Meet the Team

The Team

Katie Boyle

Katie Boyle

Katie Boyle is a Marine Microbiologist who studied at University Galway. Katie has experience working on Oyster and Mussel farms across Ireland throughout her studies as well as experience on Irish research vessels. This experience sparked her enthusiasm for aquaculture, especially aquaculture in Ireland.

Katie has always been involved in teaching throughout her time at University Galway, mentoring students, demonstrating in labs and even teaching science experiments to primary school student’s through Cell Explorers.

Katie is keen to share her knowledge of Aquaculture in Ireland and love of the ocean through fun and exciting lessons on board the ARC.

Áine O’Donnell

Áine O’Donnell

Aine O Donnell is a qualified nutrition scientist and bioeconomy graduate with a thriving appetite for education and public outreach.  Aine has been driving positive behaviour change for over 10 years, educating people and creating awareness about general health, nutrition and smart living.

Aine’s primary role on the ARC focuses on communicating the benefits of seafood as part of a balanced diet as well as the importance of sustainable aquaculture for coastal communities, climate adaptation and global food security. Her knowledge and leadership qualities have helped cultivate a unique and unforgettable learning experience for students onboard the ARC.

Both team members are Garda vetted and have completed training in First Aid response and Child Protection.

The Professor

Professor O’ Mara

Professor O’ Mara

Professor O’ Mara will be guiding young learners on their virtual tour of the Irish coast to visit Salmon, Oyster and Mussel farms and he’ll deliver key facts and information about aquaculture. 

He knows his science and he’s quite the character.


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The ARC

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The ARC Visit, what happens on the day?

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Online Lessons & Resources