Prof. Claire Mahaffey
Professor of Ocean Sciences, University of Liverpool; (lead investigator ARISE project)
Claire Mahaffey grew up on the shores of Belfast Lough in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. With a passion for the outdoors, environmental issues and biology, Claire studied Marine Biology with Oceanography at Bangor University in North Wales before completing a PhD in nutrient cycling in the subtropical ocean at the University of Liverpool. After her PhD, Claire accepted two postdoctoral positions in the USA, at the University of Southern California and at the University of Hawaii, where she was a worked on the Hawaii Ocean Time series programme in the subtropical Pacific Ocean. In 2007, Claire was appointed Lecturer in Ocean Sciences in Liverpool and in 2018 was appointed Professor in Ocean Sciences. As an observational oceanographer, she uses biogeochemical techniques to study nutrients and plankton in a range of environments, from shelf seas, to the subtropical ocean and most recently, the Arctic Ocean.