I am Programme Director of the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Bioscience programme. I received a PhD in Freshwater Ecology from Trinity College Dublin which investigated how elemental limitation in zooplankton food effects zooplankton community structure and pelagic trophic interactions and my current research interests relate to community and ecosystem ecology in freshwater systems and investigating the linkages between aquatic systems and their catchments. My recent work focuses on how lakes and wetland systems respond to disturbances arising both directly and indirectly from human induced impacts such as nutrient loading and climate change. I am also interested in the use of high frequency and remote sensing technologies to monitor surface water quality. I am a partner on the Marine Institute funded BEYOND 2020 research cluster which is contributing to the Burrishoole Ecological Observatory in Co. Mayo and the EPA (STRIVE 2017-W-MS-30) funded Remote Sensing of Irish Surface Waters (INFER) project, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) and NUI Galway. Previous projects include collaborations with QUB on projects investigating biogeochemical processes in groundwater dependant terrestrial wetlands and the Interreg IVA Tellus Border Project (2011 – 2013) investigating wetlands in the Border Region of Ireland.
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