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Council Members of the ESAI

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

Chairperson: Dr. Frances Lucy

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Dr. 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: Ms. Emer Cosgrove

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Emer graduated 1996 as an Ag & Food Engineer from UCD. She worked for two and a half years as a controls engineer in the chemical industry with DuPont, based in North Carolina. Upon her return to Ireland she worked for a pharmaceutical company for 6 months. She then took a change in career and moved into the equine industry which brought her into a master in Environmental engineering science. She completed her masters from UCD in 2008 on the topic of developing a farmyard risk assessment scheme. Emer worked in collaboration with UCD and Teagasc which gave me a great insight into county council issues regarding farmyards. Having moved to Galway in the interim, she is currently at home with her two children.

email: emer.cosgrove@gmail.com

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Honorary Editor: Dr Yvonne Lang

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Dr. Yvonne Lang is a postdoctoral researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway working on a project funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. She obtained her PhD from NUI Galway in 2014. Her doctoral research investigated the use of diatoms to fabricate structures with a defined hierarchical geometry. Potential applications of both living and harvested diatoms are the focus of her research interests and include; (i) Diatoms as decontamination agents of organic pollutants. (ii) Modifying the chemistry of the diatom. (iii) Diatom frustules for photocatalytic applications.

email: editor@esaiweb.org

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Assistant Editor: currently vacant

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Communications Officer: 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.

email: communications@esaiweb.org

Conference Coordinator 2017: Dr Andy Fogarty

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Dr. Andy Fogarty lectures Ecotoxicology and Microbiology in the Department of Life and Physical Science, Athlone Institute of Technology.

He also is a senior researcher in the Biosciences Research Institute, AIT. He is a graduate of University College Galway (BSc, Microbiology and PhD) and The Ohio State University (MSc, Environmental Microbiology). His main research interests are multi-trophic ecotoxicity assessment of environmental toxicants; histopathological analyses of the effects of EDCs in Fish and ecotoxicological assessment of novel wastewater treatment technologies. He serves as external examiner for several universities and is a Toxicology technical advisor to the Irish National Accreditation Board for laboratories seeking accreditation under the International Standards Organisation requirements for the competence of testing and calibration of laboratories (ISO 17025).

email: conference@esaiweb.org

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Conference Coordinator 2016: Dr Ronan Courtney

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Lecturer, University of Limerick

email: ronan.courtney@ul.ie

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Conference Coordinator 2018: Dr Joe Harrington

email: joe.harrington@cit.ie

Membership Officer: Ms. Sinead Macken

c/o Ms. Sinead Macken / Administrator
Stonehaven, Moy Road, Kinvara, Co. Galway.

email: administrator@esaiweb.org

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Webmaster: Dr. Adrian Corcoran

email: webmaster@esaiweb.org

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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

Mr. Mark Nolan

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Mark is a co-founder of Green Bee, an environmental consultancy specialising in recruitment and education. He has a degree in environmental science from Trinity College Dublin and is currently studying part-time towards a masters in science communication at DCU.

His consultancy manages Green Careers Ireland, the country's largest green jobs website, providing the latest information on environmental jobs, internships, courses and research positions across Ireland. Green Bee also coordinates the Biodiversity in Schools programme, a nationwide project working with schools to promote environmental awareness through science.

email: nolanm4@tcd.ie

Early Stage Researcher Representative: Dr Yvonne Lang

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Dr. Yvonne Lang is a postdoctoral researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway working on a project funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. She obtained her PhD from NUI Galway in 2014. Her doctoral research investigated the use of diatoms to fabricate structures with a defined hierarchical geometry. Potential applications of both living and harvested diatoms are the focus of her research interests and include; (i) Diatoms as decontamination agents of organic pollutants. (ii) Modifying the chemistry of the diatom. (iii) Diatom frustules for photocatalytic applications.

email: yvonne.lang@nuigalway.ie

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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. 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 Group. Her interests are; biogas, anaerobic digestion, renewable energy from wastes & crops, transport & CHP, Life Cycle Analysis and policies & drivers for change.

Dr Noreen Layden

email: noreen.layden@dit.ie

Mr Liam McCarton

email: Liam.mccarton@dit.ie

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