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BSc (2004), Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin
MSc (2007), Conservation Biology & Ecological Management, Queen’s University Belfast
PhD (2008-present), Queen’s University Belfast:
"Invasive aquatic plants in Northern Ireland"
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2066
Fax: +44 (0)28 9097 5877
Ruth was awarded a 3 year PhD studentship funded through the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) during 2008. Previously, she worked as a Forest Park Manager at Colin Glen Park in Belfast and also coordinated volunteer removal of Rhododendron ponticum in Killarney National Park for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the Republic of Ireland. Her MSc thesis focused on the population genetics of the red alga Chondrus crispus.
Ruth’s current research on Invasive aquatic plants in Northern Ireland aims to review and collate data on the distribution of invasive aquatics macrophytes, survey water bodies and river catchments (including designated SACs), determine environmental parameters influencing invasion risk and the ecophysiological thresholds of species of concern in view of putative climate change. She is supervised by Prof. Christine Maggs and Dr. Chris Harrod.
- Freshwater ecology
- Invasive species
- Climate change
- Stable Isotope Analyses
- Efficacy of the European Water Framework Directive