Ciarán Pollard was born in Dublin and joined Notre Dame in 2015. He graduated with a B.Sc in Biology and Mathematics from Maynooth University. After travelling throughout South America and working with animal and human welfare organisations, Ciarán returned to Ireland to pursue and complete a Ph.D. in Science investigating Ecological Responses to Climate Climate. He has lectured in different Irish and American Universities including Maynooth University, National University of Ireland, Galway and Champlain College, Dublin. He manages the Irish Internship Programme.