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Who's Who in The Trinity Centre for the Environment

The Trinity Centre for the Environment is comprised of a large community of academics and researchers. It is managed by the Director of the TCE who also chairs the management committee which is made up of the Resident Members and representatives of the student body.

The members of the Centre fall into five categories:

Resident Members: Permanent members of College staff who are physically located in the TCE who normally include the Directors of the MSc programmes.

Members: These are members of College staff who have close connections with the TCE either through having postgraduate students who use our facilities or whose research is closely linked to those of the Centre.

Visiting Members: These are academics or researchers who are either visiting College and are resident in the Centre or who are working with other Members of the Centre or are using our facilities.

Affiliate Members:These are academics, researchers, industrial or business experts normally from outside College who have close relationships with the Centre either through its research or teaching. Visiting Members automatically become Affiliate Members after the duration of their stay is over. Affiliate members also include former College postdoctoral fellows who wish to maintain a link with the TCE.

Research Associates: These are College appointed positions of leading academics and researchers in the field of environmental science who have a very close link with the Centre and who contribute to its teaching and /or research. These unpaid posts are for a period of three years only.

Research Postgraduates: These are students working towards a PhD or MSc by reserach who are based in the TCE for part or all of their period of study.


Resident Members


Visiting members

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Professor N.F. Gray

Phone: +353-1-8961639

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Professor Nick Gray has been working in the field of environmental science for over 30 years and is a specialist in wastewater treatment especially the area of biological treatment process design and operation. He leads the Water Technology Research Group and is author of a number of books on water and wastewater technology and practice. Apart from hydrobiology he is also interested in post climate change society and in particular greenhouse gas emission assessment and management.

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Dr Carlos Rocha

Phone: +353-1-8963871

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Dr Carlos Rocha is the School of Natural Sciences lecturer in Environmental Change. After graduating in Technological Chemistry with honours in 1991, he went on to obtain a PhD in Marine Chemistry “suma cum laude” at the University of Lisbon in 1997. His contribution to the field was recognized at an early stage by two national science awards (1999 & 2000) and a prestigious nomination for the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Lindemann Award in 2001. Before joining Trinity College, he was a lecturer in Biogeochemistry and the deputy director of the Centre for Marine and Environmental research at the University of Algarve, Portugal. Currently, Carlos directs the taught Masters in Environmental Sciences at Trinity, and teaches Environmental Transformations in the Developing world in the TCD Masters in Environment and Development, apart from various aspects of Earth System Science at both under- and postgraduate level. His current research focuses on the study of sandy sediment beds as active, natural biogeochemical reactors intercepting carbon and nitrogen flow from continents to the ocean. His main research goal is to understand their functional plasticity in response to anthropogenic pressure, climate change and biological activity. His research group is involved in research in Ireland and abroad, including Portugal and the Netherlands, and has links across Europe, South America and Asia. His research is funded by the EU, the Portuguese Government, the Irish EPA and Trinity College Dublin. Carlos is linked to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as an expert in marine nutrient chemistry, and is developing capacity building courses across several African countries under the auspices of this UN body. He is also the Irish representative in COST Action ES0801 (The ocean chemistry of bioactive trace elements and paleoclimate proxies), is an associate editor for the Journal of Sea Research, and has been regularly published in the scientific literature.

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Dr Catherine Coxon


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Catherine Coxon is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science.  She carries out research within the broad area of environmental earth science, mainly on groundwater quality.  Her specific interests include:rural groundwater quality problems, particularly nitrate; groundwater vulnerability assessment and protection schemes; karst hydrogeology and karst groundwater protection; phosphorus loss to surface waters by different hydrological pathways; groundwater – surface water interactions and integrated catchment management.  She participates in interdisciplinary water research projects in collaboration with other researchers in the T.C.D. School of Natural Sciences and School of Engineering, and also with bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Teagasc (the Irish agricultural research and advisory body) and the Geological Survey of Ireland. Current projects in which she is involved include Nitrogen attenuation along delivery pathways in agricultural catchments; Evaluation and interpretation of groundwater monitoring data and the implications for groundwater in Ireland. Recently completed projects include Pesticide leaching to groundwater in Ireland; Environmental supporting conditions for groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems; Evaluation of measures to reduce nitrate loss to groundwater from tillage land; Hydrochemistry and algal communities of turloughs (karstic seasonal lakes).

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Dr Norman Allott


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Dr Norman Allott is a lecturer in Zoology and current Director of the Centre. He is a limnologist with over 30 years experience of pure and applied research on lakes and rivers and their relationship to catchments. Particular interests include acid waters, ecological assessment of lake quality and phytoplankton. His current research is focused on the ecology of turloughs (temporary lakes) especially on aspects relating to water chemistry and phytoplankton.

