Sudipto completed his M.Sc. (2014) in Environment Management from the Forest Research Institute, India and B.Sc. in 2012 from the University of Calcutta, India. Following his M.Sc., Sudipto worked in a range of positions, including as Junior Data Manager at the Forest Research Institute, Editorial Assistant at Chhaya Prakashani and as subject matter expert (Biology) at Chegg-India.
He has completed several training courses on including – REDD+; SDG Indicators [2.4.1, 6.4.2, 15.1.1, 15.2.1]; Forest Biometry; Integrating Climate Risk Information into NAPs; National Socioeconomic Surveys in Forestry; Assessing Risk in Agriculture from international organizations including FAO, UNITAR, NPTEL. Sudipto joined Maynooth University and ICARUS in 2020 as a PhD student and is funded under the Teagasc Walsh Scholarship programme. His research focusses on understanding the dependence of soil nutrient availability on climate, vegetation, geomorphology, soil and landscape management practices. His research will lead to improve understanding on the interrelations between both natural and anthropogenic drivers of soil nutrient availability and lead to improved agricultural management strategies, improved nutrient management and soil conservation and improved water use efficiency and support reduced GHG emission through sustainable and climate-sensitive agriculture.
- Soil Biogeochemistry
- Soil and Water Conservation
- Sustainable and Climate-Sensitive Agriculture
- Spatial Data Analysis
- Statistical Modelling
Thesis Title: Soil fertility underpinning nutrient use efficiency for sustainability
Supervisors: Dr Rowan Fealy, Lilian O’Sullivan, Dr David Wall and Reamonn Fealy
Description of Project: The project intends to find the interrelation and develop models of soil nutrient availability (mainly nitrogen and phosphorus) in agricultural landscape with intrinsic physicochemical properties of soil, topographical conditions, climate, agricultural soil management practices and crops. At the same time, the study will be identifying key regulators of soil nutrient availability. The outcomes of the study will be integrated to spatial platform at various levels from national to field scale and will be used to develop modified nutrient management strategies that will be performance tested with existing nutrient management tools.
2020-2024: Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship
Bhowmik S. and Kotiyal P. B. 2016. Bacterial Diversity and soil physicochemical properties in Tons River Basin of Dehradun; eJournal of Applied Forest Ecology (eJAFE). 4(2) 21-28.
Kotiyal P. B. and Bhowmik S. 2017. Enumeration of Soil Bacteria in the Soil of the Tons River Bank from Different Elevation; Octa Journal of Environmental Research. 5(2).149-155
Bhowmik S, (2020) Ecological and Economic Importance of Wetlands and Their Vulnerability-A Review; Zero Waste: Management Practices for Environmental Sustainability: Current State and Future Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity. IGI Global. 95-112
Bhowmik S. and Raina A. K., Physicochemical properties of soil and identification of rocks from bank of river Tons, Dehradun; Asia Pacific Workshop on Water and Forests-Beyond Traditional Forest Hydrology (September, 2013)
Mladen has done his Bachelor studies in field of Crop Production/Crop protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Master Studies:
Biomolecular Techniques and Plant Protection at Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia. After that he spend a year at Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy research - NIBIO, working on forecasting systems for crop pests.
Throughout his career he maintained strong relationship with NGO sector in field of youth non formal education and rural development. He is interested in photography, sports and good food.
- Plant Pathology
- Epidemiology of Plant Diseases
- Decision Support Systems in Agriculture
- Crop Protection
Optimization of potato late blight caused by P infestans control in Ireland
Potato late blight caused by the oomycete pathogen P. infestans continues to be the most economically destructive disease of potato crops in Ireland. The development of late blight is highly dependent on favorable weather conditions. Currently control is reliant on fungicides and given the potential yield loss and/or increased costs associated with controlling epidemics if initiated, fungicides are intensively applied prophylactically. As such IPM strategies incorporating decision support systems have been developed throughout Europe, primarily based on prevailing weather conditions as a means of aiding the correct timing of fungicides. Currently Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service issue late blight warning based on ‘Irish Rules’ devised by Bourke (1955). These rules do not take account of the P. infestans population and changes which have taken place, the susceptibility of the potato variety grown or activity of fungicides applied. The aim of this project is to re-evaluate the ‘Irish rules’ incorporating these different aspects of production. To achieve these goals comparisons between warning systems will be undertaken using Irish weather and disease data, and both laboratory and field based studies will be used to determine the interaction between P. infestans genotype, potato susceptibility and fungicide on subsequent late blight development.
