• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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PhD Benthic Habitat Mapping, Ulster University, 2010

PgCHEP Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, 2015

BSc Hons Marine Science, Ulster University, 2006

Teaching Interests

Chris teaches on a wide variety of modules in the environmental science and geography degree programmes at Ulster University. He also acts as the coordinator for the Diploma in Professional Practice, in which students can choose to undertake an intercalary (one year) programme of work experience with an industrial partner. He is also actively involved in educational outreach, through his involvement as a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador.

Research Interests

Chris’s interdisciplinary research interests are focused on understanding what is driving patterns of biodiversity in marine environments, and how we can use acoustic techniques to develop our ability to monitor and conserve these resources most effectively. Specific projects he is currently involved in include: mid-water and ocean floor mapping for fisheries stock assessment, species distribution and hydrodynamic modelling for benthic habitat mapping. This work is at the interface of marine ecology, acoustics, spatial analysis and numerical modelling. Chris’s research has societal relevance and impact with implications for sustainable development of marine resources, and the conservation of marine biodiversity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Mapping benthic habitat using acoustic remote sensing; Ulster University

23 Sept 200626 Apr 2010

Award Date: 12 Dec 2010

Bachelor, Marine geoarchaeological analysis of H.H.S. Glasgow, (1896), Ras Shangani, Zanzibar. A site formation processes study

24 Sept 200224 Jun 2006

Award Date: 24 Jun 2006

External positions

Affiliate Faculty, Alaska Pacific University, 4101 University Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA

1 Jul 201730 Jun 2019


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