Ms Larissa Macedo

Position: MSc by research 



Larissa is a member of the Marine Geology Research Group since 2019. Larissa obtained her Bachelor in Geology from Universidade Federal de Sergipe in 2019 and technical degree in Information Technology from Instituto Federal de Sergipe in 2018. She has worked as undergraduate researcher in Palaeontology of Cretaceous marine environments, Coastal Sedimentology and Hydrogeology. As final year dissertation, Larissa developed research about the characterization of contamination sources in superficial and groundwater from Japaratuba River Basin in Sergipe/Brazil, using Hydrochemistry and Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) analysis through Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection (GC-FID). Larissa is currently developing a Masters by research project through the MMonKey_Pro.

Research Project

Larissa’s project focuses on advancing seabed mapping techniques for deep-water habitat classification in Submarine Canyons. She is currently working on the application of novel and existing multiscale mapping methods for 3D images in order to further understand CWC features in the Porcupine Bank Canyon (PBC). The key aims of Larissa`s research are to develop a 3D imaging classification workflow for deep-water habits as well as determining the appropriate mapping scale for different research objectives in Cold Water Coral habitats. The project utilizes a set of Structure-from-Motion(SfM) 3D models derived from ROV’s high-resolution video camera. Larissa is working under the supervision of Dr Aaron Lim, Professor Andy Wheeler and Professor Luis Conti (Brazil) within the MMMonKey_Pro Project.


DY108-109 – RRS Discovery cruise to the Darwin Mounds, Rockall Bank and Rockall Trough (Irish representative – Incoming)
CE19014 – Monitoring Changes in Submarine Canyon Coral Habitats II (Night shift scientist)
CE19008 – Monitoring Changes in Submarine Canyon Coral Habitats I (Night shift scientist)


Travel Grant AUV Workshop & Training 2019 – Eurofleets+ Blue Skills Lab for the amount of 350€
Science without Borders Scholarship (CsF) – CAPES – 1 year full-scholarship for undergraduate programme in University College Cork

Coverage/ Outreach

Eureka Summer Camps 2019 – ‘Science for Kids’ – Geology Lab instructor
1st Brazil Ireland Research Event 2018 – Representative speaker for Agri-food/Environment/Marine Science thematic area