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Mr Mark Kavanagh


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Mark holds a BSc (Hons) degree in chemistry from UCD.  He provides
assistance, advice and training to undergraduate, postgraduate students
(taught MSc and PhD) and staff with regard to the analytical equipment in
the Centre's laboratories. Other duties include setting up laboratory
practicals and assisting running of the same.

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Dr. Ainhoa González Del Campo (Teaching Fellow)


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Ainhoa holds a PhD in Environmental Planning and is currently a Teaching Fellow for the MSc Biodiversity and Conservation and MSc Environmental Sciences. She is the module coordinator for Desk Studies, Project Planning and Practical Environmental Assessment, as well as delivering the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) teaching component of Data Handling. Ainhoa has significant expertise in GIS and environmental planning, assessment and management. Her research interests include the application of spatial data and GIS tools to support informed planning and decision making,  environmental law and policy implementation, development of methodological assessment frameworks, urban metabolism, sustainability indicators and public participation. She is currently the principal investigator in the EPA STRIVE funded project Environmental Sensitivity Mapping Tool (NIRSA). Ainhoa has published several guidance documents on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), as well as contributed to a number of international SEA capacity-building workshops. She is a board member of the International Association for Impact Assessment’s UK-Ireland branch. She is also a member of the international editorial review board of the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management (JEAPM) and the International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change (IJISSC).

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Dr. Jean Wilson (Research Fellow)


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Jean Wilson is a Research Fellow funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the STRIVE Water Research Programme 2012 (2012-W-MS-13). Jean’s research project “CONNECT” (COmbiNed Earth ObservatioN and GEochemiCal Tracing for Groundwater Detection and Evaluation in Ireland) is being undertaken within the Biogeochemistry Research Group headed by Professor Carlos Rocha. Professor Catherine Coxon completes the research team and more details on the CONNECT project are available here. Jean’s research interests lie in environmental applications of remote sensing, GIS and spatial analysis. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin (July 2008) with a PhD in Geography specializing in digital change detection techniques for landscape monitoring in data-poor areas using New Providence Island, The Bahamas as a case-study. Prior to that Jean completed her undergraduate studies in Geography and Mathematics and postgraduate studies in Geographical Analysis (MA in Environmental Resource Management) and Remote Sensing and GIS (Postgraduate Diploma) at NUI Maynooth. More recently, Jean completed an EPA-STRIVE funded Research Fellowship (2009-2012) supervised by Professor Carlos Rocha on developing remote sensing as a tool for detection, quantification and evaluation of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) to Irish coastal waters. Through her research she has gained considerable experience in the use of remote sensing and geochemical tracing techniques for groundwater detection and evaluation both at home and internationally.

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Dr Katie Tedd 


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Katie Tedd is a research fellow funded by the Environmental Protection Agency STRIVE Programme.  Her research project is on the Development of an ecohydrology framework for setting environmental flow standards for Irish rivers.  The goal of this project is to evaluate state-of-the-art environmental flow methodology to identify best practice, trial alternative approaches in catchments of contrasting hydrogeology with long-term flow data, and provide recommendations to the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for establishing a landscape-based framework for setting EFlow standards that will help to maintain ecological status and ecosystem services provided by Irish rivers. The project is a joint venture between the Triinty Centre for the Environment and Zoology department.  See for more details. 

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Dr Stephen Waldren


Dr Steve waldren, Trinity Centre for the EnvironmentSteve is a Lecturer in the Botany Department and Curator/Administrator of Trinity College Botanic Garden.  His research interests centre around plant diversity and its conservation.  His research group is currently investigation conservation biology of threatened native plants, evolution and conservation of island plants, the ecological functioning and conservation of turloughs , conservation planning, and sustainable use of natural resources in Nepal.  Steve is currently Course Director of the taught MSc programme in Biodiversity and Conservation.

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Denise Barnett


Denise Barnett TCD Trinity Centre for the EnvironmentDenise Barnett (B.E., M.Eng.Sc., C.Eng., FIEI) is an Affiliate Member of the Trinity Centre for the Environment.  Formally Regional Director with consulting engineers Mott Mac Donald and subsequently Senior Executive Engineer in the Cork County Council; she is now Lecturer in Water Engineering in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at CIT. She has wide experience in all aspects of the water and waste water sectors. She is working with Professor Nick Gray on domestic water demand management.

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Dr Lucy Crockford

Dr Lucy Crockford Trinity Centre for the EnvironmentLucy is a lecturer in Soil and Water Management at Harper Adams University with research interests in soil management, water quality and sustainability.Twitter

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