Dr. Rowan Fealy (Maynooth University), Dr. Steven Kildea (Teagasc) and Dr. Denis Griffin (Teagasc)
T-E. Skog, M. Cucak, B. Nordskog, H. Eikemo, H. Hole, A. F. Schjøll, J. Netland, N. Trandem, T. Rafoss, R. Meadow. (2015) Oral presentation: VIPS – an Open Source technology platform for prognosis and decision support and its implementation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. IV International Symposium and XX Scientific Conference of agronomists of Republic of Srpska. Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
T-E. Skog, M. Cucak, B. Nordskog, H. Eikemo, H. Hole, A. F. Schjøll, J. Netland, N. Trandem, T. Rafoss, R. Meadow. (2015) VIPS – an Open Source technology platform for prognosis and decision support. Plant health for sustainable agriculture. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Awards and Scholarships
2012/2014: Erasmus Mundus scholarship for Master Course.
2014: EEA grant for internship at NIBIO.
2016/2019: Doctoral fellowship at Maynooth University and TEAGASC.
Membership in Professional Associations
European Association for Potato Research
The American Phytopathological Society
Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mladen-cucak-b500b626
Tel: +353 (0)892571521
Sam completed a BSc in engineering sciences between 2013 and 2017 in Université du Maine (former name, now Le Mans Université, Le Mans, France). He graduated from the Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) in 2019 with a Postgraduate Master degree in Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate Sciences, majoring in Physical Oceanography. The second year of this 2-years program was organised in partnership with University d'Abomey-Calavi in Benin. During both Master 1 and Master 2, Sam was given the opportunity to visit ICARUS for a summer internship on oceanic research. During this time, he worked on tide gauges measurements and their relationship to ocean dynamics (Gulf Stream, Global Overturning Circulation) and atmospheric forcing (winds and loading). Following his Master, Sam joined ICARUS PhD community of students in Oct 2019 and he was awarded a 4-year studentship funded by the A4 project (Aigéin, Aeráid, agus athrú Atlantaigh). His work will focus on the European Shelf-Edge Current, its implication for coastal sea-level in Ireland and UK and its relationship with the climate of those countries.
- Shelf-Edge Current
- Ocean gliders
- Tide gauges
Working title: The Shelf-Edge Current and connection to the coast.
Supervisor: Dr Gerard McCarthy
Co-Supervisor: Dr Martin White (NUI Galway)
Seán graduated from Maynooth University in 2017 with a B.A. (Joint Honours) in History and Geography. He was awarded a €2,000 Taught Master’s Scholarship and subsequently went on to complete an M.Sc. in Climate Change in 2018. His Ph.D. research focuses on the development of Ensemble Streamflow Prediction (ESP) approaches to seasonal hydrological forecasting for Irish river catchments. ESP methods typically employ hydrological models to estimate initial conditions and use boundary forcings resampled from historical observations to produce an ensemble forecast of streamflow. Seán’s work will establish and benchmark ESP methods and will explore both when and where predictability of Irish river flows is possible for different initialisation and lead times, as well as the extent to which predictability is influenced by model complexity. It comprises part of the HydroCast project, which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.
- Climate change.
- Rainfall-runoff modelling.
- Seasonal hydrological forecasting.
- Statistical analysis.
Working Title: Ensemble Streamflow Prediction for Irish Catchments.
Supervisor: Dr. Conor Murphy.
2018–22: Science Foundation Ireland.
2018: Department of Geography Prize for the Best Overall Performance in the M.Sc. Climate Change (Joint Winner).
2017: Maynooth University Taught Master’s Scholarship.
2017: Department of Geography Prize for the Best Physical Geographer in the Third Year Examinations.
2016: Department of Geography Prize for the Best Overall Performance in the Second Year Examinations.
2015: Department of Geography Prize for the Best Overall Performance in the First Year Examinations.
2017–19: Demonstrator for second year Geography modules GY201/GY202: Methods of Geographical Analysis.
