About the speaker:
Dr O’Connor is a marine biologist specialising in the protection and sustainable development of benthic species. Her current research includes developing new methods of cultivating kelp to enhance productivity and resilience to disturbances. She also studies interactions between biodiversity loss and climate change and how global change is affecting how marine ecosystems function.
Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university, with a strong reputation as a research intensive centre, it is also Ireland’s highest-rated university in all major ranking systems and in the top 100 universities in the world.
Nessa O’Connor will present the preliminary results of a transdisciplinary gap analysis on the potential for regenerative ocean farming in the Atlantic and Arctic Sea basin region. The C-FAARER project will provide a roadmap to achieve regenerative nature-positive outcomes, including guidance for ocean farmers to help them innovate their business models. They are working with SMEs in Ireland and Norway to establish a new cluster of emerging regenerative ocean farmers and aim to produce best practice guidelines and share knowledge that will advance the tools for a socially, environmentally and economically thriving seaweed industry in Ireland and elsewhere in the region.