Team

Dara Stanley, University College Dublin

Project co-ordinator, Task 1,5 & 6 Leader

Dara is an ecologist interested in insects and the ecosystem services they provide to agriculture, and how we can sustainably manage these systems.
She is co-ordinator of the PROTECTS project, and also leads Tasks 1, 5 & 6.



Email: dara.stanley@ucd.ie
Twitter: @DaraStanley


Blánaid White, Dublin City University

Task 2 Leader

Blánaid leads Task 2: Developing tools for pesticide detection and toxicity testing in soils and flowers. This Task will develop a suite of analytical tools to evaluate and characterize pesticide residue profiles and impacts in soil sites, examining both soils and components of associated floral resources.

Email: blanaid.white@dcu.ie
Twitter: @BlanaidWhiteDCU


Jim Carolan, Maynooth University

Task 3 Leader

Jim is a molecular biologist/entomologist and leads Task 3: Assessing hazards of pesticide use in Ireland for pollinators. This task will investigate the effects of non-insecticide pesticides on overall bee health (involving molecular and immunological assessment), individual bee behaviour and colony productivity. 

Email: james.carolan@mu.ie
Twitter: @JimCarolanMU
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Crawliomics/


Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin

Task 4 Leader

Jane is supervising PhD students in Tasks 2 and 3, and leads Task 4: Developing soil risk assessment scenarios and recommendations for a soil monitoring programme.




Email: jane.stout@tcd.ie
Twitter: @JaneCStout


Matt Saunders, Trinity College Dublin

Task 4 Leader

Matt’s involvement in the Protects project will focus on the development of statistical models to correlate climate, land use and soil physio-chemical properties with pesticide exposure levels to develop soil risk assessment scenarios and recommendations for a national soil monitoring programme.


Email: saundem@tcd.ie


Karl Richards, Teagasc

Task 4







Email: Karl.Richards@teagasc.ie


Michael Kitching, Dublin City University

Task 2 Postdoc

Dr. Kitching is currently developing an electrochemical DNA based sensor to determine the overall genotoxicity of pesticide contaminated soil.





Email: michael.kitching@dcu.ie


Mathavan Vickneswaran, Dublin City University

Task 2 PhD student

Mathavan is developing a suit of analytical tools to characterize soil bound pesticide residues and determine their impact on pollinator species as part of Task 2.

Supervisor: Blánaid White , co-supervisor: Jim Carolan

Email: mathavan.vickneswaran2@mail.dcu.ie
Twitter: @Mathavan_DCU


Elena Zioga, Trinity College Dublin

Task 2 PhD student

Elena is evaluating the potential for pesticide contamination of floral resources as a result of translocation from soil as part of Task 2.

Supervisor: Jane Stout, co-supervisor: Blánaid White

Email: ziogae@tcd.ie
Twitter: @ZioElena


Linzi Jay Thompson, University College Dublin

Task 3 PhD student

Linzi is researching the impact of fungicides and herbicides on bumblebee behavior and colony persistence as part of Task 3.

Supervisor: Dara Stanley, co-supervisor: Jane Stout




Email: linzi.thompson@ucdconnect.ie
Twitter: @BombusThompson


Merissa Cullen, Maynooth University

Task 3 PhD student



Merissa is researching the effects of fungicides and herbicides on bee health as part of Task 3.


Supervisor: Jim Carolan, co-supervisor: Dara Stanley

Email: merissa.cullen.2015@mumail.ie
Twitter: @Meriscu




Alina Premrov, Trinity College Dublin

Task 4 Postdoc

Alina is a postdoctoral researcher involved in developing soil risk assessment scenarios and recommendations for a soil monitoring programme as part of Task 4.



Email: apremrov@tcd.ie
Twitter:  @APremrov







Past Team Members

Aoife Delaney, University College Dublin

Task 1 Post Doc

Aoife contributed toward investigating the effects of pesticide use on pollination and soil processes as part of Task 1.