Presentation Brothers College, Cork followed by BSc and PhD at University College Cork
Cork, Wales, England but also Congo, Zambia and Uganda
Science Programme Officer
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
About Me: Curious about how things work
I live in Cambridge, England with my wife. We love to play tennis, practice yoga and cycling around from A to B. We don’t have a car and like to keep our carbon footprint low! I like to read up on the latest science and engineering developments in my spare time, like in the New Scientist Magazine!
My Work: I look at satellite images and other maps to see how nature is disappearing
I look at satellite images and other maps to see how nature is disappearing, from the Arctic ice to the tropical rain forests, and then work with my colleagues to try to think of a cunning plan what to do about it by writing reports for politicians to understand!
My Typical Day: Read emails, do some analysis of data or reading other people's analysis, summarise what i learned and share it with colleagues for further analysis, then send emails and go home!
What I'd do with the money: I would use it to show how tools for nature work - monitoring sensors, drones etc.
I would organise a field trip to demonstrate these tools to school students in my local area. The money could be spent on hiring a bus to take the students to the field site and/or to pay for any equipment needed for the demonstration.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Imaginative, curious and creative
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Map Ireland's changing seasons form space
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My former PhD supervisor who had the knowledge
What was your favourite subject at school?
Geography and physics
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Maybe be a teacher/lecturer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Too many to list!
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Summer school in Italy with 60 other PhD students
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Relax , go easier on myself, enjoy the rewards of hard work more!
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a fly without wings? A walk!