• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 212 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
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Personal profile



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.

Education/Academic qualification


23 Sep 200626 Apr 2010


24 Sep 200224 Jun 2006

External positions

Affiliate Faculty

1 Jul 201730 Jun 2019

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Research Output 2009 2020

  • 212 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter

Combining fisheries surveys to inform marine species distribution modelling

Moriarty, M., Pedreschi, D., Sethi, S., Harris, B., Greenstreet, S., Wolf, N., Smeltz, S. & McGonigle, C., 20 Jan 2020, In : ICES Journal of Marine Science. 14 p., fsz254.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fishery survey

Benthic community structure at a remote temperate rocky reef in the Gulf of Maine, Cashes Ledge

Calvert, J. & McGonigle, C., 15 Nov 2019, Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat. Harris, P. (ed.). 2nd ed. Elsevier, p. 441-451 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Optimising protocols for high-definition imaging of historic shipwrecks using multibeam echosounder

Westley, K., Plets, R., Quinn, R., McGonigle, C., Sacchetti, F., Dale, M., McNeary, R. & Clements, A., 1 Jul 2019, In : Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 11, 7, p. 3629-3645

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Antimicrobial effects of freshwater sponge extracts from laboratory grown and riverine sponges

Cartwright, A., Arnscheidt, J., Dooley, J. & McGonigle, C., 14 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) Unknown Host Publication. p. 21-22 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Fresh Water
Klebsiella pneumoniae
Staphylococcus epidermidis

Dynamic occupancy modelling of temperate marine fish in area-based closures

Calvert, J., McGonigle, C., Sethi, S., Harris, B., Quinn, R. & Grabowski, J., 29 Oct 2018, In : Ecology and Evolution. 8, 20, p. 10192-10205 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
marine fish
dynamic models

Activities 2003 2003

  • 1 Publication Peer-review

Journal of Biogeography (Journal)

Chris Mc Gonigle (Reviewer)
31 Oct 2003

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review



Bivalve populations in freshwater environments: : viability, invasion, persistence and a potential role in the spread of antimicrobial resistance

Author: Strachan, B., Jun 2019

Supervisor: Arnscheidt, J. (Supervisor), Dooley, J. (Supervisor), McGonigle, C. (Supervisor), Macintosh, K. A. (Supervisor) & Rosell, R. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Freshwater Sponges and their Interaction with Bacteria Through Filtration, Retention and Antimicrobial Properties

Author: Cartwright, A., May 2018

Supervisor: Mc Gonigle, C. (Supervisor), Arnscheidt, J. (Supervisor) & Dooley, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Spatio-temporal dynamics of temperate marine systems; species, communities and habitat.

Author: Calvert, J., 31 May 2018

Supervisor: Quinn, R. (Supervisor) & Mc Gonigle, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis