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Council Members of the ESAI

The council members of the ESAI is made up of the following people.

Chairperson: Prof. Frances Lucy

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Prof. Frances Lucy is Head of Department of Environmental Science at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. As a researcher, she is Director of CERIS, the Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability at IT Sligo. Her main research interests are aquatic invasive species, fisheries science and human waterborne pathogens. She is involved in a range of international invasive species forums in both Europe and North America. Frances is a Board member of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

email: chairperson@esaiweb.org

Vice-Chairperson: currently vacant

Secretary: Dr Kevin Ryan

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Dr Kevin Ryan is a graduate of University College Cork (B.Sc. Earth Science, Ph.D.) and the University of Ulster (M.Sc. Environmental Management). He has been working for some time with Cork City Council where he works in the area of waste management and recycling. He is currently part of the team restoring and rehabilitating the old city landfill site at Kinsale Road, Cork. As part of his work he completed a Ph.D. on the treatment of landfill leachate using natural systems with the Department of Geology, University College Cork.

email: secretary@esaiweb.org

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Honorary Treasurer: Liam McCarton

email: treasurer@esaiweb.org

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Honorary Editor: currently vacant

Assistant Editor: currently vacant

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Communications Officer: Dr John Gallagher

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John is Asst Prof in Energy & Environmental Systems Modelling in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests lie in delivering innovative solutions to current environmental and energy challenges, and adopting a circular economy approach in the life cycle of measurement, modelling and mitigation. He's currently Co-I on several European projects, and is actively involved in research dissemination, doctoral education programmes and outreach initiatives.

email: communications@esaiweb.org

Conference Coordinator 2019: Dr Thomae Kakouli-Duarte

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Dr. Thomae Kakouli-Duarte is one of the founding members and the current Research Leader of EnviroCORE. Thomae has a PhD in the biological control of the black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus), using entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) in strawberries from the University of Reading (UK), and postdoctoral experience in quarantine fruit fly (tephritids) molecular diagnostics from NUIM. Subsequently, and after her arrival in ITC, she has become an international expert in the field of environmental nematology, leading and coordinating a landmark publication in the field and the only text book internationally available entitled "Nematodes as Environmental Indicators". She has led and coordinated a COST Action submission in the same area, and established and steered two relevant international congresses, under the auspices of the Association of Applied Biologists (in 2007, in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburg, UK and in 2012, in Ghent University, Belgium), with the 3rd being in preparation and planned for 2017.

Joint Conference Coordinator 2018: Dr Joe Harrington

Dr. Joe Harrington is Head of School of Building & Civil Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology. He was educated at University College Cork (BE, PhD) and the University of California, Berkeley (MS). He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He leads the Sustainable Infrastructure Research & Innovation Group at Cork Institute of Technology. His own research interests include sediment behaviour, modelling and management in the river, estuarine and coastal environments where he has led and coordinated a wide range of national and internationally funded research projects.

He has served as External Examiner for both Taught Programmes and Research Theses across the Institute of Technology and University Sectors in Ireland. He is a member of the EPA Dumping at Sea National Advisory Committee and a member of the Accreditation Board of Engineers Ireland.

email: joe.harrington@cit.ie

Joint Conference Coordinator 2018: Dr Niamh Power

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Dr. Niamh Power is a Lecturer in Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, in Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland.

She received an honours degree in Civil & Structural Engineering coming top of her class, before being awarded with a highly esteemed Irish Research Scholarship to pursue her PhD in the area of biogas as a transport fuel. She is an active member of the Sustainable Infrastructure Research & Innovation Group. Her interests are; biogas, anaerobic digestion, renewable energy from wastes & crops, transport & CHP, Life Cycle Analysis and policies & drivers for change.

email: niamh.power@cit.ie

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Membership Officer: Ms. Sinead Macken

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Stonehaven, Moy Road, Kinvara, Co. Galway.

email: administrator@esaiweb.org

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Webmaster: Dr. Adrian Corcoran

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Regular Members

Dr Dorothy Stewart

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Dorothy Stewart has a background in political science, human geography, sociology and sustainable development with a knowledge and understanding of Irish and EU governance systems, key planning and development policy and strategy, behaviour change and Futures studies. She has lectured on resource management planning and worked for several years in the private sector. Dorothy worked in the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland from 2008 as the Manager of the Green Home Programme before joining the EPA Research Team in August 2014.

