Abstracts of Completed PhD Theses

Abstracts of completed PhD theses funded through the EPA doctoral scholarship schemes are available below. Copies of the theses are available from the University librairies.

2016:

  • L Quinn (2016): Fungal biofilm as a novel biocatalyst for the production of important pharmaceutical compounds
  • C Rigney (2016): Greenhouse gas emissions from rewetted peatland forests

 2015:

  • E Cacciotti (2015): The impact of climate and land use change on soil respiratory fluxes
  • R Donnelly (2015): Remote Sensing as a Monitoring Tool for Slurry Spreading on Grasslands for Compliance with European Legislation
  • S Y Tunali (2015): Functional signatures of model crustacenas in lake littoral zones in response to nutrient status and local habitat
  • A O'Toole (2015): Fixation, storage and activation ofCOusing iminodiacetic acid-based coordination complexes
  • C McManamon (2015): Development of Chemically Engineered Nanoporous Materials for Water Pollution Remediation
  • D Yang (2015): In situ Enzymatic Conversion of Biomass into Glucose in Biodegradable Enzyme Compatible Ionic Liquids
  • E Kelly (2015): Evaluating the suitability of the nematode Steinernema feltiae as an environmental indicator

2011:

  • J. Donlan (2011): Spatial Modelling of Sustainability Indicators and Policy Implications for Sustainable Development Across Three Regions of Ireland
  • P. Dulgheru (2011): The effect of NOx traps on the combustion and size distribution of carbonaceous particulates
  • D.Mesa (2011): Solvent recovery and prediction of drying times in vacuum dryers
  • E.O’Connell (2011): Environmental Burden of Disease assessment for exposure to lead, outdoor air pollution and unsafe drinking water in the Republic of Ireland
  • E.Moriarty (2011):  Photochemical Alternatives to Hazardous Radical Initiators for the Synthesis of Potent Anti-Tumour Agents
  • J. Rourke (2011): Communicating Environmental Risk; Waste, Incineration and Dioxins
  • N.O’Brien (2011): Development of a risk assessment methodology for evaluating ecotoxicological dispersion and human risks from nanoparticles through the environmental pathways
  • M. Taffese Tanto (2011): An objective comprehensive decision making approach for designing a land treatment strategy for municipal and other organic wastes
  • B.Walsh (2011): Participatory Governance: a best practice model for effective and inclusive decision-making in wind energy development in Ireland
  • B.Barrett (2011): Active Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture
  • J.Fallon (2011): An analysis of the interaction of environmental and clinical isolates of Aspergillus fumigatus with vertebrate and invertebrate immune responses
  • J.Low (2011): Characterisation of Arctic char spawning grounds and the vulnerability of ova to environmental change
  • C.Fallon (2011): Public Participation and Environmental Decision Making – Implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Ireland
  • A.Donnelly (2011): Evaluation of background concentrations of air pollutants in Ireland and the development of guidelines for local assessment

2010:

  • N. Healy (2010): Interpretation, governance and conflict: A critique of protected area planning in Ireland
  • A. Zitova (2010): Advanced systems for biological assessment of toxicity of industrial chemicals
  • A. Bakir (2010): Development of a seaweed-based fixed-bed sorption column for the removal of metals in a waste stream
  • G. Gucciardo (2010): Novel Alcohol dehydrogenases for the synthesis of chiral alcohols 

2009:

  • B. O'Dwyer (2009): Lake sediment-based reconstructions of variations in levels of deposition of atmospheric pollutants from the industrial-scale combustion of fossil fuels and ecosystem response at three remote Irish lake sites
  • S. Bryan (2009): Contested Boundaries, Contested Places: An Exploration of Ireland’s Contribution to Natura 2000
  • C. Nienhuis (2009): The interactions between native bees and alien plants
  • M. Purcell (2009): A New Approach to Waste Management Systems for Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW)
  • S. Ryan (2009): The Ecological Significance of Water Availability for Burren Plant Communities
  • A. Leary (2009): Transformation of the Food Processing Waste Apple Pomace into a Value Added Product
  • L. Phelan (2009): Advances in Corrosion Protection for the Engineering Industry
  • M. Garvey (2009): Pulsed UV light inactivation of Cryptosporidium parvum and other microbial species in drinking water supplies in Ireland
  • S. Moran (2009): Monitoring Small Mammals by Real-Time PCR DNA Analysis of Hair

2008:

