Dr Mark Wyer
Post Doctoral Researcher
Aberystwyth

Dr Mark Wyer studied catchment nutrient dynamics for his MSc in Canada and his PhD in Wales. As a post-doctoral scientist, he has pioneered UK investigations into catchment microbial dynamics and delivery of faecal indicator organisms and pathogens to near-shore coastal waters. He has published over 100 scientific papers and reports in this area and completed associated work on the health effects of marine and fresh water recreational activities.

He led the work on real-time modelling of bathing water quality which took the Swansea Bay study site in the EU-funded Smart Coasts project from and ‘at-risk’ bathing water to a consistently ‘Good’ classification.  Mark is managing the Wales field teams for the Acclimatize project and will lead on data collection, collation, cleaning, analysis and reporting. In his spare time he loves hill walking and playing acoustic music.


Dr Carl Stapleton
Post Doctoral Researcher
Aberystwyth

Carl Stapleton has over twenty-five years experience of research and consultancy in the fields of water quality, riverine, estuarine and coastal processes and geomorphology.  At the Centre for Research into Environment and Health Carl has been involved in a diverse range of water quality projects investigating potable water quality, bathing water quality, microbial and nutrient budget modelling, microbial tracers, microbial source tracking and examining the potential for eutrophication in coastal waters.

Carl has also reported on bathing water epidemiology, the impact of improved waste water treatment on disease burdens, the efficacy of treatment processes and has conducted novel research into the impacts of UV disinfection processes on untreated storm sewage effluents. Carl has extensive experience designing and managing research projects involving the deployment of large field teams, often involving the coordination of survey teams based on land and offshore (i.e. boat-based).


Dr Cheryl Davies
Post Doctoral Researcher
Aberystwyth

Dr Cheryl Davies gained a PhD in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She has 25 years post-doctoral research experience covering a wide range of aspects of public health, water and wastewater microbiology. She was previously employed by WRc (UK), and CSIRO, Sydney Water, and the University of New South Wales (Australia) as a research scientist, and has worked on a broad range of water-related projects from microbial fate and transport studies to human volunteer studies to determine aluminum bioavailability in drinking water.


Dr Liam Reynolds
Post Doctoral Researcher
UCD

Dr Liam Reynolds is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, University College Dublin and is also a member of the Society of General Microbiology (SGM) and the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM).

Dr Reynolds completed his PhD on antimicrobial resistance gene discovery, at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. His PhD was partly funded by the Animal and Plant Health Agency and focused on the identification of novel antimicrobial resistance genes from the uncultivable bacteria of human saliva and calf faeces using a functional metagenomic approach. He was also involved in a number of voluntary outreach projects during his PhD and co-created the Swab and Send project which aimed to inform the public about antibiotic resistance by getting them involved in the hunt for novel antibiotics.

Dr Reynolds contributed to the INTERREG-IVA ‘Smart Coasts = Sustainable Communities’ project as a summer student and is now a postdoctoral researcher on the Acclimatize project in which he will quantify and determine the source of faecal contamination in Dublin bay by assessing faecal indicator bacteria.


Dr Laura Sala-Comorera
Post Doctoral Researcher
UCD

Dr. Laura Sala-Comorera is a Postdoc Researcher with the Acclimatize Project.  She holds an MA in Environmental Science and PhD in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona. Her PhD research focused on the study and characterization of heterotrophic communities in natural mineral water and in drinking water treatment plants, as well the evaluation of different, efficient, robust and fast analytical methods to be applied in routine analysis.

Dr Sala-Comorera has 6 years experience in microbiological laboratories with the research group MARS (Health-Related Water Microbiology) and she has participated in several projects related to environmental microbiology. She is a member of the Catalan Biotechnology Reference Network, the Spanish Society for Microbiology and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Previously she was a member of the scientific committee for the Annual Congress of Young Researchers of the Water Research Institute within the University of Barcelona. Dr Sala-Comerera has attended several conferences related to her area of expertise and has published articles in indexed journals.


Dr Giuseppe Mancuso
Post Doctoral Researcher
UCD

Dr Giuseppe Mancuso is a civil and environmental engineer. He was born in Piazza Armerina, Italy. He is currently working as a Post Doc Research Fellow on the Acclimatize project at the Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR) of the School of Civil Engineering in UCD. He completed his Ph.D. in April 2017 in Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering at University of Trento (Italy) focusing on the enhancement of wastewater and sludge treatment processes by using hydrodynamic cavitation. During his Doctoral School, he spent a period abroad at VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava working on CFD models by means of ANSYS software. Giuseppe holds B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Catania, Italy. In 2014, the Italian National Chemical Council rewarded his Master’s thesis as the best national thesis.


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This project has been part funded by the ERDF though the Ireland Wales Programme 2014 -2020.
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