Michelle Cronin

Research Fellow
Coastal and Marine Research Centre
Naval Base, Haulbowline,
Co. Cork,
Ireland

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Michelle leads the Marine Ecology Group in CMRC which comprises of postdoctoral researchers, Phd and MSc students. She has initiated and managed a number of research projects on marine mammal ecology and led national and regional seal population assessment programs and biotelemetry studies. Her main research area is marine mammal abundance, habitat use & foraging ecology and interactions with fisheries. Michelle is PI on numerous projects and responsible for project and budget management, grant funding applications and supervision of Phd, MSc students and the research team.

Research Interests

Dr. Cronin leads the Marine Ecology Group of the Coastal & Marine Research Centre in UCC. Research of the group focuses on assessing the abundance, distribution, and foraging ecology of key marine species and their interactions with human activities through a combination of surveys, long term monitoring, diet studies and biotelemetry. Dr. Cronin has been investigating seal abundance and habitat use in southwest Ireland since 2002 and this formed part of her doctorate thesis. She initiated a study of the offshore movements and behaviour of harbour seals in Irish waters using telemetry techniques and this research is ongoing, now incorporating grey seals. She is involved in a multidisciplinary initiative to put in place an ecosystems approach to fisheries management, focusing on top predator interactions with Irish fisheries. Dr. Cronin collaborates with international seal biologists and was involved in determining population estimates of both species of seal at a national level. She is also involved in marine mammal monitoring and assessing the impacts of anthropogenic activities on marine mammals in the Irish coastal zone.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
RSK BroadhavenOther: Not Listed01-JAN-1130-APR-14€912,383.00
Cetacean Monitoring in the Waters of Broadhaven April to September 2008Foreign Industry14-APR-0830-SEP-11€661,233.00
Pilot Study of Seal Predation on Salmon Stocks in selected Irish rivers and estuaries.Central Fisheries Board01-AUG-1101-AUG-13€95,000.00
HEA 'Biotelemetry of Marine Megafauna'Higher Education authority01-OCT-0730-SEP-12€264,188.00
The diet of a top marine predator in Ireland and interaction with fisheries.Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET)01-AUG-1231-JUL-15€72,000.00
Grey seal telemetryMarine Institute01-SEP-0730-JAN-08€40,000.00
The foraging ecology of the harbour seal in IrelandMarine Institute01-SEP-0501-SEP-08€283,000.00

