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Dr Keith focuses on two main themes:

Fisheries Science

Creating and testing mathematical and computational models of fisheries systems using connected sets of partial differential equations and broader simulation methods. This work contributes to the scientific foundation of `ecosystem based fisheries management’ and helps pioneer radically new forms of fisheries management such as the Real Time Incentive (RTI) scheme.

Fundamental Biology

Enquiry into the `essence’ of life using information and cybernetic theory. The aim is to build a coherent theory of what life essentially is and use this to better inform biological science `from molecules to ecosystems’. Examples of research include an inquiry into the basis of the autonomy of organisms, the informational foundation of biodiversity and the extent to which ecosystems are really a thing.

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Open to PhD applications from those having at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a strongly mathematically based subject, who are interested in using information, cybernetic or network theory to advance our understanding of life as a phenomenon: please read my publications for clarification and inspiration. 

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Research Students

Phd Title: Developing advanced statistical and machine learning methods to quantify the state space of large complicated fisheries management simulation models

Name: Sarah Campbell (Mathematics Graduate)

Alumni: Where are they now? 

Dr Tak Fung - National University of Singapore

Dr Olga Lyashevska - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

Dr Deirdre Duggan - Director of Programs and Science at Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia

Public Outreach

Scientific American

Wild fish ecosystems resist impact of biodiversity loss 

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Dr Keith Farnsworth- Wild fish ecosystems

Science Daily

Seals not competing with Irish fishing stocks

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Dr Keith Farnsworth - Seals not competing with Irish fishing stocks

The Irish Times

Seals give five stars to wild salmon in Irish waters

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Dr Keith Farnsworth - Seals give five stars to wild salmon in Irish waters

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