Professor Wim Meijer
Principal Investigator
UCD

Professor Wim Meijer is Professor of Microbiology and Head of the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science at University College Dublin. His research focuses on pathogenic bacteria in relation to animal and human health. Within this context he has directed research projects funded by national and International funding agencies including Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the European Union (ICREW, Smart Coasts, CODTRACE) and the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. The latter two organisations currently fund research focusing on real time prediction of bathing water quality, development of technologies to identify the biological and geographical origins of water pollution and techniques to detect Cryptosporidium.


Dr John O’Sullivan
Principal Investigator
UCD

Dr John O’Sullivan is a Fellow of the UCD Earth Institute and a member of the UCD Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research in the School of Civil Engineering.  He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BAI, 1993), the Queen’s University of Belfast (MSc, 1994) and the University of Ulster (PhD, 1999).

Dr O’Sullivan has research interests in hydrology, hydraulics, and hydrodynamic modelling and he has been a Principal Investigator on national and European projects in these areas.  Dr O’Sullivan has published 35 international peer reviewed journal papers, 1 book chapter and in excess of 50 conference papers.  He is also an Associate Editor for the International Water Association (IWA) Journal of Water Supply and Technology and is on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Hydrology and Environment Research.


Professor Greg O’Hare
Principal Investigator
UCD

Professor Gregory O’Hare was the Head of the Department of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD) 2001-2004 and is one of the Principal Investigators and founders of the Science Foundation Ireland funded (€16.4M) Centre for Science and Engineering Technologies (CSET) entitled CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies (2008-2013). He has published over 330 refereed publications in Journals and International Conferences, 6 books and has won significant grant income (ca €28.00M).


Dr Bat Masterson
Principal Investigator
UCD

Dr. Bartholomew Masterson is an Adjunct Professor of the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science of University College Dublin. He was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at UCD and is a Member of the International Water Association.
Dr. Masterson has had a long-standing involvement in research on the microbial pollution of recreational waters. He set up a multidisciplinary research group in 1998 to undertake, together with partners at the University of Wales, an INTERREG-II funded study of microbial pollution of the bathing waters at Bray, Co. Wicklow. The partnership extended this research in the SMART project, funded by the INTERREG-IIIa programme, concerning recreational water quality in Dublin Bay and the quality of shellfish waters in Bannow Bay, Co. Wexford. He was the Irish project leader and a member of the International Management Board for the INTERREG-IIIb iCREW project with partners in France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. The work for iCREW involved the development of molecular biological source-tracking techniques to phenotype indicator microorganisms in the aquatic environment. Most recently, the Irish-Welsh partnership completed the INTERREG-IVA project “Smart Coasts = Sustainable Communities”, focusing on developing predictive models of microbial pollution and the application of source-tracking techniques.
At present Dr. Masterson is active in two further projects. Acclimatize, funded by the Ireland-Wales Co-operation Programme, seeks to elicit measures needed to cope with effects of climate change on bathing water pollution, and SWIM, funded by INTERREG-VA, seeks to establish the best predictive models of microbial pollution for selected bathing waters of the Irish trans-border region, and to develop public advisory signage.


Joanne Chadwick
Acclimatize Operation Manager
UCD

Joanne has significant experience in managing large scale European research projects, through which she has developed a comprehensive knowledge of Interreg and university systems. She was the project manager of the Interreg IVa funded project ‘Smart Coasts= Sustainable Communities’.

Joanne is responsible for the day to day management of the Acclimatize operation within UCD and works with Aberystwyth University and the operation stakeholders to deliver UCD’s lead partner responsibilities.


Dr Conor Muldoon
Research Scientist
UCD

Dr. Conor Muldoon is a research scientist on the Acclimatize project in the School of Computer Science at UCD with research interests in the areas of Sensor Networks, Multi-Agent Systems, Distributed Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things. Prior to the Acclimatize project, he worked on COBWEB (Citizen OBservatory Web), which was a multi-disciplinary FP7 project in areas of Crowdsourcing, Sensor Networks, and Citizen Science. As a postdoctoral researcher, he held two prestigious Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology (IRCSET) fellowships, namely the INSPIRE Marie Curie International Mobility Fellowship and the Embark Fellowship. During the mobility fellowship, he was hosted at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford for an outgoing phase of two years and by the School of Computer Science at UCD for a return phase of one year. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Computer and Software Engineering.


Dr Guanghai Gao
Research Scientist
UCD

Dr Guanghai Gao completed his PhD in Hydro-environmental Modelling from Cardiff University. Guanghai’s PhD project involved the development and application of a hydro-environmental model to predict hydrodynamic, sediment transport and bacterial processes in riverine, coastal and estuarine waters. He then worked as a Research Associate at Cardiff University on two different projects. One of the projects, Multidisciplinary Research in Tidal Stream Energy, involved developing hydro-environmental models to investigate environmental impacts of tidal energy projects in the Severn Estuary, UK. The other project, C2C CLOUD TO COAST: Integrated assessment of environmental exposure, health impacts and risk perceptions of faecal organisms in coastal waters, involved developing hydro-environmental models to simulate fate and transport of Faecal Indicator Bacteria in the Ribble Estuary, UK. Before joining the Acclimatize Project as a Research Scientist, Guanghai was a Lecturer in the department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Nankai University, China


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 Aisling Corkery
Postdoctoral Researcher
UCD

Dr. Aisling Corkery is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Acclimatize Project at the UCD Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research in the School of Civil Engineering. Her research interests are in the areas of catchment-coastal hydrodynamics and pollutant transport. Dr. Corkery completed her PhD as part of the INTERREG-IVA ‘Smart Coasts = Sustainable Communities’ project focusing on the development and implementation of a real-time catchment-coastal modelling system to predict bathing water quality.

She holds an MSc in Water Resources Management (Distinction) from Queens University Belfast, a BE (Hons) in Structural Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a BSc in Zoology from UCD. Furthermore, Dr. Corkery has over 6 years’ experience in engineering consultancy and is a member of Engineers Ireland.


Niamh Martin
Research Assistant
UCD

Niamh Martin is a Research Assistant in the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science in University College Dublin.

Niamh graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. (Mod) in Zoology before obtaining her MSc in “Wildlife, Conservation Management,” from University College Dublin in 2014. Her research focused on the interaction between biodiversity and zoonotic diseases and their impact on human health. Following on from this, she worked as a field researcher in the south of France where she oversaw various conservation and habitat evaluation projects for butterflies and water birds. Niamh is interested in examining the interaction between avian biodiversity and bathing water quality, particularly in the face of climate change.


Jayne Stephens
PhD Student
UCD

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
UCD

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.


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