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2008)'Incorporating temporal correlation in seal abundance data with MCMC'
Saveliev, A.A., Cronin, M.A., Zuur, A.F, Ieno, E.N (2008) 'Incorporating temporal correlation in seal abundance data with MCMC' In: Analysing ecological data using mixed modelling and extensions. London: Springer. [Details]
(2002)'The reproductive cycle of the intertidal gastropod Melarhaphe neritoides (Linnaeus) on Clare Island'
Cronin, M., Myers, A. & O'Riordan, R. ; (2002) 'The reproductive cycle of the intertidal gastropod Melarhaphe neritoides (Linnaeus) on Clare Island' In: New Survey of Clare Island. Volume 3: Marine Intertidal Ecology. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
(2002)'An extremely exposed shore: Leckacanny, Clare Island'
O'Riordan, R., Myers, A., McGrath, D., Delany, J., Cussen, R. & Cronin, M. ; (2002) 'An extremely exposed shore: Leckacanny, Clare Island' In: New Survey of Clare Island. Volume 3: Marine Intertidal Ecology. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Fishery seal interactions in Irish waters current perspective and future research priorities'
Cronin M., Jessopp, M, Houle J, D. Reid (2014) 'Fishery seal interactions in Irish waters current perspective and future research priorities'. Marine Policy, [Details]
(2014)'Grey seal diet analysis in Ireland highlights the importance of using multiple diagnostic features'
Gosch, M., Hernandez-Milian, G., Rogan, E., Jessopp, M., Cronin, M. (2014) 'Grey seal diet analysis in Ireland highlights the importance of using multiple diagnostic features'. Aquatic Biology, 20 :155-167 [Details]
(2013)'Size and seasonal influences on the foraging range of female grey seals in the northeast Atlantic'
Cronin, M., Pomeroy, P., Jessopp, M. (2013) 'Size and seasonal influences on the foraging range of female grey seals in the northeast Atlantic'. Marine Biology, 160 (3):531-539 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Moulting phenology of the harbour seal in southwest Ireland'
Cronin, M., Gregory, S., Rogan, E. (2013) 'Moulting phenology of the harbour seal in southwest Ireland'. Journal of Marine Biological Association, [Details]
(2012)'Evidence of low spatial overlap between grey seals and a specific whitefish fishery off the west coast of Ireland'
Cronin, M.A., Gerritsen, H. D. & D. G. Reid. (2012) 'Evidence of low spatial overlap between grey seals and a specific whitefish fishery off the west coast of Ireland'. Biological Conservation, [Details]
(2013)'Transatlantic migration by post-breeding puffins: a strategy to exploit a temporarily abundant food resource?'
Jessopp MJ, Cronin M, Doyle TK, Wilson M, McQuatters-Gollop A, Newton S, Phillips RA (2013) 'Transatlantic migration by post-breeding puffins: a strategy to exploit a temporarily abundant food resource?'. Marine Biology, [Details]
(2013)'Habitat-Mediated Dive Behavior in Free-Ranging Grey Seals'
Jessopp, M,Cronin, M,Hart, T (2013) 'Habitat-Mediated Dive Behavior in Free-Ranging Grey Seals'. Plos One, 8 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Seals as collectors of oceanographic data in the coastal zone'
del Villar-Guerra, D,Cronin, M,Dabrowski, T,Bartlett, D (2012) 'Seals as collectors of oceanographic data in the coastal zone'. Estuarine Coastal And Shelf Science, 115 :272-281 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Seasonal trends and spatial differences in marine mammal occurrence in Broadhaven Bay, north-west Ireland'
Anderwald, P,Haberlin, MD,Coleman, M,Cadhla, OO,Englund, A,Visser, F,Cronin, M (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 :1757-1766 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Monitoring marine populations and communities: methods dealing with imperfect detectability'
Katsanevakis, S,Weber, A,Pipitone, C,Leopold, M,Cronin, M,Scheidat, M,Doyle, TK,Buhl-Mortensen, L,Buhl-Mortensen, P,D'Anna, G,de Boois, I,Dalpadado, P,Damalas, D,Fiorentino, F,Garofalo, G,Giacalone, VM,Hawley, KL,Issaris, Y,Jansen, J,Knight, CM,Knittweis, L,Kroncke, I,Mirto, S,Muxika, I,Reiss, H,Skjoldal, HR,Voge, S (2012) 'Monitoring marine populations and communities: methods dealing with imperfect detectability'. Aquatic Biology, 16 :31-52 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'The conservation of seals in Irish waters: how research informs management'
Cronin, M.A. (2011) 'The conservation of seals in Irish waters: how research informs management'. Marine Policy, [Details]
(2011)'The status of the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) in the Republic of Ireland'
Cronin, M.A. (2011) 'The status of the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) in the Republic of Ireland'. NAMMCO Scientific Publications, 8 :129-142 [Details]
(2011)'A modeling framework to optimize timing of haul-out counts for estimating harbour seal abundance'
Cronin, M.A., Zuur, A.F., Ingram, S. & Rogan. E. (2011) 'A modeling framework to optimize timing of haul-out counts for estimating harbour seal abundance'. NAMMCO Scientific Publications, [Details]
(2010)'Using mobile phone telemetry to investigate the haul-out behaviour of harbour seals Phoca vitulina vitulina'
Cronin, M., Zuur, A.F., Rogan, E. & McConnell, B.J; (2010) 'Using mobile phone telemetry to investigate the haul-out behaviour of harbour seals Phoca vitulina vitulina'. Endangered species research, 10 (1):255-267 [Details]
(2010)'Diet of the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) on the west and south west of Ireland'
Kavanagh, A; Cronin, M; Walton, M; Rogan, E; (2010) 'Diet of the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) on the west and south west of Ireland'. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 90 (8):1517-1527 [Details]
(2008)'SMS Seal: a new technique to measure haul-out behaviour in marine vertebrates'
Cronin, M.A. & McConnell, B. J (2008) 'SMS Seal: a new technique to measure haul-out behaviour in marine vertebrates'. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, [Details]
(2007)'An Assessment of Population Size and Distribution of Harbour Seals In The Republic of Ireland During The Moult Season In August 2003'
Cronin, M, Duck, C, Cadhla, OO, Nairn, R, Strong, D, O'Keeffe, C; (2007) 'An Assessment of Population Size and Distribution of Harbour Seals In The Republic of Ireland During The Moult Season In August 2003'. Journal of Zoology, 273 (2):131-139 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'Aerial surveying of grey seal breeding colonies on the Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry, the Inishkea Group, Co. Mayo and the Donegal coast, Ireland'
Cronin, M.A., Duck, C & Ó Cadhla. O (2007) 'Aerial surveying of grey seal breeding colonies on the Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry, the Inishkea Group, Co. Mayo and the Donegal coast, Ireland'. Journal of Nature Conservation, [Details]
(2003)'Potential resistance of a number of strains of the oyster Ostrea edulis to the parasite Bonamia ostreae'
Culloty, S.C., Cronin, M.A. & M.F. Mulcahy (2003) 'Potential resistance of a number of strains of the oyster Ostrea edulis to the parasite Bonamia ostreae'. Aquaculture, [Details]
(2002)'The reproductive cycle of the intertidal gastropod Melarhaphe neritoides (Linnaeus) on Clare Island'
Cronin, M., Myers, A., O'Riordan, R.M.; (2002) 'The reproductive cycle of the intertidal gastropod Melarhaphe neritoides (Linnaeus) on Clare Island'. Proceedings of Royal Irish Academy, 3: Marine Intertidal Ecology (A. Myers (Ed) New Su):133-143 [Details]
(2002)'An extremely exposed shore: Lekkacanny, Clare Island'
O'Riordan, R.M., Myers, A.A. McGrath, D., Delaney, J., Cussen, R. and Cronin M.; (2002) 'An extremely exposed shore: Lekkacanny, Clare Island'. Proceedings Royal Irish Academy, 3 (*):3-18 [Details]
(2001)'Lysozyme and protein concentration in the hemolymph of the flat oyster Ostrea edulis L'
Cronin, M.A., S.C. Culloty and M.F. Mulcahy; (2001) 'Lysozyme and protein concentration in the hemolymph of the flat oyster Ostrea edulis L'. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 7 (*):611-622 [Details]
(2001)'An investigation into relative resistance of Irish flat oysters Ostrea edulis L. to the parasiteBonamia ostreae (Pichot et al., 1980)'
