Research Profile

Mark John Jessopp

Biography

Dr Mark Jessopp is a Lecturer in Zoology in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science, UCC. Mark is a marine biologist with a wide array of research experience, having worked on phytoplankton, zooplankton, marine mammals, and seabirds. 

Mark's previous research experience includes  spending 2  and  a  half  years  on  the  island  of  South  Georgia  in  the  South  Atlantic,  studying  the  breeding  and  foraging  ecology  of  Antarctic  fur  seals,  penguins and albatrosses using  a  combination  of  population  census,  telemetry  and  diet  analysis.  Mark  has  also been involved in research focussing on the role of Marine Protected Areas, and the role of coastline configuration in reserve connectivity.  Current  research  effort  focuses  on  the  role  of  seals  and  seabirds  in  the  marine  ecosystem  through  diet  and  telemetry  studies. 

Research Interests

A wide variety of research interests under the broad umbrella of Marine Ecology and Conservation
  • Marine Protected Area designation including connectivity between MPAs and adjacent areas, and the role of coastline configuration in community dynamics
  • Overwintering distribution and diet of Atlantic puffins from the Skellig Islands
  • Foraging ecology of Northern gannets using GPS telemetry and diet studies
  • Diet of grey and harbour seals using traditional scat analysis, Stable Isotope Analysis and genetic techniques
  • Distribution and diving behaviour of grey and harbour seals using survey and telemetry studies
  • Interactions between higher predators (seals & seabirds) and fisheries in terms of competition for resources, discard practices, and bycatch
  • Circumpolar distribution and population structure of Antarctic krill
  • Cumulative effects of windfarms on seabirds and marine mammals
  • Underwater sound propagation and effects on marine biota
Currently Supervising 1 PhD student (seals) and 2 MRes students (seabirds)

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
ESB Fish TrackIndustry Sponsor01-JUL-13€100,000.00
WEST WAVE environmental MonitoringIndustry Sponsor01-JUN-1401-JUL-15€60,000.00
Improving understanding of the marine environmentIndustry Sponsor01-JAN-1531-DEC-16€720,000.00
Seabird telemetryUCC Strategic Research Fund01-NOV-1401-NOV-15€6,500.00
Marine Bird and Mammal Data off Killard, Co. Clare.Industry01-JUN-1431-OCT-17€91,760.00
RiCOREHorizon 202001-JAN-1531-DEC-15€285,900.00
Developing a tool to predict seabird vulnerability to oil pollutionIndustry Sponsor01-MAY-14€204,000.00

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Ashley BennisonBeaufort EAFMResearch AssistantMarine Institute

