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MESA at IFSA 2021: Citizen Science, Pearl Mussels and Legacy Contamination!

4 Apr 2021

Three MESA-associated talks were delivered at this year's Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Freshwater Sciences Assoication (IFSA).

IFSA was hosted online on the 19th March 2021 due to travel restrictions, and consisted of two sessions of scientific talks on topics relating to Irish freshwaters.

Kieran Cowhig delivered a paper, co-authored by MESA PI Timothy Sullivan and Simon Harrison, highlighting the discovery of pearl mussels in a lake in southwest Ireland, and, for the first time, described pearl mussels living at depths of up to 9m.

Irene O'Callaghan presented a contribution, also co-authored by Tim Sullivan, discussing the prevalence of legacy pollution in Ireland and presenting an analysis of historical phosphorous flows in Irish freshwaters.

A third paper co-authored by Brendan McSorley, Tim Sullivan and Simon Harrison, was presented by Brendan McSorley, and described a novel macroinvertebrate biomonitoring protocol for use in citizen science applications to determine the water quality of streams in an accessible form.

The complete book of abstracts can be found here.


Materials & Environmental Science Applications

Grúpa Taighde d'Ábhair & Feidhmeanna Eolaíocht Chomhshaoil

School of BEES, University College Cork, Cork Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30

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