Research Profile

Thomas Doyle

Biography

Dr Tom Doyle is a Research Fellow at the Coastal & Marine Research Centre (CMRC), and a part-time lecturer in the School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Science (BEES), UCC. Tom is a marine biologist with expertise in gelatinous zooplankton (jellyfish) ecology, foraging ecology of leatherback sea turtles and animal biotelemetry (satellite tracking). He is author of 36 scientific publications and has a h-index is 13 (Web of Science). He is internationally recognised in the field of gelatinous zooplankton, with expertise in the broadscale distribution and abundance of key gelatinous groups (inc. scyphomedusae, hydromedusae, siphonophores and ctenophores), sampling techniques for monitoring gelatinous zooplankton (inc. plankton hauls, MIK net, fisheries by-catch data and visual surveys), diet and trophic interactions of scyphomedusae and socio-economic impacts of jellyfish (e.g. especially aquaculture interactions). He has deployed satellite tags, data loggers and acoustic tracking devices on various species (jellyfish, sunfish, blue sharks and leatherback turtles) to determine animal movements and dive behaviour.

Research Interests

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
IRCSET Prey Availability and the Differential Migration of Leatherbacks in French GuianaIrish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET)01-FEB-0831-JAN-09€2,500.00
Managing the Opportunities & Detrimental Impacts of Jellyfish in the Irish SeaEuropean Union01-JUL-0830-JUN-12€265,879.00
Marine Institute An Investigation in gill pathologies in marine reared finfish in IrelandMarine Institute (MI)01-OCT-0830-SEP-11€194,954.00
Commercial Case Feasibility Support Grant.Enterprise Irl01-MAR-1231-AUG-12€18,590.00
Travel SupportEnterprise Irl22-MAY-1216-OCT-12€366.00
Captured at Sea Tags.Science Foundation of Ireland01-JAN-1330-APR-14€61,411.00
Investigating fish movements, residency and mobile benthic fish communities along the inflow and outflow structures of a power plant.Electricity Supply Board (ESB)01-FEB-1331-JAN-15€62,492.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2014)'MARine Litter in Europe Seas: Social AwarenesS and CO-Responsibility'
D. Calilli, M. Di Berardo, J. Veiga, T. Vlachogianni, I. Alampei, R. Thompson, K. Kopke, T. Doyle, T. Maes, E. Garnacho, D. Orthodoxou, X. Loizidou (2014) 'MARine Litter in Europe Seas: Social AwarenesS and CO-Responsibility' In: Bolte, C., & Rauch, F. (Eds.) (eds). Enhancing Inquiry-based Science Education and Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development in Europe: Insights and Reflections on the PROFILES Project and other Projects funded by the European Commission. Berlin and Austria: Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) / Klagenfurt: Alpen-Adria- Universität Klagenfurt (Austria). ISB.   [Details]
(2013)'Ecological and societal benefits of jellyfish'
Doyle, T.K., Hays, G.C., Harrod, C., Houghton, J.D.R (2013) 'Ecological and societal benefits of jellyfish' In: Jellyfish Blooms. New York: Springer. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)'Enhancing public awareness and promoting co-responsibility for marine Litter in Europe: the challenge of MARLISCO'
Veiga, J. M., Vlachogianni, T., Pahl, S., Thompson, R. Kopke, K., Doyle, T., Hartley, B., Maes, T., Orthodoxou, D., & Loizidou, X. (2014) 'Enhancing public awareness and promoting co-responsibility for marine Litter in Europe: the challenge of MARLISCO'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, [Details]
(2013)'Identification of genetically and oceanographically distinct blooms of jellyfish'
Lee, Patricia L. M. and Dawson, Michael N. and Neill, Simon P. and Robins, Peter E. and Houghton, Jonathan D. R. and Doyle, Thomas K. and Hays, Graeme C. (2013) 'Identification of genetically and oceanographically distinct blooms of jellyfish'. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10 (80)   [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'ABUNDANCE, DISTRIBUTION AND COMMUNITY COMPOSITION OF SMALL GELATINOUS ZOOPLANKTON IN SOUTHERN IRISH COASTAL WATERS'
Baxter, E. J. and McAllen, R. and Allcock, A. L. and Doyle, T. K. (2012) 'ABUNDANCE, DISTRIBUTION AND COMMUNITY COMPOSITION OF SMALL GELATINOUS ZOOPLANKTON IN SOUTHERN IRISH COASTAL WATERS'. Biology and Environment-Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 112B (1):91-103   [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Abundance, distribution and community composition of small gelatinous zooplankton in southern Irish coastal waters'