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2012)'Open Sea'
Jessopp, M.J. & Kelly, T (2012) 'Open Sea' In: Bird Habitats in Ireland. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)'Seabird movement reveals the ecological footprint of fishing vessels'
Bodey, T.W., Jessopp, M.J., Votier, S.C., Gerritsen, H.D., Cleasby, I.R., Hamer, K.C., Patrick, S.C., Wakefield, E.D., Bearhop, S. (2014) 'Seabird movement reveals the ecological footprint of fishing vessels'. Current Biology, [Details]
(2014)'Fishery-seal interactions in Irish waters: Current perspectives and future research priorities'
Cronin, M,Jessopp, M,Houle, J,Reid, D (2014) 'Fishery-seal interactions in Irish waters: Current perspectives and future research priorities'. Marine Policy, 44 :120-130 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Consequences of a cumulative perspective on marine environmental impacts: Offshore wind farming and seabirds at North Sea scale in context of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive'
Busch, M,Kannen, A,Garthe, S,Jessopp, M (2013) 'Consequences of a cumulative perspective on marine environmental impacts: Offshore wind farming and seabirds at North Sea scale in context of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive'. Ocean & Coastal Management, 71 :213-224 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Careers: Ireland's research output set to slide'
Jessopp, M., O'Reilly, R., Dalton, G. (2013) 'Careers: Ireland's research output set to slide'. Nature, 500 :276-276 [DOI] [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, 160 :2755-2762 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Space Partitioning Without Territoriality in Gannets'
Wakefield, ED,Bodey, TW,Bearhop, S,Blackburn, J,Colhoun, K,Davies, R,Dwyer, RG,Green, JA,Gremillet, D,Jackson, AL,Jessopp, MJ,Kane, A,Langston, RHW,Lescroel, A,Murray, S,Le Nuz, M,Patrick, SC,Peron, C,Soanes, LM,Wanless, S,Votier, SC,Hamer, KC (2013) 'Space Partitioning Without Territoriality in Gannets'. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341 :68-70 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Comparison of Inorganic and Organic Matter Sedimentation in a natural laboratory: A one year study at Lough Hyne Marine Reserve, Ireland'
Stefanie Broszeit, John Davenport, Mark Jessopp, Luke Harman, and Rob McAllen (2012) 'Comparison of Inorganic and Organic Matter Sedimentation in a natural laboratory: A one year study at Lough Hyne Marine Reserve, Ireland'. Journal of Marine Biology, 2012 (Article ID 518635):1-8   [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'A re-appraisal of the total biomass and annual production of Antarctic krill'
Atkinson, A. and Siegel, V. and Pakhomov, E. A. and Jessopp, M. J. and Loeb, V.; (2009) 'A re-appraisal of the total biomass and annual production of Antarctic krill'. DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART I-OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PAPERS, 56 (5):727-740 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'What is the future for Marine Protected Areas in Irish waters?'
Johnson, M.P., Jessopp, M., Mullholland, O., McInerney, C., McAllen, R., Allcock, A.L., Crowe; (2008) 'What is the future for Marine Protected Areas in Irish waters?'. Biology and The Environment: Proceedings Royal Irish Academy, 108B (1):11-17 [Details]
(2008)'Go with the flow: tidal import and export of larvae from semi-enclosed bays'
Jessopp, M. J. and McAllen, R. J.; (2008) 'Go with the flow: tidal import and export of larvae from semi-enclosed bays'. HYDROBIOLOGIA, 606 :81-92 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'The quick and the dead: larval mortality due to turbulent tidal transport'
Jessopp, MJ; (2007) 'The quick and the dead: larval mortality due to turbulent tidal transport'. Marine Biology, 87 :675-680 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'Water Retention and Limited Larval Dispersal: Implications For Short and Long Distance Dispersers In Marine Reserves'
Jessopp, MJ, McAllen, RJ; (2007) 'Water Retention and Limited Larval Dispersal: Implications For Short and Long Distance Dispersers In Marine Reserves'. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 333 (NA):27-36 [Details]
(2006)'Distribution of post-weaning Antarctic fur seal Arctocephalus gazella pups at South Georgia'
Warren, NL and Trathan, PN and Forcada, J and Fleming, A and Jessopp, MJ; (2006) 'Distribution of post-weaning Antarctic fur seal Arctocephalus gazella pups at South Georgia'. POLAR BIOLOGY, 29 (3):179-188 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Winter dispersal of leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx) environmental factors influencing demographics and seasonal abundance'
Jessopp, MJ and Forcada, J and Reid, K and Trathan, PN and Murphy, EJ; (2004) 'Winter dispersal of leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx) environmental factors influencing demographics and seasonal abundance'. JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 263 (Part 3):251-258 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Widening the net: spatio-temporal variability in the krill population structure across the Scotia Sea'
Reid, K and Jessopp, MJ and Barrett, MS and Kawaguchi, S and Siegel, V and Goebel, ME; (2004) 'Widening the net: spatio-temporal variability in the krill population structure across the Scotia Sea'. DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART II-TOPICAL STUDIES IN OCEANOGRAPHY, 51 (12-13):1275-1287 [DOI] [Details]
(2002)'Monitoring the prey-field of marine predators: Combining digital imaging with datalogging tags'
Hooker, S. K.,Boyd, I. L.,Jessopp, M.,Cox, O.,Blackwell, J.,Boveng, P. L.,Bengtson, J. L.; (2002) 'Monitoring the prey-field of marine predators: Combining digital imaging with datalogging tags'. Marine Mammal Science, 18 (33):680-697680   [Details]
(2002)'Significant intra-annual variability in krill distribution and abundance at South Georgia revealed by multiple acoustic surveys during 2000/01'
Brierley, A. S.,Goss, C.,Grant, S. A.,Watkins, J. L.,Reid, K.,Belchier, M.,Everson, I.,Jessopp, M. J.,Afanasyev, V.,Robst, J.; (2002) 'Significant intra-annual variability in krill distribution and abundance at South Georgia revealed by multiple acoustic surveys during 2000/01'. CCAMLR Science, 9 :71-8271   [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]
(2014)Mapping the spatio-temporal distribution of underwater noise in Irish waters. Strive Report No 121.
Sutton, G., Jessopp, M., Clorennec, D., Folegot, T. (2014) Mapping the spatio-temporal distribution of underwater noise in Irish waters. Strive Report No 121. Environmental Protection Agency, 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]
(2011)Nutrient and Ecosystem Dynamics in Ireland’s Only Marine Nature Reserve (NEIDIN). STRIVE Report Series 66.
Jessopp, M.J., McAllen, R., O'Halloran, J., Kelly, T.K. (2011) Nutrient and Ecosystem Dynamics in Ireland’s Only Marine Nature Reserve (NEIDIN). STRIVE Report Series 66. Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin. [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]

