Dr. Liam Morrison is based at Erath and Ocean Sciences and the Ryan Institute, NUI Galway and his research interests include: presence, speciation and bioavailability of toxic and essential trace elements and organic contaminants in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, obtaining data to support policy on environmental protection; characterisation and removal of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in water and biological systems; development and application of analytical and chemical methods for studying the presence of microplastics in biotic and abiotic systems; nutrient dynamics and eco-physiology of opportunistic macroalgal blooms (including invasive species) in estuaries and coastal bays understand the mechanisms behind macroalgal blooms in order to develop management tools to control their size; application of remote sensing techniques in the spatial and temporal determination of macroalgal blooms; marine radioactivity and sustainable development of marine resources in the context of global change. Liam established and currently manages and drives the research agenda for a Ryan Institute core facility at NUIG - the Chemical Monitoring Facility (CMF). The facility, which is part of the ASSEMBLE Plus international infrastructure, currently directly supports 2 Post-Docs, 10 PhD students and 3 MSc students, 1 Research Assistant, in addition to many other researchers form the Colleges of Science and Engineering, and Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences within NUIG. This platform also facilitates researchers and collaborative national and international projects.
John's background is in coordination and synthetic chemistry, and he holds a PhD in Chemistry. He has previously lectured in Chemistry in the Institute of Technology Tallaght and Maynooth University. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and review articles. More recently, he has completed an MSc in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety at NUI Galway (2018/9). His chemistry background will be of huge benefit to the Pest-Man project.
Jenny is a graduate of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University College Cork and is currently pursuing a PhD with University College Cork. In 2019 she was awarded the Engineers Ireland Student Prize for Top Graduate in UCC and was runner-up for the Institute of Structural Engineering’s Student Prize for her work as an undergraduate on the probabilistic modelling of the deterioration of composite materials. Her interest in sustainable infrastructure and probabilistic modelling will benefit her in her work on the quantitative health risk assessment for Pest-Man.
Shane is a graduate of Agriculture and Environmental Management at Mountbellew Agricultural College (GMIT) and has joined the team to undertake an MApplSc at NUIG. In 2020 Shane was awarded with an Academic Achievement award for his consistent outstanding performance during his undergraduate degree. His experience working with similar project as an undergraduate student and work teaching NFQ Levels 5-8 students about soils, pesticides and pesticide application will be a benefit his work. Within PestMan, Shane will focus on soil:pesticide interactions
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