Baxter, E.J., McAllen, R., Allcock, L., Doyle, T.K. (2012) 'Abundance, distribution and community composition of small gelatinous zooplankton in southern Irish coastal waters'. Biology and Environment Proceedings of The Royal Irish Academy, 112B :1-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Foods of Velella velella (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) in algal rafts and its distribution in Irish seas'
Purcell, Jennifer E. and Clarkin, Emmett and Doyle, Thomas K. (2012) 'Foods of Velella velella (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) in algal rafts and its distribution in Irish seas'. Hydrobiologia, 690 (1):47-55   [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'High activity and Levy searches: jellyfish can search the water column like fish'
Hays, Graeme C. and Bastian, Thomas and Doyle, Thomas K. and Fossette, Sabrina and Gleiss, Adrian C. and Gravenor, Michael B. and Hobson, Victoria J. and Humphries, Nicolas E. and Lilley, Martin K. S. and Pade, Nicolas G. and Sims, David W. (2012) 'High activity and Levy searches: jellyfish can search the water column like fish'. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 279 (1728):465-473   [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Monitoring marine populations and communities: methods dealing with imperfect detectability'
Katsanevakis, S. and Weber, A. and Pipitone, C. and Leopold, M. and Cronin, M. and Scheidat, M. and Doyle, T. K. and Buhl-Mortensen, L. and Buhl-Mortensen, P. and D'Anna, G. and de Boois, I. and Dalpadado, P. and Damalas, D. and Fiorentino, F. and Garofalo, G. and Giacalone, V. M. and Hawley, K. L. and Issaris, Y. and Jansen, J. and Knight, C. M. and Knittweis, L. and Kroencke, I. and Mirto, S. and Muxika, I. and Reiss, H. and Skjoldal, H. R. and Voege, S. (2012) 'Monitoring marine populations and communities: methods dealing with imperfect detectability'. Aquatic Biology, 16 (1):31-52   [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Gill damage to Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) caused by the Common jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) under experimental challenge'
Baxter, E.J., Sturt, M.M., Ruane, N.M., Doyle, T.K., McAllen, R., Harman, L., Rodger, H.D.; (2011) 'Gill damage to Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) caused by the Common jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) under experimental challenge'. PloS ONE, 6(4) [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Pleated turtle escapes the box - shape changes in Dermochelys coriacea'
Davenport, John and Plot, Virginie and Georges, Jean-Yves and Doyle, Thomas K. and James, Michael C. (2011) 'Pleated turtle escapes the box - shape changes in Dermochelys coriacea'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214 (20):3474-3479   [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Gill disorders in marine-farmed salmon: investigating the role of hydrozoan jellyfish'
Baxter, E.J., Rodger, H.D., McAllen, R., Doyle, T.K.; (2011) 'Gill disorders in marine-farmed salmon: investigating the role of hydrozoan jellyfish'. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 1 :245-257 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Gill Damage to Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Caused by the Common Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) under Experimental Challenge'
Baxter, Emily J. and Sturt, Michael M. and Ruane, Neil M. and Doyle, Thomas K. and McAllen, Rob and Harman, Luke and Rodger, Hamish D. (2011) 'Gill Damage to Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Caused by the Common Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) under Experimental Challenge'. Plos One, 6 (4)   [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Fisheries bycatch data provide insights into the distribution of the mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) around Ireland'
Bastian, T., Stokes, D, Kelleher, J.E., Hays, G.C., Davenport, J., Doyle, T.K.; (2011) 'Fisheries bycatch data provide insights into the distribution of the mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) around Ireland'. ICES Journal of Marine Science, [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Global patterns of epipelagic gelatinous zooplankton biomass'
Lilley, M. K. S. and Beggs, S. E. and Doyle, T. K. and Hobson, V. J. and Stromberg, K. H. P. and Hays, G. C. (2011) 'Global patterns of epipelagic gelatinous zooplankton biomass'. Marine Biology, 158 (11):2429-2436   [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Have jellyfish in the Irish Sea benefited from climate change and overfishing?'