Culloty,S.C., Cronin,M., and Mulcahy, M.F.; (2001) 'An investigation into relative resistance of Irish flat oysters Ostrea edulis L. to the parasiteBonamia ostreae (Pichot et al., 1980)'. Aquaculture, 199 (*):229-244 [Details]
(2000)'The reproductive cycle of the intertidal gastropod Melarhaphe neritoides on the west and south coasts of Ireland'
Cronin, M.A., Myers, A.A. & O'Riordan, R.M.; (2000) 'The reproductive cycle of the intertidal gastropod Melarhaphe neritoides on the west and south coasts of Ireland'. Biology and the Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 100 (B):97-106 [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2002)'Bonamia resistance in flat oysters: A European Union CRAFT study'
Beaumont, A., Mulcahy, M., Culloty, S.C., Cronin, m.A., and Hugh-Jones, D.; (2002) 'Bonamia resistance in flat oysters: A European Union CRAFT study' Shellfish News, 14 :13-14. [Details]
(2001)'Research Note 2: Bonamia-resistant oysters? and a note of caution'
Mulcahy,M.F., Cronin,M., Hugh-Jones,D., and Culloty,S.C.; (2001) 'Research Note 2: Bonamia-resistant oysters? and a note of caution' Aquaculture Ireland, (*) :19-20. [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2003)Environ 2003 - 13th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium
O’Mahony C., Connolly N, Buchanan C., O’Connell M., Sealy H. and Cronin M. (2003) Assessment of Human Activity in the Coastal Area: A case study focussing upon the Irish Sea INTERREG II region Environ 2003 - 13th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]
(2003)Fifth International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management
O Donnell, V., Cronin, M., and Cummins, V; (2003) Sustainable Coastal Habitats: GIS Tools for Effective Decision Support . In: * eds. Fifth International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management Genova, Italy, , 16-OCT-03 - 18-OCT-03 , pp.*-* [Details]
(2003)Environ 2003 - 13th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium
O’Donnell V., Cronin M., Cummins V., O’Mahony C. and O’Dea L. (2003) Sustainable environmental management of coastal habitats and resources: the development of a GIS model to assess the sensitivity of coastal habitats Environ 2003 - 13th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2014)A pilot study of seal predation on salmon in selected Irish rivers and estuaries. IFI/2014/1-4178.
Cronin, M., Gosch, M., Jessopp, M., Luck, C., Rogan, E., Reid, D. (2014) A pilot study of seal predation on salmon in selected Irish rivers and estuaries. IFI/2014/1-4178. Inland Fisheries Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
(2013)Seal depredation and bycatch in set net fisheries in Irish waters.
Cosgrove, R., Cronin, M., Reid, D., Gosch, M., Sheridan, M., Chopin N. and M. Jessopp (2013) Seal depredation and bycatch in set net fisheries in Irish waters. Bord Iascaigh Mhara Fisheries Resource Series, Co Dublin Ireland. [Details]
(2010)Seals and fish stocks in Irish waters. Study note to the Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Fisheries.
Cronin, M. Jessopp, M. Reid, D.; (2010) Seals and fish stocks in Irish waters. Study note to the Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Fisheries. European Parliament, Brussels. [Details]
(2007)An assessment of the breeding population of grey seals in the Republic of Ireland, 2005.
Ó Cadhla, O., Strong, D., O’Keeffe, C., Coleman, M., Cronin, M., Duck, C., Murray, T., Dower, P., Nairn, R., Murphy, P., Smiddy, P., Saich, C., Lyons, D. & Hiby, A.R. (2007) An assessment of the breeding population of grey seals in the Republic of Ireland, 2005. National Parks & Wildlife Service, Dublin Ireland. [Details]
(2004)Harbour seal population assessment in the Republic of Ireland.
Cronin, M., Duck, C., Ó Cadhla, O., Nairn, R., Strong, D. & O’ Keeffe, C (2004) Harbour seal population assessment in the Republic of Ireland. National Parks & Wildlife Service, Irish Wildlife Manuals, No. 11, Dublin. [Details]
(2001)Assessment of Human Activity in the Coastal Zone.
Connolly, N., Buchanan, C., O’ Connell, M., Cronin, M., O’ Mahony, C., Sealy, H., Kay, D. & S. Buckley (2001) Assessment of Human Activity in the Coastal Zone. Marine Institute, Dublin. [Details]

