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Osgur McDermott Long

Data Manager and Programme Officer | Conserving Land and Seascapes

Osgur contributes to developments in quality and quantity of global data on biodiversity, in particular on protected areas and marine and coastal habitats; standardization of key data sets and; integration of biodiversity information from different sources and organizations through data partnerships and its presentation through online tools such as the Ocean Data Viewer.

Osgur assists the development, improvement and dissemination of global data and information on biodiversity benefits not only for business decision makers, but also governments, academics, conservation organizations and a wider public audience. 

Previous experience & expertise

Osgur is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in terrestrial ecology and biostatistics. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 with an Environmental Science degree. Then spent a year in Malta working for Nature Trust Malta where he managed a nature reserve, and worked in a Turtle rescue centre. In 2013 he moved to the University of East Anglia to do a PhD on "The impacts of climate change and extreme climatic events on UK butterfly populations". He is now working as part of the marine team where he is applying the skills he developed during his PhD to the marine datasets curated by UNEP-WCMC.

Recent work by Osgur McDermott Long

Marine component of the Proteus Partnership |

As part of this project, Osgur contributes to the development of the Ocean Data Viewer and aids the management and distribution of high-quality marine and coastal data to various partners. Based on the conviction that good decisions are based on good information, Proteus invests to improve the quality of biodiversity data for the benefit of biodiversity decision makers worldwide. The project aims to ensure compliance with international regulations, such as the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6, and to manage local operational impacts on biodiversity through the provision of these high quality datasets.

Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas |

Osgur will be involved in the MERCES project during his time at UNEP WCMC. The project focuses on the restoration of different degraded marine habitats, with the aim of: 1) assessing the potential of different technologies and approaches; 2) quantifying the returns in terms of ecosystems services and their socio-economic impacts; 3) defining the legal-policy and governance frameworks needed to optimize the effectiveness of the different restoration approaches.