C . P. LYNAM, M. K. S. LILLEY, T. BASTIAN, T. K . DOYLE, S. E. BEGGS and G . C . HAYS; (2011) 'Have jellyfish in the Irish Sea benefited from climate change and overfishing?'. Global Change Biology, 17 :767-782 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Large scale sampling reveals the spatio-temporal distributions of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata in the Irish Sea'
Bastian, T., Haberlin, D., Purcell, J.E., Hays, G.C., Davenport, J., McAllen, R., Doyle, T.K.; (2011) 'Large scale sampling reveals the spatio-temporal distributions of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata in the Irish Sea'. Marine Biology,   [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'The biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish Mola mola: a review of current knowledge and future research perspectives'
Pope, E. C.,Hays, G. C.,Thys, T. M.,Doyle, T. K.,Sims, D. W.,Queiroz, N.,Hobson, V. J.,Kubicek, L.,Houghton, J. D. R.; (2010) 'The biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish Mola mola: a review of current knowledge and future research perspectives'. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 20 (44):471-487471   [Details]
(2010)'Environmental context explains Levy and Brownian movement patterns of marine predators'
Humphries, NE; Queiroz, N; Dyer, JRM; Pade, NG; Musyl, MK; Schaefer, KM; Fuller, DW; Brunnschweiler, JM; Doyle, TK; Houghton, JDR; Hays, GC; Jones, CS; Noble, LR; Wearmouth, VJ; Southall, EJ Sims, DW; (2010) 'Environmental context explains Levy and Brownian movement patterns of marine predators'. Nature, 465 (73017301):1066-10691066   [Details]
(2010)'Opening and closing mechanisms of the leatherback sea turtle larynx: a crucial role for the tongue'
Fraher, J.,Davenport, J.,Fitzgerald, E.,McLaughlin, P.,Doyle, T.,Harman, L.,Cuffe, T.; (2010) 'Opening and closing mechanisms of the leatherback sea turtle larynx: a crucial role for the tongue'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213 (2424):4137-41454137   [Details]
(2010)'Identification of jellyfish from Continuous Plankton Recorder samples'
Baxter, EJ; Walne, AW; Purcell, JE; McAllen, R; Doyle, TK; (2010) 'Identification of jellyfish from Continuous Plankton Recorder samples'. Hydrobiologia, 645 :193-201 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Opening and closing mechanisms of the leatherback sea turtle larynx: a crucial role for the tongue'
Fraher, J,Davenport, J,Fitzgerald, E,McLaughlin, P,Doyle, T,Harman, L,Cuffe, T; (2010) 'Opening and closing mechanisms of the leatherback sea turtle larynx: a crucial role for the tongue'. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 213 :4137-4145 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Tracking leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) during consecutive inter-nesting intervals: Further support for direct transmitter attachment'
Byrne, R.,Fish, J.,Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.; (2009) 'Tracking leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) during consecutive inter-nesting intervals: Further support for direct transmitter attachment'. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 377 (22):68-7568   [Details]
(2009)'Ontogenetic changes in tracheal structure facilitate deep dives and cold water foraging in adult leatherback sea turtles'
Davenport, J; Fraher, J; Fitzgerald, E; McLaughlin, P; Doyle, T; Harman, L; Cuffe, T; Dockery, P; (2009) 'Ontogenetic changes in tracheal structure facilitate deep dives and cold water foraging in adult leatherback sea turtles'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212 (2121):3440-34473440   [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)'
Davenport, J.,Fraher, J.,Fitzgerald, E.,McLaughlin, P.,Doyle, T.,Harman, L.,Cuffe, T.; (2009) 'Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212 (1717):2753-27592753   [Details]
(2009)'Satellite tracking of the World's largest bony fish, the ocean sunfish (Mola mola L.) in the North East Atlantic'
Sims, D. W.,Queiroz, N.,Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.,Hays, G. C.; (2009) 'Satellite tracking of the World's largest bony fish, the ocean sunfish (Mola mola L.) in the North East Atlantic'. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 370 (1-21-2):127-133127   [Details]
(2009)'Ontogenetic changes in tracheal structure facilitate deep dives and cold water foraging in adult leatherback sea turtles'
Davenport, J,Fraher, J,Fitzgerald, E,McLaughlin, P,Doyle, T,Harman, L,Cuffe, T,Dockery, P; (2009) 'Ontogenetic changes in tracheal structure facilitate deep dives and cold water foraging in adult leatherback sea turtles'. The Journal of experimental biology, 212 :3440-3447 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)'
