Dr Rick Officer
Dr Rick Officer was appointed GMIT’s Vice President for Research and Innovation in January 2016, having joined GMIT in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Science. Dr Officer’s prior experience was gained as Science Leader for the Queensland Government’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, with responsibility for the coordinated management of the State’s Research, Development and Extension Programme, and as leader of research and assessment teams for Ireland’s Marine Institute and Australian government agencies in Tasmania and Victoria. Dr Officer’s research has focussed on enabling sustainability and improving productivity of harvested natural resources. He has extensive experience as Co-ordinator, Principal Investigator and Co-investigator on competitively funded national and international research projects and programmes. Dr Officer’s philosophy is that excellent, innovative and high impact research is best delivered when the clients of project outcomes are at the core of research and innovation activity.
Dr Officer holds Bachelor of Science and PhD degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Certificate in Third Level Learning and Teaching (Dublin Institute of Technology), and an MBA in Higher Education Management from University College London.
Vice President for Research and Innovation
GMIT, Galway Campus