Media Coverage: RTE- 10 Things to Know About… Water

In August 2015, I was asked to be part of a programme on RTE 1 called 10 Things to Know About…Water. It was Episode 5 in a 6 part series showcasing Irish research. #LoveIrishResearch.

I had a great time filming with Kathriona Devereux on Ballyloughane beach and in the image analysis lab at GMIT.



On Ballyloughane Beach, Galway with Kathriona Devereux       Image:@10Things_ToKnow


The show can be watched in full here.

I moved to Galway three years ago to study microplastics and their distribution and implications on the marine environment, mainly because there hadn’t been any studies previous to the research that we were going to do’… ‘I went to sea on the Celtic Explorer for a few months and we found microplastics in almost every sample that we took at sea. In my research we looked at a group of fish called mesopelagic fish and we found microplastic in 11% of the fish that we studied. We took out their whole digestive tract and dissolved it, so we knew that whatever we found in our sample was going to have come from inside the animal’… ‘We did find microplastic in commercially sourced fish from previous studies we’ve done. In the English Channel, we found 36% of the fish we looked at to have microplastics in their stomachs’… ‘It’s a very new area of research, 10 years ago we didn’t know that microplastics existed in the marine environment’… ‘I think we need to work a lot more on legislation and more on recycling and reusing plastics in trying to get away from single-use plastics and plastics that aren’t necessarily required in our day-to-day lives’. 



Media Coverage: NearFm podcast January 2014

originally posted on 30/1/2014 on

Before Christmas, we were asked to contribute to a 2-part radio podcast by Lenny Antonelli.  Ireland’s Oceans follows marine scientists to learn about the science surrounding Ireland’s coastline.

In part One, Dr. Simon Berrow, Dr. Joanne O’Brien, Marta Bolgan (PhD Researcher), and Amy Lusher talk about the research we are carrying out at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

This is what is written on the nearfm’s website:

“Ireland has over 1400 km of coastline and 220 million acres of seabed, some of it as deep as 5km. Our seas have weathered our coastlines and shaped our climate. In the distant past the freezing of these oceans created the icecaps that sculpted our land. And when the ice melted, rising seas turned our fragment of north Atlantic rock into an island. Our oceans brought the first settlers to Ireland but later carried millions away.

Despite living on this small island out on the Atlantic we don’t really think of ourselves as an oceanic country and most of us have little connection with the sea. But today Ireland is leading the way in the study of the sea, and our scientists are starting to understand how our oceans work in ever more complex and exciting ways.”

 Published by Amy Lusher