Davenport, J,Fraher, J,Fitzgerald, E,McLaughlin, P,Doyle, T,Harman, L,Cuffe, T; (2009) 'Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)'. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 212 :2753-2759 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Leatherback turtles satellite-tagged in European waters'
Doyle, T.K., Houghton, J.D., O'Súilleabháin, P.F., Hobson, V., Marnell, F., Davenport, J. & Hays, G.C.; (2008) 'Leatherback turtles satellite-tagged in European waters'. Endangered species research, 4 :23-31 [Details]
(2008)'The role of infrequent and extraordinary deep dives in leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)'
Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T. K.,Davenport, J.,Wilson, R. P.,Hays, G. C.; (2008) 'The role of infrequent and extraordinary deep dives in leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 211 (1616):2566-25752566   [Details]
(2008)'Widespread occurrence of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in Irish coastal and shelf waters'
Doyle, T.K., de Haas, H., Cotton, D., Dorschel, B., Cummins, V., Houghton, J.D.R., Davenport, J., Hays, G.C.; (2008) 'Widespread occurrence of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in Irish coastal and shelf waters'. Journal of Plankton Research, 30 (8):963-968 [Details]
(2008)'Diving behaviour of jellyfish equipped with electronic tags'
Hays, G. C.,Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.,Lilley, M. K. S.,Metcalfe, J. D.,Righton, D.; (2008) 'Diving behaviour of jellyfish equipped with electronic tags'. Journal of Plankton Research, 30 (33):325-331325   [Details]
(2007)'The broad-scale distribution of five jellyfish species across a temperate coastal environment'
Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.,Buckley, S. M.,Hays, G. C.,Davenport, J.; (2007) 'The broad-scale distribution of five jellyfish species across a temperate coastal environment'. Hydrobiologia, 579 :29-3929   [Details]
(2007)'Stranding events provide indirect insights into the seasonality and persistence of jellyfish medusae (Cnidaria : Scyphozoa)'
Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T. K.,Davenport, J.,Lilley, M. K. S.,Wilson, R. P.,Hays, G. C.; (2007) 'Stranding events provide indirect insights into the seasonality and persistence of jellyfish medusae (Cnidaria : Scyphozoa)'. Hydrobiologia, 589 :1-131   [Details]
(2007)'The energy density of jellyfish: Estimates from bomb-calorimetry and proximate-composition'
Doyle, T. K.,Houghton, J. D. R.,McDevitt, R.,Davenport, J.,Hays, G. C.; (2007) 'The energy density of jellyfish: Estimates from bomb-calorimetry and proximate-composition'. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 343 (22):239-252239   [Details]
(2006)'Developing a simple, rapid method for identifying and monitoring jellyfish aggregations from the air'
Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T. K.,Davenport, J.,Hays, G. C.; (2006) 'Developing a simple, rapid method for identifying and monitoring jellyfish aggregations from the air'. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 314 :159-170159   [Details]
(2006)'The ocean sunfish Mola mola: insights into distribution, abundance and behaviour in the Irish and Celtic Seas'
Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T. K.,Davenport, J.,Hays, G. C.; (2006) 'The ocean sunfish Mola mola: insights into distribution, abundance and behaviour in the Irish and Celtic Seas'. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 86 (55):1237-12431237   [Details]
(2006)'Jellyfish aggregations and leatherback turtle foraging patterns in a temperate coastal environment'
Houghton, J.D.R. ,Doyle, T.K., Wilson, M.W., Davenport, J. &Hays, G.C.; (2006) 'Jellyfish aggregations and leatherback turtle foraging patterns in a temperate coastal environment'. Ecology, 87 :1967-1972 [Details]
(2003)'Aircraft give a new view of jellyfish behaviour'
Hays, G. C.,Houghton, J. D. R.,Doyle, T.,Davenport, J.; (2003) 'Aircraft give a new view of jellyfish behaviour'. Nature, 426 (69656965):383-383383   [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2007)Audience Research: Awareness and Appreciation of Coastal Environments in Fingal County Council.
O'Mahony C and Doyle T (2007) Audience Research: Awareness and Appreciation of Coastal Environments in Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council, Report prepared for Fingal County Council as part of INTERREG IIIA Living Coasts-Living Seas Project. [Details]