Government Document

YearPublication
(2010)Seals and fish stocks in Irish waters. Study note to the Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Fisheries, European Parliament.
Cronin, M.,Jessopp, M.,Reid, D.; (2010) Seals and fish stocks in Irish waters. Study note to the Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Fisheries, European Parliament. Government Document [Details]

Unpublished Reports

YearPublication
(2013)Marine mammal monitoring in Broadhaven Bay 2012.
Haberlin, D., Anderwald, P., Brandecker, A., Collins, C., Kruegel, K. and Cronin, M (2013) Marine mammal monitoring in Broadhaven Bay 2012. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2012)Marine mammal monitoring in Broadhaven Bay 2011.
Anderwald, P., Brandecker, A., Haberlin, D., Coleman, M., Collins, C., O’Donovan, M., Pinfield, R. and Cronin, M (2012) Marine mammal monitoring in Broadhaven Bay 2011. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2011)Marine mammal monitoring in Broadhaven Bay 2010.
Anderwald, P., Coleman, M., O’Donovan, M., Pinfield, R., Walshe, L., Haberlin, D., Jessopp, M. and Cronin, M. (2011) Marine mammal monitoring in Broadhaven Bay 2010. Cork, Ireland: Unpublished Reports Globe icon [Details]
(2011)Tracking grey seals on Irelands’ continental shelf.
Cronin, M. A., M. J. Jessopp & D. Del Villar (2011) Tracking grey seals on Irelands’ continental shelf. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2008)The foraging ecology of the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) in Ireland.
Cronin, M. A.., Kavanagh, A. & E. Rogan. (2008) The foraging ecology of the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) in Ireland. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2007)Risk assessment of marine mammal and seabird populations in southwest Irish waters.
Roycroft, D., Cronin, M., Mackey, M. Ingram, S. & O’Cadhla (2007) Risk assessment of marine mammal and seabird populations in southwest Irish waters. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2004)Aerial surveying of grey seal breeding colonies on the Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry, the Inishkea Group, Co. Mayo and the Donegal coast during the 2003 breeding season.
Cronin, M. & O. Ó Cadhla (2004) Aerial surveying of grey seal breeding colonies on the Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry, the Inishkea Group, Co. Mayo and the Donegal coast during the 2003 breeding season. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2002)Cetaceans and Seabirds of Ireland's Atlantic Margin. Trip Reports: April-July 2002.
Mackey, M.J., Cronin, M.A. & O’Leary, D (2002) Cetaceans and Seabirds of Ireland's Atlantic Margin. Trip Reports: April-July 2002. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2002)Cetaceans and Seabirds in Waters over the Hatton-Rockall Region. Cruise Report to the Geological Survey of Ireland.
Cronin, M.A. & M. Mackey (2002) Cetaceans and Seabirds in Waters over the Hatton-Rockall Region. Cruise Report to the Geological Survey of Ireland. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2001)Coastal Sensitivity in Estuarine Habitats - Cork Harbour and the Shannon Estuary.
Connolly, N., Cronin, M., O Connell, M., Cummins, V., & O Leary, D; (2001) Coastal Sensitivity in Estuarine Habitats - Cork Harbour and the Shannon Estuary. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

