Jayne Stephens
PhD Student

Jayne Stephens is a PhD student at the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science in University College Dublin.

She graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science from National University of Ireland Galway in 2014, majoring in mammal ecology. After completing her degree, Jayne was the successful Irish applicant to the Tropical Biological Association in Cambridge to carry out and complete a field course in tropical biodiversity and conservation in Tanzania, including a joint research project on pollination diversity at different altitudes. Jayne also worked in the EPA converging reports from county councils into the national database on waste management.

Following a number of years working and volunteering in the outdoors on conservation projects and water-sports in Ireland and New Zealand, Jayne became particularly interested in water pollution and water quality. She has been involved with beach clean ups; eradicating visible pollutants but is now focused on the scientific aspect of contamination at a microscopic level.

Jayne worked as a research assistant for four months before becoming a PhD student with Professor Wim Meijer on operation Acclimatize in microbiological research on contaminants in Irish bathing waters.

Tristan Nolan
PhD Student

Tristan Nolan is a PhD student in the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science in University College Dublin (UCD).

Tristan graduated from UCD with a BSc in Genetics, and a structured elective in statistics and data analytics in 2018. Tristan undertook his 4th year undergraduate project in Professor Wim Meijer’s laboratory, investigating pollution of rivers in Dublin, with an emphasis on microbial source tracking.

Tristan is from Ringsend, a small village located in south Dublin and adjacent to the river Liffey. Ringsend has a rich history with rowing, going back over 80 years. His family has rowed over multiple generations, and he has rowed since the age of 8, making his research very personal.


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