Our Researchers

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Raeanne is a marine ecologist with expertise in marine invertebrate larvae and the environmental consequences of deploying man-made structures in the sea. She joined the Bryden Centre in September 2018, as a researcher at the University of the Highlands and Islands based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland.

Within the context of the Bryden Centre, she hopes to shed light on the organisms which grow on marine renewable energy infrastructure, to 1) understand the cues which attract larvae to marine renewable energy infrastructure, 2) enable prediction of biofouling pressure across a variety of marine environments, in order to 3) improve strategies for biofouling mitigation. More fundamentally, she seeks to understand the cues which influence the dispersal and settlement patterns of biofouling organisms and other marine invertebrates, including crustaceans, molluscs, and polychaete worms.

She is also experienced in knowledge exchange in both the marine renewable energy and climate science sectors.

She is a member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy, and she is co-lead of the Ocean Systems Research Area at SAMS.

She also enjoys spending time running and mountain biking in the Scottish Highlands, and compete in off-road races and triathlons.

University of Highland and Islands

Dr. Raeanne Miller

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Lilian is a marine ecologist with a research interest in predator-prey interactions and underlying bio-physical mechanisms. She was appointed a Bryden Centre Research Fellow in Jan 2019. Lilian is mainly based at the Queen’s University Belfast Marine Laboratory in Portaferry, situated on the shores of the Narrows tidal channel, Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, UK.  

Using a range of active acoustic instruments (multibeam sonar, echosounders, ADCPs), her research focusses on the interactions of marine fauna (seals, fish, zooplankton) and hydrodynamics, particularly in the vicinity of offshore renewable energy devices. Her research aims to further our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the fine-scale distribution and behaviour of animals in highly energetic environments. In studying these interactions, this also aims to inform consenting decisions of offshore renewables. Working on the interface of ecology and oceanography, Lilian has also gained considerable experience engaging with developers, manufacturers and regulatory bodies.

Most recently, and in collaboration with Bangor University and the University of Plymouth, Lilian investigated the influence of wake structures (both natural and man-made wakes) on top predators using a combination of vantage point surveys, UAVs (drones) flights and mobile ADCP transects. 

As a research fellow funded by the recently completed EU Horizon 2020 Powerkite project, she was involved in studies relating to tidal device noise assessments and listening space reduction in marine mammals, collision risk modelling, the characterisation of highly energetic sites, and the investigation of fine-scale hydrodynamic features influencing top predator at-sea distributions.  

 

Lilian was a MASTS Prize PhD student and completed her doctorate at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  She has had a long interest in sharks and worked towards developing hydroacoustic tools to visualise predators, their immediate habitat and underlying hydrodynamics. For instance, during her PhD, she used high-frequency multibeam sonar to detect basking sharks off the West Coast of Scotland.  Since then, her hands-on experience in active acoustic data collection has taken her further afield, e.g. the Chagos Archipelago (British Indian Ocean Territory; 2016), South Africa (Robben and Dassen Island; 2016) and Ningaloo Reef (Western Australia; 2018) as part of on-going collaborations with the University of St Andrews (Prof Andrew Brierley).

Queen's University Belfast

Dr. Lilian Lieber

Narendran is a mechanical engineer with specialization in hydrodynamics and marine renewable energy. He did his Masters in Engineering Design and completed Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). During his Ph.D. programme he developed a renewable energy converter called VORTEX-INDUCED VIBRATION ENERGY CONVERTER (VIVEC) which generates power from the marine water currents. He has interests in the field of fluid mechanics and flow visualization techniques.

His expertise also lays in the field of CFD and experimental methods and measurements. After his Ph.D. he was working as Research Fellow in National University of Singapore (NUS) for more than 2 years. There along with his team he was designing a novel offshore floating platform with effective flow control strategy.

Currently he is working in Bryden centre as postdoctoral researcher and his focus is on the Ocean renewable energy development plan for GB&I.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Dr. Narendran Kumar

Chris is a chemical engineer who has research interests in renewable energy and sustainable production of chemicals.  He joined the Bryden Centre in February 2019 as a research fellow at LYIT Letterkenny campus.  Before arriving at LYIT he completed his undergraduate study in Chemical Engineering before undertaking an MPhil and PhD at Queen’s University Belfast under the supervision of Dr Gary Sheldrake and Prof David Rooney.

During his MPhil he investigated the catalytic processing of suberin rich biomass using precious metal catalysts for the production of fatty acids and aromatic compounds (Green Chemistry 2018. Doi 10.1039/C8GC00605A).  This project was scaled from a 100 mL reactor to a 1 L reactor as part of the Interreg IVB ReNew project (Resource Innovation Network for European Waste).

He then undertook his PhD focusing on induction heating as a method to convert electrical energy to thermal energy as an alternative method for heating chemical reactions.  Within this he looked at both organic and inorganic chemical reactions including fine chemical production.  He then worked as part of a CASE (Centre for Advanced and Sustainable Energy) project at QUB (Dr Kevin Morgan) on catalytic aftertreatment of natural gas and dual fuel powered vehicles.

During his time in the Bryden Centre he will focus on bioenergy production from both land and marine biomass through a variety of thermochemical techniques alongside extraction methods for valuable chemicals.  He hopes to be able to demonstrate a viable process which incorporates both chemical production alongside bioenergy production with an industrial partner at pilot scale before the conclusion of the Bryden Centre.

Outside of work Chris also works on sustainability through a company he started with other PhD students while at QUB, COVET CLR.  The aim of the company is to promote sustainable attitudes to SME businesses.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Dr. Chris McCallum

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Queen's University Belfast

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