On January 20, 2017 Lucas Jagodzinski successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Compositional variation and hazards of wood ash in Ireland”.
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”.
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. Continue reading Congratulations: Simona Paolacci submits PhD thesis
PhD student Darren Reidy recorded the uncommon liverwort Riccia fluitans in a pond in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork, while collecting water samples and surveying the flora.
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).
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’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.
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”.
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 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