Researchers at UCD


Ken Whelan

Adjunct Professor

School Of Biology & Environment Science
Science Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162243


Ken Whelan is a science graduate from University College Dublin. He joined the Inland Fisheries Trust Incorporated in 1975 where he completed a Ph.D. study on the biology of Irish ephemeroptera. He worked for the Central Fisheries Board from 1980 to 1989 and  was appointed Director and CEO of the Salmon Research Agency in 1989. In July of 1999, he was appointed as an executive Director of the Marine Institute.  In recognition of his work in the fisheries management area he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Fisheries Management in 1999.  He is a former President of NASCO, an intergovernmental organisation which advises on all matters relating to the conservation of Atlantic salmon in the North Atlantic ( He is currently Chairman of the International Atlantic Salmon Research Board where he represents the IASRB in a major international scientific initiative to study the causes of marine mortality of Atlantic salmon – the SALSEA Programme ( He is Chairman of the Biodiversity Forum and a member of the Platform for Biodiversity Research; Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Loire Basin Salmon Restoration Programme and Research Director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust (  He is working part time with the Marine Institute and in January 2010 established an environmental consultancy which he plans to expand over the coming years. In addition to his many scientific papers and popular articles he has also produced, presented and scripted many films and videos on various aspects of Irish fisheries and is a regular radio contributor to wildlife programmes. His research interests include: the marine ecology of anadromous fish; recreational fisheries, both marine and freshwater; climate change impacts on the aquatic environment and the ecology of freshwater fish species.