew Bay, County Mayo