Growing up on a farm in the Sperrin Mountains of Northern Ireland, Emmett developed his love of nature and the environment from a very young age. His passion for marine science came from time spent on family trips along the wild Atlantic coastline of County Donegal.
After studying for his degree in Marine Zoology at the University of Wales, Emmett completed his Masters in Ecological Management and Conservation, and PhD in Marine Ecology at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was given the Bright Sparks Award by the Irish Marine Institute, allowing him to undertake much of his PhD research at sea, studying the ecology of seaweed rafts and the connectivity of marine communities in the Northeast Atlantic.
After university Emmett worked for the Department of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, where he was involved with extensive research along the length of the Great Barrier Reef. He now undertakes surveys for marine mammals, seabirds, coastal invertebrates and marine fisheries in Ireland and Britain.
In recent years Emmett has developed his passion for marine science communication and outreach, helping to create and deliver interactive workshops for kids and big kids alike at science festivals and museums in Ireland. He also has a huge passion for travel, diving and underwater photography, which takes him in search of incredible wildlife encounters around the world. But when at home he can be found diving with his local club in the North West of Ireland, his favorite place on earth.
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