Friday, August 17, 2018

The Project Team

Prof. Michael Bruen
School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Professor Michael Bruen (B.E. (Civil), NUI (UCD) 1975, Ph.D. (Civil Engineering), NUI (UCD) 1985) has been a member of the Academic staff at UCD since 1991. He has been Principle investigator on EU and Irish funded research projects and has been involved in over 20 research projects to a total value of 15M euro. He is Associated Editor of the Journal of Hydrology and is on the Editorial Board of Hydrological Research.

Dr. John O’Sullivan
School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Dr. John O'Sullivan is a lecturer in hydraulics, hydrology and water resources in the School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at UCD. 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’s research interests are in river hydraulics, hydrology, hydrological modeling, flooding and the sustainability of urban water resources. Dr. O'Sullivan has led national and European projects in these areas. He has supervised 3 PhD and 3 research masters students to completion and is currently supervising 5 PhD students, and a postdoctoral researcher. Dr. O'Sullivan has published 22 international peer reviewed journal papers, 1 book chapter and 38 conference papers.

Dr. P.J. Purcell 

Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research

School of Civil, Structural and environmental Engineering

Dr. Purcell is Deputy Head of School, Programme coordinator for the Civil Engineering Programme and a Fellow in Teaching and Learning. He is a Chartered Engineer and past chairman of the Water and Environmental Engineering Section of Engineers Ireland and is currently a council member of the Environmental and Science Association of Ireland. Dr. Purcell’s main research interests are in the area of water resources engineering. Dr. Purcell has been a principal investigator for many externally funded research projects. These studies involved experimental and field investigations, coupled with mathematical modelling. He has over 50 peer-reviewed conference/journal papers and is the author of one book ‘Design of Water Resources Engineering’. Dr. Purcell has supervised masters and doctoral students and has been an external examiner for both taught and research postgraduate programmes.

Dr. Mary Kelly-Quinn
School of Biology and Environmental Science

Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn is a senior lecturer in the School of Biology and Environmental Science with over 15 years research experience in the assessment of freshwater habitats including lakes, ponds, rivers and most recently the aquatic-terrestrial ecotone. In the last 10 years she has secured over 20 research grants and has participated in a number of other ERTDI projects including AGBIOTA, WaterAc, Bogland, HYDROFOR and studies on impacts of motorway drainage and the relationship between fish and macroinvertebrate metrics.

Dr. Jonathan Turner
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy

Dr. Jonathan Turner is a lecturer in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy UCD. His PhD, awarded in 2004, investigated the impacts of the 1998 Aznalcóllar tailings dam failure, SW Spain and included monitoring of sediment-borne contamination and fluxes following post-spill remediation works, together with geochemical finger-printing of catchment sediment sources.  He has 10 years experience of research in fluvial systems with specific expertise in integrated geomorphological-geochemical investigations of contaminant transfer in heavily impacted catchments and flood reconstruction using palaeohydrological approaches.

Prof. Damian Lawlor
is a fluvial geomorphologist in Coventry University, specialising in river erosion, sediment transport and hydraulic processes. His peer-reviewed publications number over 100. He has secured an unbroken line of competitive NERC funding since 1988. He was PI on a large NERC LOIS (1997-2000) (bank sediment fluxes) and URGENT (2000-04) (urban river turbidity dynamics) grants (both reports receiving top science grades), and is co-I on the NERC Hyporheic Zone Network (2007-10) and lead author of its comprehensive review chapter on Sediments of river channel substrates.(EA, 2009).  He has edited two recent journal Special Issues: Hydrological Processes 2009 (‘Mountain Hydrology’) and Earth Surface Processes & Landforms 2010 (‘New Directions in Process Geomorphology’).

Dr. Martin O’Grady
is a fishery biologist employed by Inland Fisheries Ireland, an Irish Government agency with responsibility for the management of all aspects of inland fisheries in Ireland, including migratory salmonids stocks. His specialist area of expertise lies in the design of enhancement programmes for morphologically damaged salmonid rivers. Over 30 years he has designed and overseen the implementation of programmes in this area which, in today’s terms, would have cost in excess of €50.0 million.

He has also acted as an advisor in this area in North America, Iceland and various parts of Britain. Over the course of his career he has published over 40 peer reviewed scientific publications and presented many papers in relation to his work at international conferences in Europe and North America. Dr. O’Grady is currently managing a national programme in Ireland to enhance drained salmonid rivers, as part of the Irish Governments response to the Water Framework Directive.

Ms. Anna Rymszewicz (PhD Student)

School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Ms. Liz Conroy (PhD Student)
School of Biology and Environmental Science



The Steering Committee

Martin McGarrigle

Environmental Protection Agency

Johnstown Castle Estate

Co. Wexford


Prof. Steve Omerod

School of Biosciences

Cardiff University

United Kingdom
Read more about Prof Omerod

Prof. John Quinton

Lancaster University

United Kingdom
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Prof. Des Walling

Department of Geography

University of Exeter

United Kingdom
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This project is funded by the EPA, Ireland

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