YearPublication
(2007)Abundance, habitat use and haul out behaviour of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina L.) in southwest Ireland 2007.
Cronin, M. A. (2007) Abundance, habitat use and haul out behaviour of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina L.) in southwest Ireland 2007. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]
(1995)The biology of Melarhaphe neritoides (L.) (Gastropoda: Littorinidae) on the west and south coasts of Ireland.
Cronin, M. A. (1995) The biology of Melarhaphe neritoides (L.) (Gastropoda: Littorinidae) on the west and south coasts of Ireland. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013Research Team of the Year Award University College Cork

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2013)European Cetacean Society,
Cronin, M., Jessopp, M., Haberlin, D., Pomeroy, P. (2013) Size and seasonal influences on foraging range in grey seals in the northeast Atlantic. [Poster Presentation], European Cetacean Society, Portugal , 08-APR-13 - 10-APR-13. [Details]
(2012)European Cetacean Society Annual conference,
Cronin, M., Gerritsen, H., Reid D. (2012) Overlap between a top marine predator and specific fisheries on the Irish continental shelf. [Oral Presentation], European Cetacean Society Annual conference, Galway Ireland , 26-MAR-12 - 28-MAR-12. [Details]
(2011)ICES Annual Science Conference,
Cronin, M., Gerritsen, H. & Reid, D. (2011) Spatial overlap between seals and fisheries in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], ICES Annual Science Conference, Gdansk, Poland , 19-SEP-11 - 23-SEP-11. [Details]
(2012)European Cetacean Society Conference,
Jessopp, M., Cronin, M., Hart, T. (2012) Habitat-mediated dive behaviour in Grey seals. [Oral Presentation], European Cetacean Society Conference, Galway, Ireland , 21-MAR-12 - 24-MAR-12. [Details]
(2012)KnowSeas 4th Scientific Conference,
Jessopp, M., Sutton, G., Cronin, M., Folegot, T. (2012) Assessing Noise Impact on Marine Mammals. [Poster Presentation], KnowSeas 4th Scientific Conference, Brugges , 27-NOV-12 - 30-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)European Cetacean Society 2012,
Cosgrove, R., Cronin, M., Gosch, M., Jessopp, M., Reid, D., & Sheridan, M. (2012) Seal depredation and bycatch in Irish set net fisheries. [Poster Presentation], European Cetacean Society 2012, Galway , 19-MAR-12 - 23-MAR-12. [Details]
(2012)European Cetacean Society,
Gosch, M., Hernandez-Milian, G., Rogan, E., Jessopp, M., Cronin, M. (2012) Evidence of salmonids in the diet of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in southwest Ireland. [Poster Presentation], European Cetacean Society, Galway , 19-MAR-12 - 23-MAR-12. [Details]
(2011)International Seabird Conference,
Jessopp, M., Cronin, M., Phillips, R.A (2011) Trans-Atlantic movements of puffins from Southwest Ireland. [Poster Presentation], International Seabird Conference, Plymouth, UK , 02-SEP-11 - 04-SEP-11. [Details]
(2010)RSPSoc Annual Conference with IEOS 2010,
del Villar, D; Bartlett, DJ; Cronin, M; (2010) Using Telemetry-Derived Temperature Data from Tagged Seals to Examine Fine-Scale Changes in the Water Temperature. [Oral Presentation], RSPSoc Annual Conference with IEOS 2010, Cork Ireland , 31-AUG-10 - 03-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010)GIS 2010 Conference,
del Villar, D., Bartlett, D. and Cronin, M.; (2010) Using telemetry derived temperature data from tagged seals to examine fine scale changes in the. [Oral Presentation], GIS 2010 Conference, Dublin Ireland , 14-OCT-10 - 17-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)European Parliament Committee on Fisheries: Workshop on interactions between seals and fish stocks,,
Cronin, M. A (2010) Seals and fish stocks in Irish waters. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], European Parliament Committee on Fisheries: Workshop on interactions between seals and fish stocks,, European Parliament Brussels , 09-NOV-10 - 10-NOV-10. [Details]
(2007)17th SMM Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals,
Cronin, M.A., Zuur, A.F., McConnell, B.J. & Rogan (2007) Is it the moon? Factors influencing the haul-out behaviour of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina) in southwest Ireland. [Poster Presentation], 17th SMM Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, South Africa Capetown , 16-NOV-07 - 20-NOV-07. [Details]
(2007)Environ 2007 conference,
Ametzoy, I. & Cronin, M (2007) Integrating Harbour Seal Movement data in Web Visualisation tools. [Oral Presentation], Environ 2007 conference, Carlow Ireland , 26-APR-07 - 28-APR-07. [Details]
(2006)Eco-Imagine Conference,
Ametzoy, I. & Cronin, M (2006) Integrating Harbour Seal Movement data in Web Visualisation tools. [Oral Presentation], Eco-Imagine Conference, Genoa Italy , 14-NOV-06 - 18-NOV-06. [Details]
(2005)16th SMM Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals,
Cronin, M., Duck, C., Ó Cadhla, O., Nairn, R., Strong, D. & O’ Keeffe (2005) A national census of the harbour seal in Ireland using thermal imagery. [Poster Presentation], 16th SMM Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Diego US , 12-DEC-05 - 16-DEC-05. [Details]
(2003)13th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium,
O’Donnell V, Cronin M, Cummins V, O’Mahony C and O’Dea L; (2003) Sustainable environmental management of coastal habitats and resources: the development of a GIS model to assess the sensitivity of coastal habitats. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], 13th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium, Galway, Ireland , 08-JAN-03 - 10-JAN-03. [Details]
(2003)Annual National Conference of the National Parks & Wildlife Service,
Cronin, M., Duck, C., Ó Cadhla, O., Nairn, R., Strong, D. & O’ Keeffe, C (2003) Harbour seal population assessment in the Republic of Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual National Conference of the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Kilkeeny Castle, Ireland , 06-OCT-03 - 08-OCT-03. [Details]
(2003)13th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium,
O’Mahony C, Connolly N, Buchanan C, O’Connell M, Sealy H and Cronin M; (2003) Assessment of Human Activity in the Coastal Area: A case study focussing upon the Irish Sea INTERREG II region. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], 13th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium, Galway, Ireland , 08-JAN-03 - 10-JAN-03. [Details]
(2001)Aquaculture 2001,
Culloty, S.C., Cronin, M.A. and Mulcahy, M.F.; (2001) An investigation into the relative resistance of a number of European strains of flat oyster Ostrea edulis to the protistan Bonamia ostreae. [Poster Presentation], Aquaculture 2001, Orlando, Florida, USA , 20-JAN-01 - 26-JAN-01. [Details]
(2001)10th EAFP International Conference,
Culloty, S.C., Cronin, M.A. adn Mulcahy, M.F.; (2001) Detection and diagnosis of Bonamia ostreae in Ostrea edulis. [Oral Presentation], 10th EAFP International Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 09-SEP-01 - 14-SEP-01. [Details]
(1999)9th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish,
Cronin, M.A., Culloty, S.C. & M.F. Mulcahy (1999) Lysozyme activity and protein levels in the hemolymph of the flat oyster Ostrea edulis. [Poster Presentation], 9th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish, Rhodes Greece , 19-SEP-99 - 24-SEP-99. [Details]
(1999)EAFP 9th International conference Diseases of Fish and Shellfish,
Culloty, S.C., Cronin, M., and Mulcahy, M.F.; (1999) Relative resistance of a number of European populations (Ostrea edulis) to the parasite Bonamia ostreae. [Oral Presentation], EAFP 9th International conference Diseases of Fish and Shellfish, Rhodes, greece , 19-SEP-99 - 24-SEP-99. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
European Cetacean Society Member of the European Cetacean Society, ECS Conference organising committee member 20122011 / 2012
Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland Member of board of Directors. Coordinate research activities.2013 / 2014

