Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation
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Deirdre Brophy

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Institute:Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Phone:00353 91 742484

Summary of CV:

Deirdre Brophy, lecturer at GMIT, is an active researcher in fisheries and marine ecology, specific interest include; sustainable fisheries management; fish population biology and stock structure; early life history and recruitment; otolith shape, microstructure and composition. Currently supervises 8 postgraduate and 2 postdoctoral researchers (2 PhD and 1 MSc students graduated since 2005). Teaching on undergraduate teaching programs; Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology (Hons) degree, Agriculture and Environmental Management Degree, (subjects include: biology, marine and freshwater ecology, biodiversity and conservation, water pollution, analytical science, environmental science, environmental management. Over €1.7 million research funding secured since 2005. 13 peer-reviewed publications since 2002, an additional 7 currently in review.

Experience Higher education:

2003 to present: Lecturer, School of Science, GMIT
2005-present: Part-time lecturing Adult Education Program, NUI Galway
2000-2002: Laboratory Demonstrator, Zoology Dept. UCD, Dublin

Participation in Projects:

  • D. Brophy, E. Gosling, R. Cosgrove., Stock structure and migration patterns in Atlantic albacore, NDP/BIM Supporting Measures 05-07 , €230,222 – in collaboration with AZTI, Spain.
  • Simulated archival tagging programme of albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) in the North East Atlantic including an analysis of factors affecting tag recovery – joint program, BIM/GMIT/AZTI Spain/IEO
  • 2001 and 2007: participated in EU sysresource/syntheses access to research infrastructure program

  • Initiated postgraduate student visit to international laboratory: Department of Fisheries Oceanography, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


  • Haynes, P., O’ Callaghan, R., Brophy, D., McGrath, D., Comerford S., & Casburn, P. 2010 Annual and Spatial Variation in the Abundance Length and Condition of Turbot (Psetta maxima L.) on Nursery Grounds on the West Coast of Ireland: 2000 – 2007 J. Sea Res. In press.
  • Doherty, S., Brophy, D & Gosling, E. 2009 Synchronous reproduction may facilitate introgression in a hybrid mussel (Mytilus) population. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. and Ecol. 378, 1-7.
  • Burke, N., Brophy, D. & King P.A. 2008 Otolith shape analysis, its application for discriminating between Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) stocks in the Irish Sea. ICES J. Mar. Sci 65: 1670–1675
  • Brophy, D., & King, P. A. 2007 Larval otolith growth histories show evidence of stock structure in Northeast Atlantic blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou). ICES J. of Mar. Sci., 64 1136-1144. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsm080
  • Brophy, D., Danilowicz B.S., & King P. 2006 Evidence of spawning season fidelity and natal homing in sympatric populations of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus L.) Can. J. Fish. Aqua. Sci. 63(3): 607-616

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