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Dr. Jean O'Dwyer

Biography

Jean is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences. She completed a BSc in Environmental Science in 2011 and a PhD in environmental fate modelling in 2014, under the supervision of Professor Catherine Adley. Upon completion of her Doctoral Studies, Jean has undertaken post-doctorate roles on national (DAFM, IRC/GSI) and international (EU FP7) projects.

Jean has been actively researching in the area of environment and health for over 5 years, having developed valuable collaborations with both the HSE and other academic institutions. She has been a collaborator on several successful grant applications providing expertise in the area of climate and health as well as geo-statistical modelling of contaminants. In 2017, Jean was awarded a highly competitive Irish Research Council Post-doctoral fellowship to continue her research.

Jean has been an invited speaker at several national conferences, presented at over 30 national and international conferences and has published over a dozen ISI peer reviewed research papers and several book chapters in collaboration with UL, DIT and the HSE since 2014. She is a reviewer for a number of international journals and a selected member of the Public Water Forum.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

-Environmental Fate Modelling:The fate of microbiological contamination and pharmaceutical agents in the subsurface environment.

-Environment and Health: Environmental epidemiology and geo-statistical analysis of infectious disease, with a particular interest in climate change and infectious diseases.

-Antibiotic resistance: Elucidation of environmental factors affecting the proliferation of antibiotic resistance in the environment.

Teaching Interests

Guest Lecturer in:

Pollution Biology (UL)
Geo Science (UL)
Sustainability Impact Assessment (UCD)

Training provided in:

Statistical analysis for scientists (UL, GSI)
Geographical Information Systems (UL)

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2017 - Nominated as delegate onto the Management Committee (MC) of COST Action CA16114: Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy.
  • 2017 - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship- Irish Research Council
  • 2017 - Best Oral Presentation- Infectious Disease Society of Ireland
  • 2015 - Transnational Access Grant
  • 2015 - Best Education Blog
  • 2011 - Postgraduate Scholarship

Association

  • Member, Environmental Science Association of Ireland
  • Member, Society of General Microbiology
  • Selected Member, Public Water Forum

Publications

Book Chapters

2016

The impact of climate change on the incidence of infectious waterborne disease.
O'Dwyer, J; Dowling, A; Adley, C
(2016) The impact of climate change on the incidence of infectious waterborne disease.
In The Urban Water Reuse Handbook; UK : Taylor & Francis

2013

Alternatives to antibiotics: Future trends
Dowling,A; O'Dwyer, J; Adley, C
(2013) Alternatives to antibiotics: Future trends
In Microbial pathogens and strategies for combating them: science, technology and education; Spain : Formatex Research Center

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

Wood waste decomposition in landfills: An assessment of current knowledge and implications for emissions reporting
O'Dwyer, J.; Walshe, D.; Byrne, K.A.
(2018) Wood waste decomposition in landfills: An assessment of current knowledge and implications for emissions reporting
In Waste Management;

2017

A geo-statistical investigation of agricultural and infrastructural risk factors associated with primary verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) infection in the Republic of Ireland, 2008–2013
O'hAiseadha, C; Hynds, P.D; Fallon, U; O'Dwyer,J ·
(2017) A geo-statistical investigation of agricultural and infrastructural risk factors associated with primary verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) infection in the Republic of Ireland, 2008–2013
In Epidemiology And Infection;

2017

Assessment of the Bacterial Diversity of Aircraft Water: Identification of the Frequent Fliers
Handschuh, H., Ryan, M., O'Dwyer, J., Adley, C.
(2017) Assessment of the Bacterial Diversity of Aircraft Water: Identification of the Frequent Fliers
In Plos One;
[ULIR]

2017

Evaluation of levels of antibiotic resistance in groundwater derived E. coli isolates in the Midwest of Ireland and elucidation of potential predictors of resistance
O'Dwyer, J., Hynds, P., Pot, M., Adley, C., Ryan, M.
(2017) Evaluation of levels of antibiotic resistance in groundwater derived E. coli isolates in the Midwest of Ireland and elucidation of potential predictors of resistance
In Hydrogeology Journal;

2017

More than just a name: Evaluation of the complex nomenclature of the clinically and veterinary significant pathogen Salmonella
Ryan, M.P., O'Dwyer, J., Adley, C.
(2017) More than just a name: Evaluation of the complex nomenclature of the clinically and veterinary significant pathogen Salmonella
In Biomed Research International;

2016

The microbial sampling regime and quality of water in a milk production plant
Burke, N., O'Dwyer, J., Southern, M., Adley, C.
(2016) The microbial sampling regime and quality of water in a milk production plant
In Lwt-Food Science And Technology;

2016

Anthropogenic determinants and distribution of verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) infection in Ireland: a geostatistical study
O'Dwyer. J., O'hAiseadha, C., Hynds, P.
(2016) Anthropogenic determinants and distribution of verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) infection in Ireland: a geostatistical study
In Irish Medical Journal;

2016

Area estimations of cultivated organic soils in Ireland: reducing GHG reporting uncertainties
Donlan,J., O'Dwyer, J., Byrne. K.A.
(2016) Area estimations of cultivated organic soils in Ireland: reducing GHG reporting uncertainties
In Mires and Peat;
[ULIR]

2015

Lime in the limelight
Dowling, A; O'Dwyer, J; Adley, C
(2015) Lime in the limelight
In Journal Of Cleaner Production;

2015

The impact of meteorology on the occurrence of waterborne outbreaks of vero cytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC): A logistic regression approach
O'Dwyer, J; Morris Downes, M; Adley, C
(2015) The impact of meteorology on the occurrence of waterborne outbreaks of vero cytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC): A logistic regression approach
In Journal Of Water And Health;

2015

Bacteria that Travel: The Quality of Aircraft Water
Handschuh, H; O'Dwyer, J; Adley, C
(2015) Bacteria that Travel: The Quality of Aircraft Water
In International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health;

2014

Microbiological assessment of private groundwater-derived potable water supplies in the Mid-West Region of Ireland
O'Dwyer, J., Dowling, A., Adley, C.
(2014) Microbiological assessment of private groundwater-derived potable water supplies in the Mid-West Region of Ireland
In Journal Of Water And Health; pp. 310-317
DOI: 10.2166/wh.2014.178

Conference Publications

2015

European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology
O'Dwyer, J., Hynds, P, Fallon, U.
(2015) European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Stockholm, Sweden

2015

Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference
O'Dwyer, J., ÓhAiseadha, C., Hynds, P.
(2015) Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference
Nashville, Tennessee

2015

Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference
ÓhAiseadha, C., Hynds, P., O'Dwyer, J.
(2015) Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference
Nashville, Tennessee

2015

Safefood VTEC Knowledge Networks Annual Conference
ÓhAiseadha, C., Hynds, P., O'Dwyer, J., Fallon, U.
(2015) Safefood VTEC Knowledge Networks Annual Conference