Dr Róisín Nash

Lecturer and Researcher in Aquatic Ecology
+353 (0)91 742593

I graduated from NUI Galway with a PhD in Zoology (Marine Biology) and a BSc (Hons) in Marine Science. Subsequent postdocs as an intertidal surveyor, algal curator and project manager for SeaweedAfrica were based at the Botany Department in NUI, Galway. I moved to the private sector in 2006 as a consultant marine ecologist and subsequently became a Managing Director of a marine and freshwater consultancy (EcoServe Ltd.) in Dublin and senior ecologist at BEC Consultants. During this time I worked on several EU funded projects including MarBEF, PESI, and ComEnvir before returning to academia in 2013.

I am particularly interested in benthic community ecology within both soft sediment and reefs.  This includes defining communities within habitats and subsequently the exploration of potential anthropogenic impacts, including microplastics, on both the fauna and flora and their environs.

Projects

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This project consists of a literature review of the impacts of microplastics in the marine environment and on the proposal of mitigation and/or reduction policy recommendations to address this global environmental issue. 
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The TUNASIA-project focuses on the modernization and development of curricula for the qualification of students in a transdisciplinary education system in a network with companies, research institutions and stakeholders in Vietnam and Thailand.
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This project is investigating the potential of Nephrops norvegicus as a flagship species for plastic pollution in the deep sea.
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MicroplastiX (JPI-Oceans) aims to overcome knowledge gaps concerning microplastic weathering, degradation and fragmentation processes.
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This collaborative research project, funded by the EPA, is informing the development and implementation of policy by improving understanding of microplastic (MP) sources, pathways and environmental fate in freshwater systems in Ireland and making recommendations for monitoring of MPs.
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The IMP.act project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND fellowship funded by the Irish Research Council, aiming at developing a long-term management plan for microplastic pollution in Galway Bay and its environs.
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This project is addressing some of the knowledge gaps on microplastics in benthic fauna and sediments in Galway Bay.
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The Tipping Points project (2015-2019) developped novel statistical methods for detecting and forecasting ecosystem change.