Dr Marguerite Nyhan


Dr. Marguerite Nyhan is a Lecturer (Above the Bar) in Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering at University College Cork. She is also a Visiting Scientist at Harvard University. 

Dr. Nyhan leads research within the School of Engineering, the Environmental Research Institute and MaREI. Her major interests include harnessing emerging technologies to develop intelligent urban environmental engineering solutions for climate-friendly, sustainable and healthy cities for the future. 

Marguerite first pursued her interest in urban environmental engineering during her Fulbright Scholarship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Here, she built upon her undergraduate Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCC and her PhD research at Trinity College Dublin. Following her Fulbright scholarship, she was hired as a Post-Doctoral researcher at MIT and led the Urban Environmental Research Team within MIT’s Senseable City Laboratory. She was then appointed as a Post-Doctoral researcher at Harvard University’s School of Public Health working at the intersection of urban analytics and environmental epidemiology. Later, Marguerite was recruited by the United Nations in New York. There, she led groundbreaking research on harnessing emerging technologies in humanitarian and sustainable development efforts. 

Marguerite's academic work has been featured extensively in the media, including in the Irish Times, the Guardian newspaper and NPR. She has spoken to a range of audiences globally; from lecturing at MIT and Harvard University, and giving a TED talk in Dublin to addressing the World Health Organisation in Moscow and the United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya. 


Dr. Nyhan is always interested in hearing from people who would like to pursue a Masters, a PhD or conduct Post-Doctoral research with her supervision.

Research Interests

  • Urban environmental engineering
  • Climate friendly, healthy and liveable cities of the future
  • Air quality, urban mobility and health
  • Environmental exposures and epidemiology
  • Climate change and health
  • Transportation emissions modelling
  • Urban analytics
  • Intelligent and responsive cities
  • Big data and Artificial Intelligence
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Applying emerging technologies to humanitarian efforts
  • National and international climate dialogues and policy


Peer Reviewed Journals (Selected)

  1. Nyhan, M., Grauwin, S., Britter, R., Misstear, B., McNabola, A., Laden, F., Barrett, S., Ratti, C., 2016. Exposure Track -The Impact of Mobile Device Based Mobility Patterns on Quantifying Population Exposure to Air Pollution. Environmental Science & Technology. 50(17):9671-81. (IF 7.2)
  2. Nyhan, M., Kloog, I., Britter, R., Ratti, C., Koutrakis, P., 2019. Quantifying Population Exposure to Air Pollution Using Mobility Patterns Inferred from Mobile Phone Data. Nature - Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. 29, 238-249.

Open access: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.6b02385

Project website: http://senseable.mit.edu/urban-exposures/

Article page: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41370-018-0038-9

Open access: go.nature.com/2r3cU3O

  1. Nyhan, M., Rice, M., Coull, B.A., Garshick, E., Vokonas, P., Schwartz, J., Gold, D., Koutrakis, P., 2019. Ambient Particle Radioactivity and Lung Function. Environment International. 130, 104795. (IF 8.0)
  2. Nyhan, M., Coull, B.A., Blomberg, A.J., Vieira, C.L.Z., Garshick, E., Aba, A., Vokonas, P., Gold, D., Schwartz, J., Koutrakis, P., 2018. Associations Between Ambient Particle Radioactivity and Blood Pressure: The Normative Aging Study. Journal of the American Heart Association. 7(6): e008245. (IF 5.5)

Open access: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.066

Open access: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.117.008245

  1. Nyhan, M., Misstear, B., McNabola, A. 2014. Comparison of Predicted Particulate Matter Dose and Heart Rate Variability Response in Cyclists, Pedestrians, Bus and Train Passengers. Science of the Total Environment. 468-469, 821-831. (IF 5.6)

Open access: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.08.096


See Dr. Nyhan’s website (www.margueritenyhan.com) for a full list of publications.

Orchid ID: 0000-0002-4292-8232

Teaching Activity

Dr. Nyhan delivers the following modules 

CE3009            Environmental Engineering

CE4010            Water & Wastewater Engineering  



Marguerite Nyhan

Contact Details:


Lecturer (Above the Bar) in Environmental Engineering


BE Civil & Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Ireland Fulbright Scholarship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland



Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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University College Cork, Cork