Wood ash in Ireland, compositional variation and hazards – PhD Study

On January 20, 2017 Lucas Jagodzinski successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Compositional variation and hazards of wood ash in Ireland”.

Supervisors and examiners in the presence of PhD candidate Lucas Jagodzinski
Left to right; supervisors Dr Frank van Pelt, Prof John O’Halloran , Prof Marcel Jansen, PhD candidate Lucas Jagodzinski, examiners Prof Roeland Samson, Dr Fidelma Butler

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Comparative study of Lemna minuta and Lemna minor – PhD study

On November 11, 2016 Ms. Simona Paolacci successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “A comparative study of the invasive species Lemna minuta and the co-generic native Lemna minor”.

Dr Simona Paolacci with on the right Prof Klaus Appenroth and on the left Prof Marcel Jansen.
Smiles all around after the successful PhD defence. Dr. Simona Paolacci with examiner Prof. Klaus Appenroth (right) and supervisor Prof. Marcel Jansen (left).

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Congratulations: Simona Paolacci submits PhD thesis

Congratulations to Simona Paolacci who submitted her PhD thesis on October 7, 2016. Simona’s research focused on the question why some aquatic plants become highly invasive outside their natural distribution area. This is an important question as alien aquatic plants are a major threat to biodiversity and a considerable amount of money is spend on their management and control. Being able to recognise potentially invasive species before they are widely distributed in their new environment may facilitate management, and reduce management costs.Simona presents her PhD thesis Continue reading Congratulations: Simona Paolacci submits PhD thesis

Phosphates affect invasiveness of Lemna minuta

Aquatic Botany paper by Simona Paolacci

PhD student Simona Paolacci has published a paper entitled “A comparative study of the nutrient responses of the invasive duckweed Lemna minuta and the native, co-generic species Lemna minor” in the journal “Aquatic Botany” (Paolacci, S., Harrison, S. and Jansen, M.A.K, 2016. Aquatic Botany, 134, pp.47-53).

Lemna minuta (left) and Lemna minor (right)
Lemna minuta (right) and Lemna minor (left)

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Congratulations: Aoife Coffey submits PhD thesis

Congratulations to Aoife Coffey who submitted her PhD thesis to the UCC graduate school on May 4, 2016. The title of Aoife’s thesis is “UV-B radiation; a specific regulator of plant growth and development”.

Aoife Coffey proudly showing her thesis ready for submission

Aoife’s thesis work was supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and supervised by Prof. Marcel Jansen. Collaborators included Prof. Els Prinsen at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick in the Department of Chemistry at UCC, Cork.

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Aquatic Toxicology paper for Xiaolin Chen

Dr. Xiaolin Chen has a first paper on her PhD research in plant toxicology accepted for publication in the journal “Aquatic Toxicology”. The title of Xiaolin’s paper is “The toxicity of Zinc-Oxide nanoparticles to Lemna minor (L.) is predominantly caused by dissolved Zinc”.

Dr. Xiaolin Chen published a paper on plant toxicology

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Congratulations to Neil Coughlan: MSc submitted

Congratulations to Neil Coughlan who submitted his MSc thesis to the UCC graduate school on 8 January 2016. The title of his thesis is “Up, up and away: bird-mediated epizoochorous dispersal, an overlooked link between aquatic environments”.

Neil Coughlan presents his MSc thesis
Neil Coughlan presents his MSc thesis

Neil was jointly supervised by Dr. Tom Kelly and Prof. Marcel Jansen.

The central focus of Neil’s MSc work was bird-mediated, epizoochorous dispersal of aquatic plants. To ascertain whether aquatic plants entangled between bird feathers can be dispersed by birds, Neil analysed the microclimate between the feathers, and assessed the likelihood of plant survival under these conditions. Continue reading Congratulations to Neil Coughlan: MSc submitted