2017: Tutor for first year Geography module GY151: Living Landscapes.
2017: Completed the Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Maynooth University Centre for Teaching and Learning).
British Hydrological Society (BHS).
European Geosciences Union (EGU).
Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI).
International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).
Ian has over 30 year’s experience working as a Technical Director/Project Manager and Senior Consultant in the Irish Oil sector, the Food industry and the Chemical sector. He also spent a number of years working on hazardous waste recycling and pollution control in the UK. Ian has worked significantly on effluent and air emission projects and has developed Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) reduction techniques using Oxidation Technology. He was a founder Director of BioGreen Ireland Ltd, Ireland’s only commercial Bio Diesel Plant and as a Senior Consultant with RE-AN International Technology Services where he supported blue chip companies in Ireland and further afield. Ian’s work included the development of innovative renewable energy products suitable for Irish climatic conditions. He also developed fuel products using Enzyme Technology to reduce Carbon Emissions. During this work he developed a deep interest in climate change and its potential impacts. He is a strong believer in continuous professional development. While working full time, he completed his Undergraduate and Post Graduate studies in Environmental Science by distance learning through the Open University and Trinity College Dublin. His dissertation for his Master of Environmental Science degree was on the combustion of waste paper in a fluidised bed application as a method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- 20th Century Reanalyse
- Data Trends
- Land Surface Temperature
- Computer Modelling
- Statistical Analysis
"The investigation of the utility of 20th Century reanalyses products to identify and adjust for data artefacts to create a new and methodologically distinct analysis of land surface air temperatures since at least 1900 and possibly earlier with the view to provide input to next generation 20th Century reanalysis projects".
Supervisor:- Professor Peter Thorne
Start Date: 01-10-2015 Supervisor: - Professor Peter Thorne, Co-Supervisor:- Professor Leopold Heimberger of the University of Vienna
Education & Professional Development
2013:-Dublin institute of Technology, Aungier ST, Dublin – Master of Business Administration (MBA)-Part-time study
2008:-Open University, Milton Keynes, UK - Master of Environmental Sciences
2006:-Open University, Milton Keynes, UK - PGD in Environmental Decision-Making
2002:-Open University, Milton Keynes, UK - Honours Degree in Environmental Science
1998:-Open University, Milton Keynes, UK - Diploma in Pollution Control
1996:-Trinity College, Dublin - Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management
1994:-Trinity College, Dublin - Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Engineering
1982;-National Council for Education Awards, Carlow Institute of Technology- Diploma in Applied Biology
1981:-City & Guilds, London Institute - Certificate in Quality Control
Institute of Engineers of Ireland (IEI)
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (ISOH)
The Association of MBA’S of Ireland
Master Thesis of Business Administration. (MBA) (2013) “Alternative Strategy in a Dualistic Market-“
(2011-2012) Feasibility Study of Proposed Laois Sustainable Living Training Centre:- 2011
Processed Fuel Oil and Steam Boilers
Master Thesis (2008) “The Electrical Power Generation derived from the Combustion of Waste Paper to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Fluidized Beds”
Shirley graduated from Maynooth University in 2018 with a BA Double Honours in Geography and Anthropology, selecting modules relevant to her research interests across both disciplines throughout. Utilising a trans-disciplinary approach drawing on geography and anthropology, her PhD research considers how culture-nature relationships influence climate change perspectives and responses. Shirley’s prior professional experience is as a communications strategist for environment and social justice issues in the NGO sector, and as an arts publicist for government and cultural organisations.
- Climate change
- Climate change communication
- Cultural mediation of climate and environmental change
- Culture-nature relationships and interactions
- Climate justice
- Irish islands and their communities
Title: Of land and ocean: Culture and climate on Ireland’s islands
Supervisor: Dr Conor Murphy, Geography Department, Maynooth University
Co-supervisor: Dr Chandana Mathur, Anthropology Department, Maynooth University
2019: Eda Sagarra Medal of Excellence for being the top-ranking Postgraduate Scholar in the domain of arts, humanities and social sciences under the Irish Research Council’s 2019 Government of Ireland funding programmes.
2019: Global Undergraduate Awards - Regional Winner for the Island of Ireland in the ‘Social Sciences: Anthropology and Cultural Studies’ category.