Published Letters

 YearPublication
(2013)Ireland's research output set to slide.
Jessopp, M,O'Reilly, R,Dalton, G (2013) Ireland's research output set to slide. Published Letters [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(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   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2009STRIVE Best poster presentation award Environmental Protection Agency
2013UCC Research Team of the Year University College Cork

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
International Seabird Group Member19-SEP-11 /
ICES Seabird Group Irish Representative01-OCT-13 /
ICES Working Group on Seabird Ecology Chair09-DEC-13 / 10-DEC-13

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2014)5th Biologging Symposium,
Doyle, T.K., Bennison, A., Jessopp, M.J., Haberlin, D., Harman, L. (2014) Analysis of the timing of data acquisition provides insights on blue shark surfacing behaviour. [Poster Presentation], 5th Biologging Symposium, Strasbourg, France , 22-SEP-14 - 26-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014)CLIOTOP,
Jessopp, M (2014) Tracking higher predators in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], CLIOTOP, Strasbourg, France , 27-SEP-14. [Details]
(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 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)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]
(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)Bird Habitats in Ireland Symposium,
Jessopp, M., Kelly, T. (2012) Open Sea. [Invited Oral Presentation], Bird Habitats in Ireland Symposium, Dublin, Ireland , 18-MAY-12 - 18-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011)Lough Hyne Marine Reserve @ 30,
Jessopp,M., McAllen, R. (2011) Nutrient enrichment and water quality indicators: is Lough Hyne eutrophic?. [Oral Presentation], Lough Hyne Marine Reserve @ 30, West Cork Hotel Skibbereen , 03-JUN-11 - 04-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)Lough Hyne Marine Reserve @30,
Broszeit, S., Davenport, J., Jessopp, M., Harman, L. and McAllen, R. (2011) Sedimentation of organic and inorganic materials in Lough Hyne. [Oral Presentation], Lough Hyne Marine Reserve @30, West Cork Hotel Skibbereen , 03-JUN-11 - 04-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)KnowSeas 3rd Scientific Meeting,
Busch, M., Jessopp, M., Kannen, A. (2011) Offshore windfarms and Seabirds. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], KnowSeas 3rd Scientific Meeting, Helsinki , 29-NOV-11 - 02-DEC-11. [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)7th Marine Biological Association conference,
Broszeit, S., Davenport, J., Jessopp, M., Harman, L. and McAllen, R (2010) How to measure sedimentation rates in a shallow marine lake. [Oral Presentation], 7th Marine Biological Association conference, University of Glasgow , 17-MAY-10 - 20-MAY-10. [Details]
(2009)44th European Marine Biology Symposium,
Jessopp, M., McAllen, R. (2009) Phytoplankton assemblages and water quality in an Irish Marine Reserve. [Poster Presentation], 44th European Marine Biology Symposium, Liverpool University , 02-SEP-09 - 06-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)Environmental Protection Agency Strive Conference 2009,
Jessopp, M., McAllen, R. (2009) Phytoplankton assemblages and water quality in an Irish Marine Reserve. [Poster Presentation], Environmental Protection Agency Strive Conference 2009, Dublin , 12-NOV-09 - 13-NOV-09. [Details]
(2008)Environmental Protection Agency STRIVE conference,
Jessopp, M., McAllen, R. (2008) Water Quality and phytoplankton biodiversity in an Irish Marine Reserve. [Oral Presentation], Environmental Protection Agency STRIVE conference, Dublin , 05-NOV-08 - 05-NOV-08. [Details]
(2006)MARDEM Stakeholder Conference 2006,
Jessopp, M. McAllen, R (2006) Robust techniques in marine reserve design and monitoring. [Oral Presentation], MARDEM Stakeholder Conference 2006, Dublin , 02-OCT-06 - 02-OCT-06. [Details]
(2006)Larval biology Symposium within 6th International Crustacean Conference,
McAllen, R, Jessopp, M. (2006) Investigating the dynamics of marine reserves using crustacean larvae. [Oral Presentation], Larval biology Symposium within 6th International Crustacean Conference, Glasgow , 05-JUL-06 - 05-JUL-06. [Details]
(2006)41st European Marine Biology Symposium 2006,
Jessopp, M., McAllen, R. (2006) Go with the flow: Tidal import and export of larvae from marine reserves 41st European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS) 2006. [Oral Presentation], 41st European Marine Biology Symposium 2006, Cork , 06-SEP-06 - 06-SEP-06. [Details]
(2005)First International Marine Protected Areas Congress,
Mark Jessopp & Rob McAllen; (2005) The shape of things to come: using coastline configuration and larval assemblages to design and monitor marine reserves. [Poster Presentation], First International Marine Protected Areas Congress, Geelong, Australia , 10-OCT-05 - 14-OCT-05. [Details]
(2005)ENVIRON 2005 (15th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquim),
Mark Jessopp & Rob McAllen; (2005) The use of caostline configuration and larval assemblages to design and monitor marine reserves. [Poster Presentation], ENVIRON 2005 (15th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquim), IT Sligo , 25-JAN-05 - 27-JAN-05. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
European Marine Biology Symposium 2006 Student member of Organizing Committee/
Lough Hyne 30 years of Research Conference Orgainzing Committee member/
UCC Research Staff Association Committee Member2013 /
UCC Academic Council Committee Member2014 / 2015

