Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's the 22nd of April and its Earth Day!

Why do we need Earth Day?

Because it works!  Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in Earth Day events and campaigns every year.  This year it's your turn to celebrate.

Read more about the Earth Day movement, its history :

To celebrate Earth Day we are releasing details of a new book:

Facing up to Global Warming
What is going on and how you can make a difference

Written by Professor Nick Gray, who is the Director of the Trinity Centre for the Environment and a member of the Botany team at Trinity College Dublin. The book  is  published by Springer (New York)  and is due out this summer.

To find out more about the book, look at its new website

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Funded studentship on organic contamination of groundwater

Emerging organic contaminants arising in rural environments: investigations in karst and fractured bedrock aquifers

The aim of this project is to investigate the occurrence of synthetic organic compounds arising from rural activities in Irish karst and fractured bedrock aquifers. The primary focus will be on the loss to groundwater of veterinary drugs used in Irish agriculture, particularly anti-parasitic drugs including anthelmintics, coccidiostats and pyrethroids, which represent the most widely use veterinary drugs in Irish agricultural production. The project will investigate the frequency of occurrence of different compounds and the relationship to their chemical characteristics. It will aim to determine both source factors (e.g. animal waste storage, landspreading, grazing and feeding locations) and pathway factors (e.g. characteristics of soil, Quaternary deposits and bedrock) involved in contaminant detections. 

This is a joint project between Trinity College Dublin and Teagasc through the Walsh Fellowship Scheme and it forms part of the Groundwater Spoke of the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) ( The iCRAG Centre is funded under the SFI Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund together with industry partners.

Requirements: Applicants should have a good primary degree (II1 or I) or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Earth Science, Hydrogeology etc.). Chemical analytical experience is essential and experience in chromatographic techniques and mass spectrometry would be highly advantageous. A full EU driving licence is required.

Starting date and funding: The project will start in September 2015. The funding is for a four year structured Ph.D. project, to be completed by end of August 2019. The project is open to EU students only (students who have been resident for 3 out of the last 5 years in the EU) and includes fees and a tax-free stipend of €18,000 per annum. Final appointment of the successful candidate is dependent on funding being finalised.

Further information on the position and application procedure can be obtained by emailing Prof. Catherine Coxon, Trinity Centre for the Environment, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, email: for further details.  Closing date for applications:  8th May 2015.

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