2019: Irish Research Council - Environmental Protection Agency and Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship.
2018: John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarship Award.
2016: Undergraduate Academic Award - Department of Geography Best Performance in First Year Examinations.
Teaching and Professional Experience
2019: Assessor on the National Youth Assembly on Climate Change.
2019: Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
2019: Guest lecturer for final year anthropology studentsL AN338 Anthropology & the Environment.
2019: Tutor for first year geography module: GY162 Global Environments.
2018: Invited lecturer for MSc in Climate Change module: GY655 Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation.
2018: Undergraduate tutor for first year module: GY151 Living Landscapes.
Irish Climate Analysis & Research Units (ICARUS)
Room 1.9 Laraghbryan House Maynooth University Maynooth Co Kildare
T: +353 (0)1 708 6836 / +353 (0)87 414 8511 E: Shirley.firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @ShirleyCHowe (link to - https://twitter.com/ShirleyCHowe)
Kazeem received his B.Tech honor in Meteorology at Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) - Nigeria in 2011 and completed a research Master’s degree at FUTA between 2014 and 2016 in the area of applied meteorology. The research study investigated the dynamics of surface urban biophysical compositions and their impacts of the thermal field of the environment in some selected cities of southwest, Nigeria during the period 1984 to 2014. Between 2011 and 2014, Kazeem worked as an observer in the synoptic station of Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Lokoja under the national youth service scheme, and then at Precious Seeds’ Model College, Ota –Nigeria as a tutor in the areas of Basic Technology, Physics, and Mathematics. He was appointed a Teaching Assistant (in Basic Meteorology for Agricultural Sciences, Atmospheric Radiation, Satellite Meteorology, and Instrumentation and Environmental Measurement) in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science immediately after his M.Tech in FUTA. Since then, Kazeem has worked with the Department until 2017 when he joined the ICARUS to work on a Teagasc Walsh funded research leading to a Ph.D studentship in the Department of Geography, Maynooth University. This research will focus on characterising agro-environmental zones in Ireland using an integrated approach of surface energy balance for planning and decision-making.
- Land surface dynamics
- Remote sensing of environment
- Urban meteorology and climatology
- Surface energy budget
Title: Using surface energy balance approach to characterise agro-environmental zones in Ireland in support of on-farm decision making.
Supervisor(s): Dr Rowan Fealy, Mr Reammon Fealy (Teagasc), Dr. Gerald Mills (UCD)
2017 – 2021: Teagasc Walsh PhD Fellowship programme
Ishola,K.A., Fealy,R., Mills,G., Fealy,R., Green,S., Jimenez-Casteneda, A.,Adeyeri, O.E.,(2018) ‘Developing regional calibration coefficients for estimation of hourly global solar radiation in Ireland’, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, DOI: 10.1080/14786451.2018.1499645
Adeyeri, O.E., Akinsanola, A. A. and Ishola K.A., (2017). Investigating Surface Urban Heat Island Characteristics over Abuja, Nigeria: Relationship between Land Surface Temperature and Multiple Vegetation Indices. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 7(2017): 57 – 68.
Balogun, I. A. and Ishola K. A. (2017). Projection of Future Changes in Landuse/Landcover using Cellular Automata/Markov Model over Akure City, Nigeria. Journal of Remote Sensing Technology, 5(1), 22 – 31.
Udo, N. A., Oluleye, A., Ishola K. A. (2017). Investigating Wind Power Potential over Some Selected Coastal Cities in Nigeria. Innovative Energy and Research, 6(1), 1 – 12.
Adeyeri, O.E., Okogbue, E.C., Akinluyi, F. O. and Ishola K.A. (2017). Spatio-temporal trend of vegetation cover over Abuja using Landsat datasets. International Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Research, 3(3), 3084 – 3100.
Adeyeri, O.E., Ishola, K.A., Okogbue E.C. (2017). Climate Change and Coastal Floods: The Susceptibility of Coastal Areas of Nigeria. J. Coast. Zone Manag. 20 (2), 1 – 6.
Ishola, K. A., Okogbue, E. C., and Adeyeri O. E. (2016). The Dynamics of Surface Urban Biophysical Compositions and its Impact on Land Surface Thermal Field. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment, 2:208, 1 - 20.
