Mark Jessop

Title: Research Fellow
Role: Researcher
Location: University College Cork


Mark completed his BSc. (hons) in Zoology from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1995. Following this, he worked for the British Antarctic Survey, conducting research on Antarctic fur seals, penguins, and albatrosses. He then moved to Ireland in 2003 to begin PhD studies at University College Cork on the design and monitoring of marine reserves. This was followed by postdoctoral work on nutrient and ecosystem dynamics in Irish marine reserves. Mark joined the MaREI Centre in 2010 to conduct research on the distribution and feeding ecology of seabirds and seals through diet and telemetry studies.

Research Interests

Mark’s research focuses on the distribution of higher predators in the marine environment. He specializes in the application of biotelemetry to investigate behavioural responses of seabirds and seals to human activities including marine renewables, fisheries and oil & gas. Mark is PI on projects including aerial and ship surveys for marine mammals and seabirds in offshore waters, remote monitoring of seabirds in the high arctic, and assessing environmental impacts of marine renewables. Mark is co-PI on seabird census and tracking projects with John Quinn, and supervises 2 PhD and 2 MRes students.

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