Dorothy has a Masters degree in Sustainable Development and her PhD research examined the concept of Smart Growth as an alternative methodological and philosophical approach to urban development within the context of planning and development in Ireland. Dorothy has participated on the Trinity College Dublin 'Consensus' research on sustainable consumption and behaviour change since 2009 and was invited to be a member of the advisory panel for 'Consensus II' on behalf of Trinity College Dublin in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. Dorothy believes there is a need to gain more insight into the process of behaviour change as a means to understand the value-action/attitude-behaviour gap that exists. Fundamental to this is role of Education for Sustainable Development and importantly how sustainability is communicated in a more resource conscious 21st century.

email: d.stewart@epa.ie

Early Stage Researcher Representative: Mr Christopher Finnegan

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Dr. Christopher Finnegan is a graduate of the Institute of Technology Carlow enviroCORE research group, holding a BSc in Environmental science and Analytical science. Christopher’s PhD focussed on green remediation strategies, including the phytoremediation and bioremediation of tributyltin (TBT) in Irish marine sediments. Also, throughout his research analytical methodologies were reviewed for the identification and quantification of organotin compounds in sediment, water, soil, and biota with a focus on gas chromatography.

His academic achievements to date include ESAI researcher of the year 2016, best student oral presentation at ISEH conference 2016 and the publication of several peer reviewed papers. Christopher has been actively involved in various research projects such as the detection of lithium in soil and ground water, microplastics in river water and optimisation of heavy metal monitoring in surface water.

email: christopherfinnegan23@gmail.com

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Dr. Thomas Curran

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Dr. Tom Curran is a graduate of UCD's Engineering programme, holding a BE (Ag & Food), MEngSc (Environmental Engineering) and a PhD in Biosystems Engineering. He has worked in production and environmental management in the food industry for a number of years before returning to UCD as a staff member in the Biosystems and Food Engineering discipline.

His main research interests are in the measurement, abatement and dispersion modelling of odour and other gases from the agrifood and waste management industries. His work also incorporates fat, oil and grease (FOG) waste and sustainable water management. Dr. Curran co-ordinates the MSc Environmental Technology degree programme at UCD. He served as Chair of the Environmental Sciences Association from 2014-16.

email: tom.curran@ucd.ie

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Dr Caroline Wynne

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Dr Caroline Wynne is an environmental scientist with a PhD in aquatic ecology. She is a Senior Ecologist with RPS Group Ltd. Caroline has expertise in Water Framework Directive assessment methods for lakes and rivers through her work with the Environmental Protection Agency's Lakes Unit, both as a researcher and as a consultant. Her research interests are applied in nature and have led to international collaborations through a Fulbright Scholar award. She tweets environmental science with a freshwater angle from @wynne_caroline

Prof Tasman Crowe

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Professor Tasman Crowe is Director of the UCD Earth Institute and a member of the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin. He is a marine ecologist with particular interest in research applicable to environmental policy and management. His research has characterised individual and combined impacts of a range of stressors on marine benthic ecosystems, particularly on rocky shores. He has also worked on biomonitoring tools, eco-engineering of artificial structures, stock enhancement, invasive species, marine protected areas and the consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem functioning and the cultural value of marine ecosystems. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and has edited a book for Cambridge University Press entitled Marine ecosystems: human impacts on biodiversity, functioning and services (2015). He is a member of the editorial board Cambridge University Press's Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation Series and of Ireland's National Biodiversity Forum and is President of the European Marine Biology Symposium.

Mr Declan Feeney

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Declan Feeney is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science at the Institute of Technology, Sligo.

A practitioner in distance learning and e-learning, having graduated in environmental science and technology, he has worked across disciplines including resource management, energy management, ecological management and manufacturing technology and technology systems. He has delivered major environmental and technological projects in the public and private sector. Declan currently lectures on full-time and open distance learning courses at IT Sligo.

Currently his research activities include the modelling and management of climate events and their impact on public health and the transition of society to low-carbon sustainable models.

Mr Philip Shine

Philip graduated with an honours degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering (BEng) in 2014 from Cork Institute of Technology. In 2018, Philip completed his PhD research which focused on predicting energy and water consumption in the Irish dairy industry using statistical anlaysis and machine-learning methods. During the course of his PhD research, Philip published his research findings in several high-ranking peer reviewed journals, whereby his research saw him awarded ESAI researcher of the year in 2017. Philip is currently a Postdoctoral researcher in CIT, where his work largely focuses on developing decision support tools for optimising energy usage in the agricultural domain.

In conjuntion with his PhD research, Philip represented CIT as a STEM Ambassador, and worked part-time as a researcher on a team of CIT and Teagasc based researchers, successfully developing and deploying the Dairy Energy Decision Support Tool, engineered to calculate potential payback periods and cost savings attributed to the installation of dairy energy technologies, on a farm-to-farm basis.

Philips wider research interests include: future smart grid technologies, vechicle-to-grid technologies, and the development and implementation of decision support tools and machine-learning models for reducing the environmental impact of agricultural activities.

Email: philip.shine@cit.ie

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