My research investigates the linkages between aquatic systems and their catchments, tracking the fate of contaminants from source to receptor. My PhD research at Trinity College Dublin aimed to account for how elemental limitation in zooplankton food effects zooplankton community structure and pelagic trophic interactions. The importance of consumers in regulating ecosystem processes such as nutrient recycling was also investigated. Since completing my PhD, I have focused on investigating the consequences of anthropogenic environmental impacts on aquatic ecosystem function. Previous work include assessing the impact of on-site wastewater treatment systems on surface water, and the feasibility of using novel approaches to track faecal contamination arising from domestic wastewater treatment systems. In addition, I have a number of research projects relating to hydrological and ecological processes of wetland systems, including an investigation into the ability of an Integrated Constructed Wetlands to treat domestic wastewater and its potential impact on water quality, which is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Salford. I am also a partner on the Interreg IVA, Tellus Border Project, which is a joint collaborative initiative between the GSI, GSNI, DkIT and QUB, leading a work package which aims to develop and implement a practical method of characterising the hydroecological processes and pressures at wetland sites in the border counties of Ireland. I am currently Programme Director for the BSc. (Hons) in Environmental Biology and Stage Convenor for the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Bioscience programme. I have been a Member of DkIT's Academic Council since 2012. I have previously sat on DkIT's Research Sub-committee (2012 - 2015) and I am currently a member of the DkIT Graduate Research Studies Board.
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