Meet the Team

The Team The Team

Áine-Lisa Shannon

Áine-lisa Shannon is a qualified marine biologist who studied in NUI Galway & University College Cork. While studying marine biology throughout the years, this instilled a keen interest in science communication studies and Áine-lisa has a strong desire in promoting the positives of aquaculture in Ireland. Having worked on many research vessels all around the Atlantic Ocean, Áine-lisa has lots of hands on experience at sea and very strong sea legs! This is also not the first time Áine-lisa has worked with children as she taught many science experiments to primary schools through Steam Education Ltd. Áine-lisa is looking forward to meeting everyone on the ARC in 2021 to teach them about all things aquaculture.

Áine O’Donnell

Aine is a nutrition science graduate. She is a highly driven and ambitious individual who has a passion to educate children, people and anyone who will listen about healthy living and smarter lifestyle choices. Her expertise in nutrition and specifically the benefits of eating seafood regularly will be a primary focus throughout her work on the ARC and a key take home message for the pupils. Áine is eager to educate young people about Irish aquaculture and the positive impacts aquaculture has on coastal communities around Ireland. Aine plans to make this one stop visit exciting and engaging for all.


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

The Professor The Professor

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.




The ARC Visit, what happens on the day?


Online Lessons & Resources