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Department of Zoology, Ecology & Plant Science, University College Cork PhD Student, Demonstrator01-OCT-03 / 31-DEC-06
British Antarctic Survey Zoological Research Assistant, Predator Monitoring Scientist13-JUN-99 / 30-SEP-03
Department of Zoology, Ecology & Plant Science, University College Cork Postdoctoral Research Fellow01-JAN-08 / 31-DEC-09
British Antarctic Survey Marine Database Assistant01-JAN-07 / 31-DEC-07
MaREI Centre, University College Cork Research Fellow01-JAN-10 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1995University of Melbourne BSCZoology
2006University College Cork PHDZoology, Marine Biology

Outreach Activities

 Description

Annual 'touch tank' displays at Lough Hyne Marine Nature Reserve as part of Heritage week.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Plos One Referee-
Marine Ecology Progress Series Referee-
Marine Biology Referee-
Ecological Applications Referee-
Helgoland Marine Research Referee-

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests


BL6012 - Marine Megafauna

-Tracking megafauna

MSc/PhD Supervision 
Currently supervising 4 PhD and 1 MSc students 

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2012Deirdre McElligott MScBird’s Eye View of Oceanographic Variables Affecting Seabird Abundance and Distribution within the Irish Continental Shelf
2014Cian Luck MASTER OF SCIENCEA comparative study of the feeding ecology of harbour seals and grey seals in Ireland
2014James Robbins MScInvestigating the temporal occurrence of dolphins through the creation of innovative C-POD detection parameters and comparative scan sampling analysis within Broadhaven Bay, County Mayo, Ireland.

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Ger Morgan Aquatic Services UnitIRELAND
Emer Rogan University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Walter Bruton ERMIRELAND
Stephen Mowat Zoological Society of LondonUNITED KINGDOM
Tom Hart Oxford UniversityUNITED KINGDOM
Thomas Bodey Exeter UniversityUNITED KINGDOM
Abigail McQuatters-Gollop SAHFOSUNITED KINGDOM
Ronan Cosgrove BIMIRELAND

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