Ms Regan Drennan

Ms Regan Drennan

Research Assistant,UK Seabed Resources

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates Division

Summary

I am currently working as a taxonomist on the ABYSSal BaseLINE (ABYSSLINE) project, which aims to conduct baseline biological studies of abyssal benthic fauna in the UKSRL area of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) in the central Pacific Ocean, where the deep-sea mining of polymathic nodules may occur in the near future. Specifically, I am working on describing the morphology of polychaetes collected from the region. I recently completed a Master's degree in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Imperial College London, which was mostly taught at the NHM. I carried out my thesis project – a phylogenetic analysis and taxonomy of Sternaspid polychaetes – with the NHM Deep-Sea Systematics and Ecology research group. My primary research interests are in marine invertebrate phylogenetics, phylogeography, and taxonomy, and in deep-sea ecology.

Qualifications

Degrees

MSc in Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Imperial College London, London, 2016 - 2017

BA (Mod) in Zoology, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, 2012 - 2016

Introduction

Summary

I am currently working as a taxonomist on the ABYSSal BaseLINE (ABYSSLINE) project, which aims to conduct baseline biological studies of abyssal benthic fauna in the UKSRL area of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) in the central Pacific Ocean, where the deep-sea mining of polymathic nodules may occur in the near future. Specifically, I am working on describing the morphology of polychaetes collected from the region. I recently completed a Master's degree in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Imperial College London, which was mostly taught at the NHM. I carried out my thesis project – a phylogenetic analysis and taxonomy of Sternaspid polychaetes – with the NHM Deep-Sea Systematics and Ecology research group. My primary research interests are in marine invertebrate phylogenetics, phylogeography, and taxonomy, and in deep-sea ecology.

Qualifications

Degrees

MSc in Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Imperial College London, London, 2016 - 2017

BA (Mod) in Zoology, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, 2012 - 2016