iCRAG is pleased to announce two new internal appointments. Dr Shane Tyrrell, iCRAG Co-Principal Investigator in iCRAG and Lecturer in NUI Galway's School of Natural Sciences, has been appointed as Deputy Director of iCRAG. Dr Jean O'Dwyer, iCRAG Investigator and Lecturer in UCC's School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences has been appointed as head of the iCRAG-GSI Environmental Geosciences PhD Programme.
Dr Tyrrell's research in iCRAG is focussed in the area of sedimentary provenance, in particular on the development and testing of new proxies for tracking sediment from “source to sink” and applying these techniques to solving economically relevant geological problems. Dr Tyrrell will take on the Deputy Director position from outgoing Deputy Director, Prof Chris Bean of DIAS.
Dr O'Dwyer will oversee the iCRAG-GSI Environmental Geosciences PhD Programme. The programme, comprising eight PhD projects in areas including groundwater quality, climate change and carbon capture and storage, is providing valuable insights into earth system change. Dr O'Dwyer's research focus is on modelling the fate of water contaminants.
iCRAG Director, Prof. Murray Hitzman said of the new appointments, "both Shane and Jean bring immense talent and expertise to these positions that are strategically important for iCRAG. I look forward to working with them both as iCRAG continues deliver economical and societal impact for Ireland"