Amy completed her Bachelor of Science in Zoology in University College Dublin in 2010. Her thesis focused on the plants and animals found in rock pools. From volunteering in NGOs, she became interested in science communication and marine biology. Her interests resulted in a Master of Research in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems in the University of St. Andrews. Amy returned to rock pools and completed her PhD in Marine Biology University College Cork in 2018. During her time in UCC she was able to keep her passion for science communication by working for Bright Sparks and STEAM Education Ltd. Amy completed a graduate placement in Bord Iascaigh Mhara that focused on the mussel sector. Surprised at the variety and scale of aquaculture in Ireland, Amy will now not stop talking about it…
Aine is a recent nutrition science graduate. She is a highly driven and ambitious individual who has a passion to educate children, people and anyone who will listen about healthy living and smarter lifestyle choices. Her expertise in nutrition and specifically the benefits of eating seafood regularly will be a primary focus throughout her work on the ARC and a key take home message for the pupils. Áine is eager to educate young people about Irish aquaculture and the positive impacts aquaculture has on coastal communities around Ireland. Aine plans to make this one stop visit exciting and engaging for all.
Both team members are Garda vetted and have completed training in First Aid response and Child Protection.