Augusts Pendleton is completing an MSc in geography at NUI Galway . Image: Augusts Pendleton

Ireland - How an American seaweed researcher ended up in the Gaeltacht

With a love for the ocean, Augustus Pendleton travelled to study seaweed at NUI Galway with an Irish-English dictionary in hand.

Augustus Pendleton graduated with a degree in microbiology from the University of Minnesota, studying bacterial physiology and gaining skills in genetics and biochemistry. He undertook research internships at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, focusing on topics such as coral reproduction and fungal pathogens that threaten killer whales and porpoises.

He is currently completing an MSc in geography at NUI Galway as a 2019-2020 Fulbright Student Awardee.

‘I believe that Irish seaweed harvesters need to have their voices heard’

What inspired you to become a researcher?

Growing up in the American midwest, water has always been incredibly important to me, whether it was sailing on Lake Michigan or fly fishing for brook trout with my grandpa.

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