Following initial studies in Historical Linguistics, Irene read for a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, during which she carried out research on the synthesis of novel materials. This was followed by an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the School of Chemistry at University College Cork.
She has now joined the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES) to carry out her PhD studies under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Sullivan, co-supervised by Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick of the School of Chemistry, UCC, in which she is funded by the Irish Research Council and EPA (Ireland) under GOIPG/2018/3351.
When she is not carrying out research, Irene may be found playing with dogs, riding horses, stargazing, searching for whales, watching cricket, rooting for the Cardinals (for better or worse), or furthering her understanding of the Early West Saxon language.
Irene’s main interests lie at the interface of analytical chemistry and environmental science, with particular emphasis on the use of benthic macroinvertebrates and advanced analytical techniques for the detection and quantification of trace metals and emerging contaminants in the freshwater environment. She has a general interest in research topics which cross-cut into multiple disciplines, and in making science accessible to the general public.
- Biomonitoring solutions
- Analytical chemistry
- Emerging contaminants
- Benthic macroinvertebrate communities
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge
- Interdisciplinary research
|2019||O'Callaghan, I., and T. Sullivan. "The effects of surfactants on the microbial biofilm associated with the benthic isopod Asellus aquaticus." 17th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, Thessaloniki (2019). Forthcoming.|
|2019||O'Callaghan, I.; Harrison, S. S. C.; Fitzpatrick, D. and T. Sullivan. "The benthic isopod Asellus aquaticus as a model biomonitor for metallic nanoparticle pollution in freshwater systems." SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, Helsinki (2019). Forthcoming.|
|2019||O'Callaghan, I., and T. Sullivan. "Asellus aquaticus as a potential biomonitor of trace metal pollution in freshwaters." ENVIRON 2019, Carlow (2019).|
|Ecological Society of America (ESA)||Student Member|
|Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI)||Student Member|
|Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)||Student Member|
|Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)||Associate Member|
|Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)||Student Member|
|The Crustacean Society (TCS)||Student Member|
|The Kennel Club (KC)||Affiliate Member|
|Project||Funding Body||Start/End Dates||Award|
|Macroinvertebrates as a novel biomonitor for nanoparticles in freshwater systems||Irish Research Council / Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland)||01-OCT-18 / 30-SEP-22||€96,000.00|
Phone: +353 (0)21 490 4622
Mobile: +353 (0)86 2699688
Irene O’Callaghan (PhD Student)
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES),
University College Cork,
Distillery Fields Campus,
Cork T23 TK30,