Ishola, K. A., Okogbue, E. C., and Adeyeri O. E. (2016) A Quantitative Assessment of Surface Urban Heat Islands Using Satellite Multi-Temporal Data over Abeokuta, Nigeria. International Journal of Atmospheric Sciences,Volume 2016, 6 pages, doi:10.1155/2016/3170789.
Adeyeri, O. E., Okogbue, E. C., Ige, S. O., and Ishola, K. A. (2015) Estimating the Land Surface Temperature over Abuja using Different Landsat Sensors. In proceedings of the International Conference of the Nigerian Meteorological Society; Climate Change, Environmental Challenges, and Sustainable Development. pp 305 – 310.
2016/2017: FUTA Teaching Assistant for Undergraduate; First Semester - Second (MET203) and fourth (MET 401 and MET 409) year modules; Second Semester – Second (MET202 and MET204) and Fifth (MET510) year modules
2011: Departmental prize, Department of Meteorology, FUTA. Best graduating student
Laraghbryan House (Room 1.9)
Tel: +353 1 708 6836
Azucena is a Ph.D student at National University of Ireland Maynooth. She graduated B.Sc. in Geography and Postgraduate master in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Zaragoza, Spain (2014). After graduating, she had an internship in the Spanish Researcher National Council (CSIC) in Estacion Experimental de Aula Dei (EEAD) Zaragoza. During the las 2 years, she was working in the group Clime, Water, Global Change and Natural Systems in the Geography Department in Zaragoza’s University. She joined ICARUS in 2017 leading to a Ph.D Walsh Fellowship from Teagasc, focused on real time nutrient management from terrestrial and satellite radar data. She is currently on her first year.
- Climate change
- Remote sensing
Thesis title: Deriving high resolution, on-farm, rainfall estimates from terrestrial and satellite radar data: An application for use in real time nutrient management
Supervisor: Professor Rowan Fealy, Stuart Green (Teagasc) and Professor Gerald Mills (University College Dublin).
Description of Project: The proposed research will establish a methodology for utilising rainfall radar, in combination with MetÉireann’s precipitation gauge network, to develop high spatio-temporal resolution, near real-time rainfall estimates for Ireland. An analysis of the rainfall radar will also be undertaken with available satellite data.The results will provide a robust basis for developing real time, local rainfall estimates that coupled with the Teagasc Nutrient Management Planning decision support system (NMP Online) can inform timing of fertiliser applications.
2017-2021: Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship
Publications and Abstracts
Ishola,K.A., Fealy,R., Mills,G., Fealy,R., Green,S., Jimenez-Castañeda, A.,Adeyeri, O.E.,(2018) ‘Developing regional calibration coefficients for estimation of hourly global solar radiation in Ireland’, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, DOI: 10.1080/14786451.2018.1499645
Jiménez-Castañeda, A. 9th Seminar on homogenization and quality control in climate databases. Hungarian Meteorological Service. 03-07 April 2017. (Oral and writtig)
Jiménez-Castañeda, A. III Cycle of doctoral Conferences. Doctoral Program in Spatial Planning and Environment. Zaragoza´s Geography Department. 17-24 March 2017.
Jiménez-Castañeda, A. Data quality control and homogenization. Global Change Research Institute CAS. Brno, Czech Republic. 29 November 2016 to 01 December 2016. (Assientece)
Burguera, M.T.; González-Hidalgo, J.C.; Jiménez-Castañeda, A.; Luna Rico, M.Y.; Morata, A.B.; Vicente Serrano, S.; Beguería S. Quality control seven variables national database AEMET. Weather, society, risk and land management. 10th International Congress of the Spanish Association of Climatology. Spanish Association of Climatology; University of Alicante05-08 October 2016(Oral communication)
González-Hidalgo, J.C.; Peña-Angulo, D.; Salinas, C.; Jiménez-Castañeda, A.; Brunetti M.Recent variations of the temperature in Spain: The effect of the selected period on the trends of the seasonal series of the averages of minimum and maximum. Weather, society, risk and land management. 10th International Congress of the Spanish Association of Climatology. Spanish Association of Climatology; University of Alicante. 05-08 October 2016(Oral communication)
Luna, M.Y.; González-Hidalgo, J.C.; Morata, A.; Beguería, S.; Burguera M.T.; Jiménez-Castañeda, A.; Vicente-Serrano, S.. Development of drought indices for sectoral applications in Spain: presentation of the DESEMON project. 9th Assembly Hispano Portuguesa of Geodesy and Geophysics. Complutense University of Madrid; Ministry of Development. 28-30 June 2016.
