Born and raised in Caherdaniel, on a farm overlooking the Kenmare Bay Eleanor is a Marine Biologist whose main interests lie in the areas of community engagement in environmental management and invasive species management.
After graduating with Bsc. Marine Biology from Bangor university, she travelled for several years before returning to her hometown. Her current role is as Biosphere Officer working with South Kerry Development Partnership on the Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. She has previously worked in marine awareness and education.
Locally Eleanor is involved with community groups focusing on various environmental issues. Her work with these inspiring communities has directed her area of research towards community engagement in biodiversity management.
Eleanor’s research is focusing on how communities engage with and implement action-based projects in environmental conservation and management. Her research will provide a framework to better support communities seeking to engage in this kind of work and aims to increase the impact of community action towards achieving national goals for biodiversity conservation.