Lab News


PhD scholarship available!!!

Oct 10, 2020


Come join us! We are seeking a passionate and ambitious candidate to undertake a 4 yr full-time PhD project exploring the ecology of Irish tunas. The work is funded by the Marine Institute's Cullen Fellowship program, and will combine a range of approaches - from biologging to genetics and mechanics. A very exciting project with lots of great collaborators! More details here. Deadline is 16 Nov 2020. Queries to

May 13, 2019

Welcome Jacinta

We are delighted to welcome Jacinta Kong to the Payne lab, to work as a Research and Teaching Fellow for 4 years! Jacinta is funded by a Science Foundation Ireland grant awarded to Nick (18/SIRG/5549), and she will investigate how temperature generates macroecological patterns. Jacinta is a physiological ecologist, and completed her PhD in comparative thermal biology at the University of Melbourne. Contact Jacinta here or on Twitter @jacintakong


Successful fieldtrip to the Bahamas

May 2, 2019

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Nick, Lucy and Jenny completed a very successful research trip to the Bahamas to tag tiger sharks with Beneath the Waves, an NGO based in the US (visit their site here). We deployed bio-logging packages on 4 female sharks, collecting exciting video, temperature, and movement (i.e. from accelerometers and magnetometers) data. This was an exciting new collaboration too, so look out for lots more trips with BTW in the future. More updates coming soon! 

Welcome Lucy

March 1, 2019

Lucy Harding joins the Payne lab this month to undertake a PhD linking behaviour and physiology to the thermal niches of fish. She is funded by a Science Foundation Ireland Grant (18/SIRG/5549), and returns to TCD having completed her undergraduate degree here before doing an MSc at University College Dublin and working in Fiji and the Philippines. Welcome Lucy! Click here to learn more about her project

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Nick is delighted to have been awarded a Science Foundation Ireland Starting Investigator Research Grant (€535,000 over 4 years) to study thermal ecology and biogeography. He will have a particular focus on fishes, and the funding will allow him to take on a PhD student and also a postdoc for the duration of the award. Funding announcement can be found here.

More details to follow...

Jan 15, 2019

Grant success!

Nick moves to Trinity College

Sep 1, 2018


Having completed a two-year postdoc at the University of Roehampton in London, Nick has recently accepted a lectureship position at TCD, where he will work on nature-based solutions to problems facing the marine environment. He will start this Autumn and is seeking to build a new research group. If you are interested in working with Nick, get in touch!