A. Jiménez-Castañeda; E. Luna Jordán; C. Castañeda del Álamo. Territorial integration of data from the Nature Reserve of Gallocanta´s lagoon as a basis for management. Spatial analysis and geographic representation: innovation and application. XXIV Congress of the Association of Spanish Geographers. 28-30 October 2015. (Oral communication)
Castañeda del Álamo, C., Jiménez-Castañeda, A.; Latorre Garcés, B.; Luna Jordán E. Automatic processing of Landsat imagery in GIS environment management protected areas: Gallocata Spain. Remote sensing, wetlands and protected areas. XVI Congress of the Spanish Association of Remote Sensing. 21-23 October 2015.
2016: Visiting teacher to participate in online seminars in the course “Land Management Plans” in the degree of Enviromental Engineering of Universidad Libre de Bogota. 15 March 2016 and 23 September 2016.
Castañeda del Álamo C.; Jiménez-Castañeda A.; Latorre Garcés B. Semi-automatic generation of environment indices using satellite imaginary (GINASAT v1.0). Legal representative: Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). No 799_2015. 2015.
Laraghbryan House (Room 1.9)
Tel: +353 1 708 6836
Brendan graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2020 with a BS in General Science, specialising in Environmental Science. This general science pathway allowed him to be introduced to various methods within the vast discipline, covering modules in biology, chemistry, and geology. Gaining valuable insight and synergy of the different aspects of the multiple fields of science. Brendan's research focuses on sustainable development, incorporating problem-solving skills to current key issues, scientific communication, and evidence-based solutions. Brendan was awarded Teagasc Walsh PhD Scholarship for a joint research project between Teagasc and Maynooth University.
- Climate change
- Biogeochemical modelling
- Soil carbon sequestration
Project title: Soil carbon sequestration in a grassland production system.
Project Description: Investigating soil carbon sequestration in grassland production system. This research involves the use of biogeochemical models for simulating soil carbon sequestration over temperate grasslands. This is important as it will allow the agricultural sector to evaluate the impact of agricultural management on soil carbon stocks and sequestration rates.
Supervisor(s): Dr. Rowan Fealy (MU) and Dr Donal O’Brien (Teagasc).
Teagasc Walsh Scholarship Programme
I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2016 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and subsequently went on to complete an M.Sc. in Climate Change in 2018. Both of the research projects I under took dealt with various aspects of hydrology, my undergraduate project focusing on well water quality and the geological features that impact them. My master's thesis focused on TBRG accuracy and how they were affected by wind speed and direction, the amount and form of precipitation. Following graduating in 2018 I briefly worked in as an Environmental and Administrative Technician, the role included the preparation of environmental impact assessments, costing and quotes for domestic/industrial oil spill cleanup and restoration work. I joined ICARUS PhD community of students in Dec 2019 and I was awarded a 4-year studentship funded by the A4 project (Aigéin, Aeráid, agus athrú Atlantaigh). My work will focus on understanding Atlantic variability and its connection to the Irish shelf advancing knowledge of Irish sea-level change in an Atlantic context; and development of predictive capacity on decadal timescales.
- Climate Change
- Statistical Analysis
Working Title: Tailored decadal predictions for Ireland and its surrounding seas.
Supervisor: Dr André Düsterhus
In 2004, Paul graduated from Maynooth University with a B.Sc. Honours degree in experimental physics. He subsequently completed an M.Sc. Research Masters in fluid dynamics, specifically studying the heat flow characteristics of water at it’s maximum density. Statistical analysis of experimental results, complemented by the use of computational fluid dynamic modelling, was an important component of his research. In 2012, he commenced a taught M.Sc. Programme in Maynooth University in climate change. His thesis work involved the generation of a decision centric approach to climate change adaptation, with modelling river catchment rainfall-runoff being central to the study. In September 2017, Paul commenced his PhD in ICARUS, his research will entail reconstructing historic daily river flows values for 38 river catchments in Ireland using analog approaches to downscale reanalysis data. Reconstructed flow series will be used to demonstrate their utility for spatial and temporal drought analysis in the water sector and for contextualising recent flooding events in Ireland.
