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Emma Gorman

Emma Gorman - EnAlgae Research Technician

MSci with First Class Honours in Aquatic Bioscience from the University of Glasgow (including work placement project based at Exploris Aquarium – Project title: Rearing Juvenile Seahorses)


Research Interests

I am currently the general site technician for the Marine Laboratory, having recently returned to the role following a 3 year secondment to the Interreg funded EnAlgae project. This project focussed around the potential use of algae for biofuels, and required the cultivation of kelp species L. digitata, S. latissima and A. esculenta in our lab based hatchery, followed by deployment to longlines in Strangford Lough. This project funded the construction of a seaweed hatchery facility on site at QML, where a further grant has already been secured for cultivation research.


My work involves maintenance of the seawater system on site, taking part in boat and diving fieldwork, and assisting in student and postdoctoral research across a wide range of marine related themes.


Professional Experience

Aquarist/Guide with Seal Rehabilitation – Exploris Aquarium                    2005 – 2008

Scientific Officer - NIEA Land and Resource Management Unit                 2008 - 2009

Aquaculture Technician, Modiolus Research and Restoration Project –

Queen’s University Marine Laboratory                                                    2009-2011

HSE Part IV Commercial Diver

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling



Graham Kerr Memorial Prize for Aquatic Bioscience 2005 – Glasgow University



Modiolus Research and Restoration Project: Final Report and Recommendations  - May 2011 – D. Roberts, L. Allcock, J. M. Farinas Franco, E. Gorman, C. A. Maggs, A. M. Mahon, D. Smyth, E. Strain and C.D. Wilson


Contact Information

Tel: +44 (0)28 427 27816


Room: Queen's University Marine Laboratory, Portaferry

Contact Information

Queen's University Marine Laboratory (QML)
12-13 The Strand, Portaferry
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 1PF
Phone: +44 (0)28 427 28230

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