Amy completed her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology in University College Dublin in 2010. Her thesis focused on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of intertidal rock pools. A year after graduating she developed her interest in conservation and outreach. This interest resulted an MRes in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems in the University of St. Andrews and the Scottish Association from Marine Science in 2012. She completed a desk-based study on the patterns of Marine Protected Area designation in the European Union. She began a PhD University College Cork in 2013. The PhD was titled Health of Marine Waters on the Southwest coast within and outside a Marine Reserve’s waters. It was funded by the Thomas-Crawford Hayes fund for biological sciences.
Amy is largely interested in marine conservation and the ecology of intertidal ecosystems. During her PhD she became interested in parasites of intertidal communities. The aim of PhD was to study the variation of parasites of intertidal invertebrates in areas of differing water quality. The study later focused on the dominant macroparasites of intertidal invertebrates; parasitic flatworms or trematodes. Trematodes can manipulate and castrate intertidal invertebrates. Trematode distributions have implications for intertidal invertebrates’ ecological interactions, fertility and potential market value.
Dissections & Tissue Compressions
Common Mussel Mytilus spp.
Common Periwinkle Littorina littorea
Common Limpet Patella vulgata
Common Dogwhelk Nucella lapillus
Green shore crab Carcinus maenas
Ragworm Hediste diversicolor