Dr Emmett Clarkin joined us as a contributor to our articles recently, and here we take the opportunity to introduce him a little.
Emmett’s passion for nature and the environment came from growing up in the
heart of the Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland. His passion for the ocean came from time spent with family on trips to the wild Atlantic coastlines of County Donegal, Ireland.
After studying for his Bachelor of Science in Marine Zoology, Emmett completed a Masters in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology, and a PhD in Marine Ecology. He spent most of his doctoral research at sea, studying the ecology of rafting macroalgae and the connectivity of marine communities using ocean currents as dispersal pathways.
Later Emmett worked for the Australian Institute of Marine Science, where he was involved with extensive research along the length of the Great Barrier Reef, and it was here where his diving career really started in earnest.
Combining his passion for marine science communication, outreach and underwater photography, Emmett now travels the world working as an Undersea Specialist and Expedition Diver.
Emmett’s scientific and diving career allows him to visit some of the most remote marine habitats on earth, from tropical regions in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, to the temperate waters of North West Europe, and into the polar seas of the Arctic and Antarctica where he loves exploring the most.
Emmett will be joining us as a guest naturalist, scientist and instructor on future projects, alone with writing for us time to time here on the blog page of the site (when his expedition schedule allows). We are looking forward to having him onboard with us more in future, and getting in the water with him again soon.