The Marine Research Unit conducts research to facilitate the designation of areas to protect marine habitats and species, management of protected marine habitats and species, and implementation of Ireland’s national and international biodiversity obligations and commitments. Major research projects or initiatives that directly contribute to the protection and/or management of protected habitats or species in Ireland are also financially supported through contributions to national/international research initiatives or more directly through postgraduate funding.


Members of the Scientific Unit can be contacted by e-mailing: