I am a fisheries scientist whose research focuses on the biology, ecology and evolution of marine fishes, particularly elasmobranchs and small pelagic species. These interests can be broadly divided into two complementary areas; Fisheries and Biodiversity & Conservation. I am particularly interested in environmental and anthropogenic effects on life-history characteristics, behaviour and population dynamics. My research utilises an extensive range of laboratory and field skills to investigate these topics, including anatomical, histological and genetic techniques and also conventional and electronic tagging. I am actively involved in elasmobranch research and conservation in my rolse as chairman of the Irish Elasmobranch Group and Regional vice-chair of the northeast Atlantic IUCN Shark Specialist Group.