Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Nessa

Contact Surname: O\'Connor

Contact Address:

School of Natural Sciences Zoology Building Trinity College Dublin Dublin 2 Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 1 8961926

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Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Dublin, Trinity College

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
My research focuses on quantifying and predicting the effects of human activities on the functioning and stability of coastal ecosystems. My research examines the cumulative impacts of processes, such as climate change, nutrient enrichment, spread of invasive species and loss of biodiversity, on the functioning of ecosystems and how this links to their associated ecosystem services. I use a mainly empirical approach to identify the impacts of multiple human activities, within a defined environmental context, to produce more meaningful findings that better inform policy. I am particularly interested in impacts associated with inshore fisheries and aquaculture (e.g. bivalves and seaweeds). I am also interested in monitoring the ecological status of coastal ecosystems and developing methods that better assess the impacts of human activities on biodiversity.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Biodiversity Ecosystem functioning Community stability Monitoring Climate Change Community Ecology Environmental Impacts Coastal ecology Multiple stressors Invasive species Aquaculture Biofuel Algae Food webs Good ecological status Water Framework Directive Marine Strategy Framework Directive Habitats Directive

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Promote the sustainable supply and use of raw materials, including mineral resources, from land and sea, covering exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and recovery

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

 Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

 Nature-based Solutions

 Raw Materials

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:


 International cooperation

The following information was supplied about International Cooperation in SC5 Cross-cutting areas

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

EnAlgae ( brings together 19 partners and 14 observers across seven EU Member States. It aims to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources in North West Europe. Enalgae is developing sustainable technologies for algal biomass production, bioenergy and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, taking them from pilot facilities through to market-place products and services. Three of the EnAlgae pilot facilities are dedicated to looking at how macroalgae (seaweeds) might be better grown, harvested and converted into bioenergy. Queen’s University Belfast is evaluating offshore cultivation methods that will allow sustainable kelp biomass production. Its cultivation sites are in and around Strangford Lough, a protected conservation area, so a particular focus of its work is the development of cultivation processes that can be used in areas of high human activity. QUB is collecting biological, ecological, and socio-economic data to assess the suitability of various seaweed strains for large-scale cultivation. This project is funded by INTERREG IVB NWE Programme. IBIS - Integrated aquatic resource management between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland ( is a partnership between the Loughs Agency, Queen\'s University Belfast, and the University of Glasgow. IBIS is supported by the EU\'s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the SEUPB.

LIFE and COST Actions

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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


 Environmental Governance and Information

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

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