- Climate change
- Rainfall-runoff modelling
- Statistical analysis
Provisional title: "Ensembles reconstructions of Daily River Flows (1871 - present).
Primary supervisor: Dr. Conor Murphy (Maynooth University)
Secondary supervisor: Dr. Tom Matthews (Liverpool John Moores University)
2008 – 2017: Data and Information Analyst, Financial Services Ombudsman's Office, Dublin
2006 – 2007: Laboratory Technician /Junior Lecturer: National University of Ireland, Maynooth
2004 – 2006: Tutor / Invigilator / Demonstrator: National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Awards and Scholarships
National University of Ireland; Best Overall performance in M.Sc. in Climate Change 2013
2017 – 2021 Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (Government of Ireland).
Papers & Presentations
Wilby, R.L., Dawson, C.W., Murphy, C., O’Connor, P., Hawkins, E (2014) The Statistical DownScaling Model – Decision Centric (SDSM-DC): conceptual basis and applications. Climate Research, 61, 259-276.
Cawley, M.F., Mooney, P.A., O’Connor, P. (2008) Asymmetrical heat transfer through composites of water and aqueous solutions in the presence of the density maximum. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 51 (1-2), 224-236
O'Connor, P. (2006) The Influence of the Density Maximum in Water on the Rate of Heat Transfer. The Institute of Physics Irish A.G.M. 2006 - Poster and presentation
Tel: +353 (0)1+353 1 708 6836
Christopher graduated from Maynooth University in 2016 with a BA Single Honors Geography. He was awarded the Alumni scholarship to study an MSc in Climate Change. On completion of the MSc Climate change he was also awarded the John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarship which allowed him to pursue PhD research. His research interests span disciplines such as climate change adaptation, vulnerability to climate change, hydrology, coastal management and environmental psychology. His research focuses on the disruption of place attachment through loss of significant landscapes and the resultant responses initiated by affected communities. The aim of this research is to work with communities on the front line of environmental issues and climate change to better understand the psychological processes that lead to environmental action or adoption of adaptation strategies.
- Climate change.
- Vulnerability to Climate change
- Adaptation at local scales
- Coastal communities
- Place attachment
- Coastal erosion/ loss of beaches
Working title: Transforming coastal landscapes and the effects on community place attachment.
Supervisor: Dr. Conor Murphy
2017: John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarship, 48 months.
Phillips, C., Walshe, D., O’ Regan, K., Strong, K., Hennon, C. C., Knapp, K., Murphy, C., Thorne, P.W. (2017) Assessing citizen science participation skill for altruism or university course credit: A case study analysis using Cyclone Center, Citizen science: Theory and practice (Submitted).
2017: John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarship.
2016: Alumni scholarship Maynooth University.
2016: Department of Geography Award for the Best performance in Single honours Geography.
Teaching and professional experience
2017: Undergraduate demonstrator for second year module: GY201.
2016: Undergraduate tutor for first year module: GY151.
Irish Climate Analysis & Research Units (ICARUS)
Phone: +353 83 4490123
Daire graduated from Maynooth University in 2017 with a B.A. in Geography and subsequently went on to complete an M.Sc. in Climate Change in 2018. He completed both his undergraduate and Master’s theses on establishing the Seasonal Hydrological Forecasting (SHF) skill of streamflow persistence techniques in Ireland, exploring exactly when and where this approach offered a benchmark against which the skill of more complex forecasting methods could be assessed. Daire is currently undertaking his PhD research in ICARUS as part of a Science Foundation Ireland funded project (HydroCast) investigating the potential of SHF methods for Irish catchments. His research focuses on statistical approaches to SHF, exploring the climate drivers that give predictability for hydrological conditions and how best to exploit them in the development of empirical forecast models.
- Hydrology and hydroclimatology
- Seasonal hydrological forecasting
- Statistical analysis
- Climate change
Provisional title: Statistical approaches to seasonal hydrological forecasting in Ireland.
