Specialist Consultancy

Meet the FjordStrong Team

As a commercial spinout from the Queen's University Marine Laboratory, our team includes benthic and pelagic ecologists, fisheries scientists, elasmobranch specialists, bio-statisticians and 3D imaging analysts. Our academic involvement ensures our clients benefit from emergent analysis techniques and data processing methods. Our advisory panel includes research-active experts at the forefront of marine policy and regulation ensuring our advice is up to date with the latest directives at a local, regional, national and EU scale.

Our clients include:

Ruairí GallagherCEO and Ecological Consultant
Ruairí possesses a diverse and heavily applied Marine Biology and Aquatic Engineering background, with experience across Europe at research institutes, government agencies and International Councils. Specialised in oceanography and fisheries, he has extensive knowledge of marine ecology and biodiversity management through applied research involving genetics, acoustics and destructive trawling. It is these experiences that fuel Ruairi’s aim of establishing an alternative method for biodiversity assessments, in addition to forming his optimism for balancing healthy oceans with a sustainable blue economy.


Dr Jon Houghton - Marine policy and ecology advisor
Dr Houghton is a senior lecturer in marine biology focusing on the ecology and movement patterns of large bodied animals including finfish, sharks and turtles. He has extensive experience serving as an advisor for government policy, such as his role assessing climate change impacts on migratory species for the UK government which lead to a statutory requirement (CMS 1979). Dr Houghton's role in FjordStrong ensures your project will benefit from expert ecological consulting while conforming to the latest guidance on marine policy.



Dr Patrick Collins - Benthic Ecologist & Elasmobranch Specialist
Dr Collins is a lecturer in marine biology focusing on marine policy and benthic ecology. His extensive experiences within environmental consultancy, policy advice and conservation of endangered species will ensure your project's success across all dimensions without impacting the health of our ecosystems.


Dr James Thorburn - Elasmobranch Specialist
Dr Thorburn is a Post Doctoral researcher focusing on elasmobranchs, marine protected areas and conservation policy. He also works on ethical welfare. He has extensive experience with tracking large marine species in a range of habitats.

Samuel Smith - PhD Student in Marine Ecology
Sam is a PhD Student at Queen’s University Belfast. His work focuses on exploring ecological interactions between marine species, and is interested in how those interactions are important for environmental stability and resilience. He has experience with fisheries management and policy at an inter-governmental level, and is keen to promote a ‘whole-ecosystem’ approach to environmental conservation.
Reece Mills - Marine Biology Undergraduate
Reece is a marine biology student at Queen’s University, Belfast, currently working with the FjordStrong team as part of his professional studies year.