  • W. Metcalfe (2008): Experimental and Modelling Study of Ethyl Propanoate and Diisobutylene
  • M. Cannon (2008): Microbial Ecology of Synthetic Pyrethroid Degradation in Soil
  • R. Flanagan (2008): Modelling the Role of Clouds in PM2.5 Formation
  • C. Lacey (2008): Assessment of pharmaceutical residue levels in three Irish sewage treatment plants
  • M. Moro (2008): Essays on the Measurement of Sustainability and Well-being
  • C. Brophy (2008): Global change impact on biodiversity function
  • D. Healy (2008): Linking Urban Air Field Measurements of Particulate Matter to their Chemical Analysis and Effects on Health
  • S. Kimberley (2008): Spatial and temporal fluxes of plant-nutrients in turlough soils
  • F. King (2008): Land use patterns and urban travel behaviour: Towards an evidence-based policy approach to land use and transport planning in the Greater Dublin Area

2007:

  • W. Wissema (2007): Carbon energy taxation and revenue recycling. An applied general equilibrium analysis for the Irish economy
  • O. Rice (2007): The microbial ecology of Irish Atlantic blanket peatlands
  • M. O'Mahony (2007): Physiology and Genetics of polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Degradation by Pseudomonas alcaligenes PA-10 and Potential in-situ Remediation of Contaminated Soil
  • V. McCarthy (2007): The relationship between resource elemental deficiencies and zooplankton community structure and dynamics
  • M. Gioria (2007): Impacts of three invasive species on soil seed bank communities
  • M. Sottocornola (2007): Four years of observations of carbon dioxide fluxes, water and energy budgets, and vegetation patterns in an Irish Atlantic blanket bog
  • O. Allis (2007): The Development of Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) Methods for the Determination of Hepatotoxins in Irish Freshwaters, Cyanobacteria and Drinking water
  • C. D. Williams (2007): The environmental requirements of Sciomyzidae (Diptera) on turloughs in the west of Ireland with particular reference to the role of Mollusc host / prey communities
  •  E. O'Neill (2007): Market-based instruments for sustainable settlement patterns; designing more effective, efficient and equitable policy instruments
  • L. Gallagher (2007): Public Attitudes to Solid Waste Infrastructure and the Role of Compensation in Siting Decisions
  • J. Mulcahy (2007): Remote Sensing of Aerosol Optical Depth in North Atlantic Marine Air
  • E. Cullen (2007): Climate Change and Health in Ireland: A National Vulnerability Assessment
  • P. Howley (2007): 'Sustainability versus Liveability': An Investigation into the Implications of High-density Living
2006:
  • F. Fahy (2006): An examination of public attitudes and behaviour towards waste management: The case of Galway
  • P Bardini (2006): Atmospheric Chemistry of Dimethylphenols & Nitrophenols
  • Back to Doctoral Scholarships Scheme: Construction of Total Phosphorus (TP) quantitative models based on diatoms and cladocera for the Irish ecoregion using palaeolimnological techniques
  • A Mc Mahon (2006): Purification and characterisation of tyrosinase and laccase from Pseudomonas putida F6
  • P Dundon (2006): Assessment and regulation of N-mineralisation in a grassland soil
  • F Brereton (2006): An economic assessment of the determinants of quality of life
  • A Boyce (2006): A study of selected enzymes for animal feed application
  • P. Kavanagh (2006): Investigation of redox polymers for enzymatic fuel cell and DNA sensor devices: synthesis, electrochemical characterisation and applications
  • L. Redmond (2006): The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) – A Contribution towards understanding allowance, allocation, markets and performance and operation in a small open economy
  • A. Laine (2006): Carbon Gas Fluxes in an Irish lowland blanket bog
  • D. Rooney (2006): The ecology of soil microbial communities in acidic upland grasslands

2005:

  • S O’Sullivan (2005): Evaluation of options for reducing Irish diesel particulate emissions - utilising measurement and modelling methods
  • C. Garavan (2005): General health, blood lead levels and their environemntal predictors, in the vicinity of abandoned mines, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary
  • J. Casey (2005): Greenhouse gas emissions from Irish livestock production systems
  • C Noone (2005): The measurement and analysis of C2-C8 non-methane hydrocarbons at Mace Head atmospheric research station, Ireland
  • T. Dabrowski (2005): A flushing study analysis of selected Irish waterbodies

2004:

  • J Wurmel (2004): Detailed chemical kinetics combined with a computational fluid dynamics study of a twin piston rapid compression machine
  • U Budd (2004): Air quality monitoring and modelling at motoway and roundabout sites in Ireland