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Research Fellow01-SEP-07 / 15-OCT-14
University College Cork Research Scientist01-OCT-00 / 01-SEP-07
University College Cork Research Assistant15-SEP-98 / 15-SEP-00
NOAA Polar Ecosystems Group Aerial seal surveyor01-AUG-06 / 30-AUG-06
University of Southeast Alaska Field assistant01-APR-04 / 28-APR-04
Geological Survey of Ireland Marine mammal observer01-APR-02 / 30-APR-02
Marine Institute Fisheries fleet assessment technician15-SEP-97 / 15-MAY-98
Rossmore Oysters, Co Cork, Ireland On site biologist01-JUN-97 / 25-AUG-97
Otago University New Zealand Field assistant01-OCT-96 / 05-MAY-97
University of Queensland Research Assistant10-SEP-95 / 01-SEP-96

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2007University College Cork PhDThe abundance habitat use and haul-out behaviour of the harbour seal in southwest Ireland
1995University College Cork MScThe reproductive biology of Melarhaphe neritoides
1993University College Cork BSC (HONS)Applied Ecology

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
RPS

Various EIAs for marine mammals e.g. Dublin Port, Ringaskiddy, Sligo Bay, Bantry Bay, Dingle harbour, Greenore, Carlingford Lough

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

EIA marine mammals Belfast Harbour

Punch Engineers

EIA marine mammals Kilronan Aran Islands

Outreach Activities

 Description

-Ran outreach activities with secondary school students as part of a HEA funded study 2009/2010

-Numerous media interviews on my research interests - RTE radio, TV, national newspapers, National Geographic radio.

-Selected as Explorer of the Week 2013  by National Geographic 


-Voluntary Work in Darjeeling India with street children, teaching, music. Sept-Dec 2009

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Frontiers In Marine Science Series Editor-
Marine Ecology Progress Series Referee-
Journal Of Animal Ecology Referee-
Marine Mammal Science Referee-
Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

Marine related training:
-CEPT Radio Operators Short Range Certificate 2003
-Boat handling skills, advanced levels, Irish Naval Service, ISA, 2001, 2002, 2010
-ISA Yachtmaster Certificate, 2012
-NAUI open water diver, Queensland, Australia, 1996 -PADI advanced open water diver, Ireland 2000
-Aircraft egress safety training, NOAA, USA 2006 -Arctic North Slope Safety Awareness Training Course, Alaska 2001, 2004
-Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques, Ireland 2001, 2012
-Occupational First Aid Certificates 2001, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013

Other Training:
-Statistical modelling GLMs, GAMs, St Andrews 2010, UCC 2013
-Science Communication: EscoNet, Croatia 2010

Teaching Interests


My main teaching interest and experience is in marine megafauna ecology, marine mammal and fishery interactions, seal population assessment/monitoring and biotelemetry.  Ive contributed to teaching on the MSc Marine Biology Module BL6012 and  have co-developed a teaching module for the MSc in Applied coastal and marine management  BL6021 Introduction to coastal biology & marine ecosystems.

 



Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2009Susan Gregory University College Cork (NUI)MScAssessment of the moulting phenology of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina L.) in southwest Ireland using photogrammetric techniques.
2010Diego DelVillar University College Cork (NUI)MScUsing telemetry derived temperature data from tagged seals to examine fine scale changes in the water temperature
2013Cian Luck University College Cork (NUI)MScA comparative study of the feeding ecology of Harbour Seals (Phoca vitulina) and Grey Seals (Halichoerus grypus) in Ireland
2008Ailbhe Kavanagh University College Cork (NUI)MScDiet studies of the harbour seal in ireland