Webinar Videos

Established in May 2020, UCC Marine Geology Research Group hosted a number of marine related web sessions. Speakers are invited to give a somewhat broad talk on a marine-sub discipline of their choice, knowing that members of the public would be watching.

This season comes to a close in early October, but the group intend to start a second season in early – mid 2021.

If you are interested in talking at the webinars in the future, please email luke.oreilly@ucc.ie

Deep-Sea Corals: The Best Storytellers

Recorded on the 13.05.2020

Matthias López Correa is a geoscientist currently enrolled as a PhD Student & Associated Researcher in the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg. Here, his key-research objectives is paleoclimate research and proxy development in various archives, including deep-sea corals, travertines and speleothems.

He is also currently employed at the Italian National Research Council, within the Marine Science Institute, in the project ICECLIMALIZERS. Therein, he deals with deep-sea corals and other carbonate-shelled organisms (barnacles, bivalves, etc.) to test their mineralogy and geochemical composition, to establish proxies for the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

He participated in EU projects HERMES and HERMIONE and contributed also to the ESF project CARBONATE.

Enjoy the first installment of the Wednesday Webinar series conducted by the UCC Marine Geology Research Group.

Deep-sea Microfossils: Whats the Story in Ireland & the Mediterranean?

Recorded on the 20.05.2020

Robin Fentimen is a PhD student based at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is an expert on benthic foraminifera, tiny little creatures 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 happened to coral reefs in Ireland and the Mediterranean during glacial periods.

This was the second installment of the Wednesday Webinar series conducted by the UCC Marine Geology Research Group.

Building Offshore Windfarms in the Quaternary

Recorded on the 27.05.2020

Dr. Mark Coughlan (follow him on Twitter here) is a Marine Geoscientist, specializing in offshore windfarm development. He is a Post-doctoral researcher at the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) at University College Dublin (UCD) and is a consultant geologist in Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions. To date, he has been involved in 12 windfarm management projects and has a vast knowledge on shallow and sub-seafloor geological characteristics.

So sit back, relax and enjoy Mark doing his thing as part of the third UCC Marine Geology Research Group Wednesday Webinars episode!

Marine Palaeoglaciology: a cold and salty whodunnit

Recorded on the 03.06.2020

Dr. Jared Peters is a post-doctural researcher in the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Environmental Research Institute, and UCC Marine Geology Research Group. Jared is an expert on British and Irish Ice-sheet dynamics and foraminifera.

If you like what Jared is all about, you can follow him on Twitter y’know!

This is the 4th installment of the Wednesday Webinar series conducted by the UCC Marine Geology Research Group.

Tiny Fossils, Big Currents: Pliocene Reconstruction of the Kuroshio Current Extension

Recorded on the 10.06.2020

Dr. Adriane Lam is a micropaleontologist and science communicator, with a diverse range of expertise ranging from the Ordovician to the Pliocene. Her current research uses planktic foraminifera to understand how the Kuroshio Current has changed through geological time.

Some of Dr. Lams pages can be found here:



Follow Dr. Lam on Twitter!

Mapping the Seafloor: From Inshore Ireland to the Abyss

Recorded on the 17.06.2020

Aileen Bohan is a hydrographer and geologist who is currently working on INFOMAR, Geological Survey of Ireland investigating bathymetric, oceanographic, and shallow seismic data In Irish waters. She is an active member of the GEBCO community, promoting the goals of the Seabed 2030 project in her role as Vice-chair of GEBCO’s Sub-Committee on Regional Underwater Mapping (SCRUM).

Follow Aileen on Twitter here!

Mapping the Ocean: Earth’s Final Frontier

Recorded on the 24.06.2020

<20% of our oceans have been mapped. Both mars and the moon have been mapped 100%. Looking to fix this issue is Dr. Vicki Ferrini. She is is a seafloor mapper based at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and is and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. She currently serves as the Chair of GEBCO’s Sub-Committee on Regional Undersea Mapping. She also is head of the SEABED2030’s Regional Center for Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

Vicki has a Twitter!

For more information on SEABED2030 click here

Developments in Atlantic Research Policy (2015-2020)

Recorded on the 01.07.2020

It’s time to talk policy as we get a behind the scenes look at the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA), a joint effort by the EU, the US and Canada to pool resources and efforts for the betterment of the Atlantic.

Luke is joined by Dr. Margaret Rae, the foramer Director of AORA Coordination & Support Action (CSA). She breaks down how AORA is set up, what’s to come and the All Atlantic Youth Ambassadors.

Studying Corals *as a Geologist

Recorded on the 15.07.2020

Luke is a PhD student based in the School of BEES, in University College Cork. His work focuses on deep-sea cold water coral reefs in the NE Atlantic Ocean.

During this webinar, he discusses his experiences at University and gives a preliminary insight into his work completed so far!

Tectonic Evolution of the Falklands Plateau: Insights from Offshore Data

Recorded on the 22.07.2020

In this episode of the UCC Marine Geology Research Group Wednesday Webinar, Luke speaks to Dr. Dave McCarthy is the project manager for the Falkland Islands Government geoscience consultancy at the British Geological Survey.

Dr. McCarthy shows off some pretty sweet datasets, and discuss the geological history of the Falkland Plateau.

Microplastic Transport, Dispersal & Accumulation in Seafloor Sediments – Dr. Florian Pohl

Recorded on the 29.07.2020

Dr. Florian Pohl is a Sedimentologist who specializes in microplastic transportation in turbidity currents.

This webinar shows off Dr. Pohl’s postdoc work in Utrecht University, where he and his colleagues made some discoveries in how plastic debris is deposited in our oceans. Luke co-hosts this with recently joined member to the UCCMGRG, Dr. Alicia Mateos Cárdenas.

Living on the Edge: From Deep Sea to Outer Space – with Dr. André Antunes

Recorded on the 26.08.2020

Dr. André Antunes is an Associate Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences, in the recently established at Macau University of Science and Technology. Himself and his team are trying to figure out if life can exist on other planets by studying organisms living in some of the most extreme places on earth.

Marine Geology in Context: Ordering the Ocean Through Science, Law & Politics – Philip E. Steinberg

Recorded on the 02.09.2020

Prof. Philip E. Steinberg is a professor of Political Geography in Durham University. He is the author and editor of several books including “The Social Construction of the Ocean” and “Contesting the Arctic”. In this UCC Marine Geology Research Group Wednesday Webinar, Philip dives head first into how the ocean is divided up, with an emphasis on Article 76 from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Youth for the Atlantic Ocean: How to Make a Real Change – Eimear Manning & Eugénia Barroca

Recorded on the 09.09.2020

On this webinar, we hear from Eimear Manning and Eugénia Barroca, who are the respective Irish and Portuguese representatives of the Atlantic Youth Ambassador Program. They cover the benefits of being part of the ambassadorship, which range from personal development to contact building.

SeaRover – A comprehensive Assessment of Irelands Offshore Reef Biodiversity – David O’Sullivan

Recorded on the 07.10.2020

On the final episode of this webinar series, Luke is joined by David O’Sullivan, a Marine Biologist in INFORMAR.

David gives us a behind the scenes insight into a recent scientific expedition, Sensitive Ecosystem Assessment and ROV Exploration of Reef Habitat (SEAROVER), which gained national and international recognition for a number of its discoveries. From project planning to gnarly footage, this webinar pretty much has it all.