Dr Katie O’Dwyer
Katie O’Dwyer is a lecturer at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Ireland. In September 2016 Katie joined GMIT from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada where she carried out postdoctoral work. Prior to her time in Canada she completed her PhD at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Katie is an ecological parasitologist interested in the interactions between parasites and their hosts across a range of ecosystems, including freshwater and marine environments. She works with a range of organisations including government agencies, museums, schools, community groups and charity groups, and has a particular interest in fostering international partnerships. Katie currently supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students examining a range of host-parasite systems. She teaches several undergraduate and postgraduate modules across three programmes: Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology, Agriculture and Environmental Management, and an International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources degree. Katie is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Teaching and Learning. In 2018 Katie was awarded an early career research award by the Irish Ecological Association for her ongoing work on parasite ecology.