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Emmett Clarkin

Emmett developed his love of nature and the environment from growing up in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland.  His passion for the ocean came from time spent on family trips to the wild Atlantic coastlines of County Donegal.


After studying for his Bachelor of Science in Marine Zoology, Emmett completed a Masters in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology, and a PhD in Marine Ecology.  He was given the Bright Sparks Award by the Irish Marine Institute, allowing him to undertake his doctoral research out at sea, studying the ecology of rafting macroalgae and the connectivity of marine communities using ocean current pathways.

Later Emmett worked for the Australian Institute of Marine Science, where he was involved with extensive research along the length of the Great Barrier Reef.  He now follows his passion for marine science communication, outreach and underwater photography, combining these to travel the world working as a diver and naturalist guide.

Emmett’s scientific and diving career allows him to visit some of the most remote marine habitats on earth, from tropical regions in Africa, Asia and Central America, to the temperate waters of North West Europe, and into the polar seas of the Arctic and Antarctica where he explores with the Lindblad Expeditions team.