Dr Niall McGinty


I'm broadly interested in marine spatial ecology and time series analysis of pelagic ecosystems ranging from the micro- to the macroscale. I am particularly interested in the ways in which organisms (especially zooplankton) respond to changes in the climate regarding their distribution, niches and timing.

My PhD was conducted in the NUI Galway where I examined the regional scale variability of plankton within Irish waters over the last 50 years, and tried to put into context these findings with the large scale shifts observed across the North Atlantic during that time.

At MtA I will be investigating the realised niches of zooplankton in vastly different areas, comparing species with similar traits and also exploring how these niches may change through time.