Project Title: Emerging organic contaminants arising in rural environments: investigations in karst and fractured bedrock aquifers
Overview: Damien is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG groundwater research spoke. Damien graduated with a BSc in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry in 2015 from the Dublin Institute of Technology, before joining iCRAG in September 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Coxon at Trinity College Dublin. Damien has advanced experience in the analysis of veterinary drug residues as a result of working at the State Laboratory’s Veterinary Toxicology Section and the Residues Section of the Food Safety Department Teagasc, prior to commencing his PhD. It is this previous work and interest in veterinary residues that led Damien on to his current PhD research which is being run through Trinity College in collaboration with Teagasc. His research primarily focuses on investigating the occurrence of veterinary residues, in particular agricultural antiparasitic agents, in groundwater, with the main focus on groundwater quality.
Programme Area: Crops, Environment and Land Use and Food Safety
Supervisors: Dr. Karl Richards, Dr. Martin Danaher, Dr. Per Erik Mellander, Prof. Catherine Coxon and Prof. Laurence Gill
Location: Teagasc Food research Centre Ashtown, Dublin
Funding Source: Teagasc and Trinity College Dublin via the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, funded by SFI, the European Regional Development Fund and iCRAG industry partners