Kieran Cowhig


Kieran completed his BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science at University College Cork in 2016. He then began a graduate program with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) in the Green seafood program. While with BIM he worked with seafood processors to improve their resource efficiency. This was done by increasing awareness of potential losses from energy, heating, water usage and suggesting ways to reduce waste production and transport costs. He returned to UCC in 2019 where he is currently undertaking a Research Master’s in Environmental Science.

Beyond his research, Kieran can be found playing hurling, kayaking, running, climbing and he occasionally attempts to play the guitar.

Research Interests

Kieran’s interests lie in the preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. He has always had an interest in the importance of protecting rivers and lakes in their unaltered pristine states. His love of kayaking underpins and drives this interest. His current research is involved with Margaritifera margaritifera, the freshwater pearl mussel, one of Irelands most critically endangered species.


  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Bioremediation
  • Conservation
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Limnology
  • Water Quality Monitoring


Year Citation
2021 Cowhig, K., Sullivan, T., and S. Harrison. "Lake-dwelling pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera) - A unique Irish phenomenon?" ENVIRON 2021, Online (2021).
Cowhig, K., Sullivan, T., and S. Harrison. "Lake dwelling pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera L.) - A unique Irish Phenomenon?" IFSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Online (2021). [Details]




Kieran Cowhig (MSc Student)
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES),
University College Cork,
Distillery Fields Campus,
North Mall,
Cork T23 TK30,



Kieran Cowhig

Contact Details:


Masters Student


Timothy Sullivan & Simon Harrison


BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Research Area:

Environmental Science


Past Members

Materials & Environmental Science Applications

Grúpa Taighde d'Ábhair & Feidhmeanna Eolaíocht Chomhshaoil

School of BEES, University College Cork, Cork Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30

Funding Sources