Starting in May 2020, UCC Marine Geology Research Group will be hosting a number of marine related web sessions. Speakers are invited to give a somewhat broad talk on a marine-sub discipline of their choice.

As it stands, we have 4 speakers line up for your entertainment: Matthias López Correa (Istituto di Scienze Marine – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche & GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), Robin Fentimen (Université de Fribourg), Dr. Mark Coughlan (University College Dublin, Irish Center for Research in Applied Geosciences & Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions) and Dr. Jared Peters (University College Cork & MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy).

Up first, we have Matthias López Correa talking on all things geochemistry with respect to Cold-water Corals (CWCs). Matthias has a wealth of knowledge on oceanographic proxies, radiogenic isotopes and using CWCs as archives for climate change.

Second up, Mr. Robin Fentimen. Robin is a wiz when it comes to looking at tiny little creatures called foraminifera, which live in sediment or, at least, very close to the sea floor. Robin will share for us what these creatures are and how he has uses them to figure out what in-the-hell happened to coral reefs during glacial periods.

Last, but not least Dr. Mark Coughlan will be concluding May’s proceedings. He is the brains behind where is best to build windfarms . He will be giving us a background in the offshore wind industry, as well as the work that he does himself, in supporting that development both in Ireland, but further afield.


Junes schedule is pretty sweet. We have Dr. Jared Peters(University College Cork & MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy), Dr. Adriane Lam, Aileen Bohan and Dr. Vicki Ferrini in line for talks!

For the first webinar for June, we have Dr. Jared Peters who will tell us all about how he uses glaciers and foraminifera to disentangle what happened during the Quaternary off the west coast of Ireland. Jared is currently very busy with finishing papers, and we were very lucky to snatch him for an hour!

We then have Dr. Ardiane Lam speaking to us about her research on foraminifera off the East coast of Japan. Her study site is really important to the Japanese economy, and her job is to figure out what happened there during the Pliocene to predict what might happen in the future!

Aileen Bohan will join us on the 17th of June, to educate us on seafloor mapping! She has been on some cool expeditions so far in her career, including a mission to map the 5 deepest points on earth! Aileen gives a valuable insights into how to get into this line of work, as well as where you can access free data.

Last but by certainly no means least for the month of June, Dr. Vicki Ferrini will be further talking about seafloor mapping. She has over 20 years of experience in this field and is one of the major players behind projects such as Seabed2030.

Kicking off proceedings for July, Dr. Margaret Rae joins Luke to discuss the the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA). She is the former Director of the AORA Coordination & Support Action ( CSA). If you are interested in how policy of the Atlantic (or any oceans mind you) this is the webinar for you!

UCC’s own Luke O’Reilly will talk about his journey so far to where he is in his PhD, and will also discuss his current research on Cold-water corals.

Dr. Dave McCarthy will give us an insight into some geophysical data from the Falkland Plateau. His position as a structural geologist in the British Geological Survey has taken him all over the world, and this webinar is sure to be a treat given his life experience.

Finishing off the month of July, Dr. Florian Pohl will explain how himself and his team in Durham University believe the majority of micro-plastics worldwide, could be brought to the seafloor via turbidity currents.

Each webinar will take place at 1300 GMT every Wednesday via Microsoft Teams. They will be recorded, so don’t worry if you miss any important information!

To book your place and access the recordings, please register here.