I work as a freshwater biologist at University College Cork (UCC), & have particular interest in the hydrological & chemical processes which influence aquatic communities. I am currently studying the potential of Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) to mitigate flooding & improve water quality in low order streams as part of the EPA-funded SloWaters project – a collaboration involving UCC, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), The James Hutton Institute & Newcastle University.
PhD Research (2019-2022)
There is growing concern over the condition of Irish rivers, given risks faced by climate change, intensification of agriculture & urban expansion. It is the aim of the SloWaters project to encourage & monitor the effects of ‘natural’ structures, such as flood plains & woody debris, on flooding & water quality issues. It is hoped that such measures could be adopted on a national scale as cheap & multi-beneficial alternatives to traditional flood & water quality management structures.
I work as an environmental consultant with Flynn Furney Environmental Consultants (FFEC), primarily on construction projects associated with freshwater & riparian habitats. Mitigation strategies include bank stabilisation & landscaping with green infrastructure such as willow fencing, invasive plant eradication & design & construction of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).
Wildlife Photography & Science Communication
In collaboration with number of environmental NGO’s, I work as a science communicator. I guide tours & facilitate workshops which combine elements of ecology, local history & art. Groups are given lessons in composition & basic photography techniques for landscape & macro-photography, to capture natural beauty in urban & wilder landscapes.
Education & Work
- 2008 – 2012 BA Zoology (Trinity College Dublin)
- 2013 – 2014 MSc Conservation & Biodiversity (University of Exeter)
- 2016 – 2019 Field biologist on The Sparrow Weaver Project (University of Exeter, South African Kalahari)
- 2016 – present Environmental Educator
- 2016 – 2019 Environmental Consultant (Flynn Furney Environmental Consultants
- 2019- 2022 PhD Student (SloWaters Project; UCC)