Damien Haberlin

Damien Haberlin

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PhD Student


Dr Tom Doyle (NUIG) & Dr Rob McAllen


I completed a B.Sc. in Zoology in UCC, in 2005, after which I travelled and worked in various jobs. The most interesting was a year spent in the Yucatan, Mexico, teaching diving and coral reef ecology to volunteers from all over the world. I completed a M.Sc. in Marine Biology in UCC in 2010, researching jellyfish for my thesis. Subsequently I worked as a research assistant in the Coastal and Marine Research Centre, studying marine mammals in Co. Mayo. The subject of jellyfish and plankton always held the most fascination for me and I began a PhD in this field in 2014.



I am interested in jellyfish ecology and the influence of large scale hydrographic features on their ecology. Part of my PhD is applied research, working salmon aquaculture and finding ways to protect farms from harmful jellyfish species. I am also interested in applying biotelemetry techniques, commonly used to study vertebrates, to the study of jellyfish.



Culloch, R. M., P. Anderwald, A. Brandecker, D. Haberlin, B. McGovern, R. Pinfield, F. Visser, M. Jessopp and M. Cronin (2016). "Effect of construction-related activities and vessel traffic on marine mammals." Marine Ecology Progress Series 549: 231-242.

Minchin, D., J. M. Caffrey, D. Haberlin, D. Germaine, C. Walsh, R. Boelens and T. K. Doyle (2016). "First observations of the freshwater jellyfish Craspedacusta sowerbii Lankester, 1880 in Ireland coincides with unusually high water temperatures." BioInvasions Records 5(2): 67-74.

Doyle, T. K., A. Bennison, M. Jessopp, D. Haberlin and L. A. Harman (2015). "A dawn peak in the occurrence of ‘knifing behaviour’in blue sharks." Animal Biotelemetry 3(1): 1.

Culloch, R., A. Brandecker, C. Collins, D. Haberlin, K. Kruegel and B. J. McGovern "M. and Cronin, M.(2014)." Marine mammal monitoring in Broadhaven Bay 2013: 3-3.

Anderwald, P., A. Brandecker, M. Coleman, C. Collins, H. Denniston, M. D. Haberlin, M. O’Donovan, R. Pinfield, F. Visser and L. Walshe (2013). "Displacement responses of a mysticete, an adontocete, and a phacid seal to construction-related vessel traffic." Endangered Species Research 21.

Anderwald, P., M. D. Haberlin, M. Coleman, O. O. Cadhla, A. Englund, F. Visser and M. Cronin (2012). "Seasonal trends and spatial differences in marine mammal occurrence in Broadhaven Bay, north-west Ireland." Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 92(08): 1757-1766.

Robinson, K. P., J. O'Brien, S. Berrow, B. Cheney, M. Costa, S. M. Elsfield, D. Haberlin, L. Mandleberg, M. O'donovan and M. G. Oudejans (2012). "Discrete or not so discrete: Long distance movements by coastal bottlenose dolphins in UK and Irish waters." Journal of Cetacean Research and Management.

Anderwald, P., A. Brandecker, D. Haberlin, M. Coleman, C. Collins, M. O’Donovan, R. Pinfield and M. Cronin (2011). Marine mammal monitoring in Broadhaven Bay 2010, Progress Report to RSK Environment Limited Group. Coastal and Marine Research Centre, University College Cork, Ireland. University College Cork.

Bastian, T., D. Haberlin, J. E. Purcell, G. C. Hays, J. Davenport, R. McAllen and T. K. Doyle (2011). "Large-scale sampling reveals the spatio-temporal distributions of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata in the Irish Sea." Marine biology 158(12): 2639-2652.

Haberlin, M. D. (2010). Insights into jellyfish distribution and abundance provided by a platform of opportunity, National University of Ireland.

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K