Abstract

 YearPublication
(2009)Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea.
Fraher, J,Davenport, J,Mclaughlin, P,Cuffe, T,Fitzgerald, E,Harman, L,Doyle, T (2009) Fat head: an analysis of head and neck insulation in the Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea. Abstract [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(2003)Aircraft give a new view of jellyfish behaviour.
Hays, GC,Houghton, JDR,Doyle, T,Davenport, J (2003) Aircraft give a new view of jellyfish behaviour. Other [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2011Postdoctoral Researcher of the Year Environmental Research Institute

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2007)American Society for Limnology and Oceanography Conference,
Doyle, T.K., Houghton, J.D.R., Buckley, S.M., Hays, G.C., Davenport, J. (2007) The broad-scale distribution of five jellyfish species across a temperate coastal environment. [Oral Presentation], American Society for Limnology and Oceanography Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA , 01-APR-07 - 01-APR-07. [Details]
(2009)American Society for Limnology and Oceanography Conference,
Doyle, T.K., Baxter E.J., Fleming, N., McAllen, R., Houghton, J.D.R., Cotton, D., Hays, G.C. (2009) Unprecedented harmful jelly bloom in Irish waters kills 250,000 farmed salmon. [Oral Presentation], American Society for Limnology and Oceanography Conference, Nice, France , 01-JUL-09 - 01-JUL-09. [Details]
(2010)European Parliament 'Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup',
Doyle, T.K, Hays, G.C. (2010) The rise of slime: Jellyfish invasions, a consequence of a failed management of our seas?. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Parliament 'Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup', Brussels, Belgium , 30-SEP-10 - 30-SEP-10. [Details]
(2012)PICES-2012: Effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors in the North Pacific ecosystems:,
Thomas K. Doyle, Emily J. Baxter, Graeme C. Hays, Hamish D. Rodger and Neil M. Ruane (2012) Detrimental impacts of jellyfish on finfish aquaculture: insights from the North East Atlantic. [Invited Oral Presentation], PICES-2012: Effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors in the North Pacific ecosystems:, Hiroshima, Japan , 18-OCT-12 - 18-OCT-12. [Details]
(2013)Fourth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium,
Thomas K Doyle (2013) Interactions between jellyfish and predators. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], Fourth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, Hiroshima, Japan , 06-JUN-13 - 06-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)Fourth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium,
Doyle, T.K., Hobson, V.J., Bastian, T., Houghton, J.D.R., Fitzpatrick, M., Hays, G.C., (2013) A potential jellyfish fishery along Europe’s Atlantic fringe: ripe for over-exploitation?. [Oral Presentation], Fourth International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium, Hiroshima, Japan , 07-JUN-13 - 07-JUN-13. [Details]

Outreach Activities

 Description

Dr Doyle has actively engaged the media to increase the dissemination of his research and to raise the profile of the CMRC and UCC. For example, >50 articles have been written about his research in in local and national newspapers (inc. The Irish Times, The Examiner, The Sunday Tribune, BBC Wildlife Magazine) and he has made regular appearances on local and national radio (inc. Morning Ireland, The Mooney Show, Pat Kenny Show and Moncrieff). In addition to the print and radio media, Tom has featured in several wildlife documentaries, most notably a 45 minute programme entitled “Searching for Ireland’s giant sea turtles” which documented his attempt to satellite tag a leatherback sea turtle off Dingle. Tom has also featured in BBC’s Coast, RTE’s Wild Migrations and more recently he appeared in two episodes of Colin Stafford Johnson’s ‘Living the Wildlife’ TV Series (RTE).

Contact details

  • Thomas Doyle
    Research Fellow
  • t.doyle@ucc.ie
  • Coastal and Marine Research Centre
    Environmental Research Institute
    University College Cork, Naval Base, Haulbowline,
    Cobh, Co. Cork,
    Ireland.
  • +353-21-4703119

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