Alec graduated from Exeter University, UK, in 1998 with a 1st Class Degree with Honours in Biological Sciences. His PhD Thesis, ‘Distribution, Relatedness, Fitness and Behaviour of Entomopathogenic Nematodes from Bull Island, Dublin’, was completed in 2004 from the National University of Ireland Maynooth. In 2006, following a postdoctoral position at NUI Maynooth investigating the population ecology of entomopathogenic nematodes, Alec moved to Australia to take up a post-doctoral position at Flinders University, Adelaide, through the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLAMM) Ecology Research Cluster: one of Australia’s foremost ecological research projects. He secured further funding from the South Australian Government to continue at Flinders University until 2009 when he joined the South Australian Department of Environment and Natural Resources where he managed monitoring and research activities in the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth region – a high profile wetland of international importance. In 2011 Alec was successful in securing $5.56 million funding for research and monitoring activities in the CLLMM region over the next five years. Alec returned to Ireland in 2012 to join the Tellus Border Project as a wetland ecologist where his role involved the ecohydrological characterisation of wetland habitats on both sides of the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland border.
Since 2014, Alec has undertaken drinking water source protection assessments for over 40 Group Water Schemes throughout Ireland; as well as coordinating and managing a range of projects on water management, catchment management and community engagement: Towards Integrated Water Management (TIMe Project), funded by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland (EPA); Developing the concept of catchment services for progress towards integrated water management (Extra TIMe Project), funded by the EPA; Shared Waters, Shared Landscape Project (funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency). Alec is also currently the Project manager for the MANTEL Innovative Training Network, an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie €3.5 million project investigating the impact of extreme climate events on lakes and reservoirs throughout Europe.
Alec’s key research interests include Integrated Water Resources Management; Integrated Catchment Management; community engagement; wetland processes and ecological function, biotic interactions, population ecology, coastal zone management, estuarine and littoral marine ecology and invertebrate ecology.
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