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UCC Ornithology Group

The Ornithology Group at University College Cork (UCC) is made up of staff based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), and at the MaREI Centre (part of the Environmental Research Institute).


School of BEES

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) comprises diverse specialities covering marine, terrestrial and fresh water environments. The School was formed in 2010 through the amalgamation of the former Department of Geology, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science (ZEPS) and the Environmental Science Programme at University College Cork. BEES is a recognised leader in teaching and research across all disciplines. Follow the links to find out more about BEES Teaching and BEES Research or to view the School of BEES Information Brochure.

Environmental Research Institute (ERI)

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a flagship research Institute at UCC that carries out inter-disciplinary research in the broad Environmental, Marine and Energy area. The mission of the ERI is to generate new research knowledge for the understanding and protection of our natural environment and develop technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a low carbon and resource efficient society. The Institute brings together over 300 environmental researchers from across science, engineering, business and humanities to address complex environmental challenges in a multi-disciplinary approach. The ERI also incorporates a number environmental research centres including Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI)Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre (AFDC) and the Centre for Research on Atmospheric Chemistry (CRAC).

Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI)

The SFI Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre is a cluster of key academic and industrial partners dedicated to solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges related to marine renewable energy. The Centre comprises internationally recognised experts in Marine Renewable Energy and associated and complementary fields capable of providing the underpinning research necessary for Ireland to achieve a commercially successful MRE industry.

MaREI contains significant world-class research infrastructure to support industry requirements, including the National Ocean Test Facility (Beaufort, UCC), Structural Testing Facility (NUIG) and Coastal Observing Radar System (NUIG), amongst others. In addition, MaREI provides numerous ancillary testing and research facilities and services. MaREI will also have access to National Test Facilities such as the Galway Bay Quarter Scale Test Site, and AMETS/Belmullet full-scale test site.


Founded in 1845, University College Cork (UCC) is Ireland’s first five star university, and has been voted Sunday Times Irish University of the year four times in the last 12 years, including 2016. It was the first university in the world to be awarded the International Green Flag for environmental endeavors. Read more About UCC here, or view a short Overview of UCC here.

UCC Ornithology Group

UCC Ornithology Research Group

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC North Mall Campus, North Mall, Cork City,