Supervisor: Dr. Conor Murphy
2018- 2022: Science Foundation Ireland
2017: Professor T. Jones Hughes Prize for Best Overall Performance in Final Year Geography Examinations
2018: Tutor to first year undergraduate students (Department of Geography, Maynooth University)
2017/ 18: Research assistant working for Prof. Jan Rigby (National Centre for Geocomputation, Maynooth University)
Irish Climate Analysis & Research Units (ICARUS)
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
Ciara graduated from Maynooth University in 2015 with a BA in Geography and Mathematics. Throughout the course of her undergraduate degree she chose modules that would allow her to develop the skills and knowledge required to progress within the field of climate research. On completion of the undergraduate degree she was awarded a Maynooth University Masters Scholarship to pursue an MSc in Climate Change. She graduated in 2016 receiving the department prize and a John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarship. She is currently working towards a PhD at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units. Her research is being carried out in collaboration with Met Éireann under the Irish Research Council Employment Based Scheme.
- Climate Change
- Historical Records
- Data Rescue
Working title: Development and analysis of long-term, quality assured daily precipitation and
temperature networks for the Island of Ireland.
Supervisor(s): Dr Conor Murphy, ICARUS, Maynooth University
Mary Curley, Met Éireann
2016 - 2017: John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarship, 48 months
2017 – 2020: Irish Research Council Employment Based Scheme, 36 months
Ryan, C., Duffy, C., Broderick, C., Thorne, P., Curley, M., Walsh, S., Daly, C., Treanor, M., and Murphy, C. (2018): 'Integrating data rescue into the classroom'. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0147.1, in press.
2017: Irish Research Council Employment Based Scheme
2016: John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarship
2016: Department of Geography Award for Best Performance in the MSc in Climate Change.
2015: Department of Geography Award for the Best Physical Geographer in Final Year Examinations.
2015: Maynooth University Masters Scholarship.
2014: Summer Programme for Undergraduate Researchers (SPUR).
2016/17: Research Assistant working on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded project: Irish Climate Futures: Data and Tools for Decision Making.
2015/16: First year undergraduate tutor, Department of Geography, Maynooth University.
2014: Internship working with Dr Ro Charlton (Department of Geography, Maynooth University) to develop a database for Irish rivers to characterise geomorphological attributes and controls.
Conference Presentations (*Invited)
Ryan, C., Murphy, C., Duffy, C., Broderick, C., Thorne, T, Curley, M., Walsh, S., Treanor, M., and Daly, C. (2017) Integrating data rescue into the classroom [Oral presentation – Presented by Ciara Ryan]. European Meteorological Society (EMS) Annual Meeting 2017, Dublin, Ireland, 04 – 08 September 2017.
Ryan, C., Murphy, C., Duffy, C., Broderick, C., Thorne, T, Curley, M., Walsh, S., Treanor, M., and Daly, C. (2017) Integrating data rescue into the classroom [Poster presentation – Presented by Ciara Ryan]. European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 23 – 28 April 2017.
Murphy, C., Burt, T.P., Broderick, C., Duffy, C., Macdonald, N., Matthews, T., McCarthy, M.P., Mullan, D., Noone, S., Ryan, C., Thorne, P., Walsh, S. and Wilby, R. (1711) A 305 year monthly rainfall series for the Island of Ireland (1711 - 2016). [Oral presentation – Presented by Conor Murphy]. European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 23 – 28 April 2017.
*Ryan, C., Murphy, C., Duffy, C., Broderick, C., Thorne, T, Curley, M., Walsh, S., Treanor, M., and Daly, C. (2017) Integrating data rescue into the classroom [Oral presentation – Presented by Ciara Ryan]. Met Éireann, 65/67 Glasnevin Hill Dublin 9, D09 Y921, Ireland, 15th March 2017.
*Ryan, C., Murphy, C., Duffy, C., Broderick, C., Thorne, T, Curley, M., Walsh, S., Treanor, M., and Daly, C. (2017) Integrating data rescue into the classroom [Oral presentation – Presented by Ciara Ryan]. Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. 17th November 2016.
Memberships and Affiliations
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI)
Irish Meteorological Society
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