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Dr. Ronan Courtney

Biography

Research Interests:

Characterization and rehabilitation of industrial residue sites and mine tailings

Development of an ecosystem health and function indices for application to restored
industrial and mine waste sites and land use type

Assessment of engineered soils for application to waste facilities

Use of constructed wetlands for treatment of alkaline waste waters

Waste management and reuse for land application

Research Interests

Research Interests:

Characterization and rehabilitation of industrial residue sites and mine tailings

Development of an ecosystem health and function indices for application to restored
industrial and mine waste sites and land use type

Assessment of engineered soils for application to waste facilities

Use of constructed wetlands for treatment of alkaline waste waters

Waste management and reuse for land application

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

Sustained Bauxite Residue Rehabilitation with Gypsum and Organic Matter 16 years after Initial Treatment
Bray, AW,Stewart, DI,Courtney, R,Rout, SP,Humphreys, PN,Mayes, WM,Burke, IT
(2018) Sustained Bauxite Residue Rehabilitation with Gypsum and Organic Matter 16 years after Initial Treatment
In Environmental science & technology; pp. 152-161
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03568

2018

Enhancement of bauxite residue as a low-cost adsorbent for phosphorus in aqueous solution, using seawater and gypsum treatments
Cusack, PB,Healy, MG,Ryan, PC,Burke, IT,O'Donoghue, LMT,Ujaczki, E,Courtney, R
(2018) Enhancement of bauxite residue as a low-cost adsorbent for phosphorus in aqueous solution, using seawater and gypsum treatments
In Journal Of Cleaner Production; pp. 217-224
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.01.092

2018

Plant assays and avoidance tests with collembola and earthworms demonstrate rehabilitation success in bauxite residue
Finngean, G,O'Grady, A,Courtney, R
(2018) Plant assays and avoidance tests with collembola and earthworms demonstrate rehabilitation success in bauxite residue
In Environmental Science And Pollution Research; pp. 2157-2166
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-017-0632-8

2017

Effectiveness of a constructed wetland for treating alkaline bauxite residue leachate: a 1-year field study
Higgins, D,Curtin, T,Courtney, R
(2017) Effectiveness of a constructed wetland for treating alkaline bauxite residue leachate: a 1-year field study
In Environmental Science And Pollution Research; pp. 8516-8524
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-017-8544-1

2016

The potential for constructed wetlands to treat alkaline bauxite residue leachate: laboratory investigations
Buckley, R,Curtin, T,Courtney, R
(2016) The potential for constructed wetlands to treat alkaline bauxite residue leachate: laboratory investigations
In Environmental Science And Pollution Research; pp. 14115-14122
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-6582-8

2016

The Potential for Waste-Derived Materials to Form Soil Covers for the Restoration of Mine Tailings in Ireland
Smart, D,Callery, S,Courtney, R
(2016) The Potential for Waste-Derived Materials to Form Soil Covers for the Restoration of Mine Tailings in Ireland
In Land Degradation & Development; pp. 542-549
DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2465

2016

Designer ecosystems: A solution for the conservation-exploitation dilemma
Awasthi, A,Singh, K,O'Grady, A,Courtney, R,Kalra, A,Singh, RP,Cerda, A,Steinberger, Y,Patra, DD
(2016) Designer ecosystems: A solution for the conservation-exploitation dilemma
In Ecological Engineering; pp. 73-75
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.05.010

2016

The potential for constructed wetlands to treat alkaline bauxite-residue leachate: Phragmites australis growth
Higgins, D,Curtin, T,Pawlett, M,Courtney, R
(2016) The potential for constructed wetlands to treat alkaline bauxite-residue leachate: Phragmites australis growth
In Environmental Science And Pollution Research; pp. 24305-24315
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-7702-1

2015

Assessing metal transfer to vegetation and grazers on reclaimed pyritic Zn and Pb tailings
Callery, S,Courtney, R
(2015) Assessing metal transfer to vegetation and grazers on reclaimed pyritic Zn and Pb tailings
In Environmental Science And Pollution Research; pp. 19764-19772
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5149-4

2014

An ecological assessment of rehabilitated bauxite residue
Courtney, R,Feeney, E,O'Grady, A
(2014) An ecological assessment of rehabilitated bauxite residue
In Ecological Engineering; pp. 373-379
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.09.064

2014

Microbial Community Composition in a Rehabilitated Bauxite Residue Disposal Area: A Case Study for Improving Microbial Community Composition
Courtney, R,Harris, JA,Pawlett, M
(2014) Microbial Community Composition in a Rehabilitated Bauxite Residue Disposal Area: A Case Study for Improving Microbial Community Composition
In Restoration Ecology; pp. 798-805
DOI: 10.1111/rec.12143

2013

Mine tailings composition in a historic site: implications for ecological restoration
Courtney, R
(2013) Mine tailings composition in a historic site: implications for ecological restoration
In Environmental Geochemistry And Health; pp. 79-88
DOI: 10.1007/s10653-012-9465-z

2013

Indicators of soil formation in restored bauxite residues
Courtney, R,Harrington, T,Byrne, KA
(2013) Indicators of soil formation in restored bauxite residues
In Ecological Engineering; pp. 63-68
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.06.022

2013

Bacterial communities established in bauxite residues with different restoration histories.
Schmalenberger A, O'Sullivan O, Gahan J, Cotter PD, Courtney R
(2013) Bacterial communities established in bauxite residues with different restoration histories.
In Environmental science & technology; pp. 7110-7119
DOI: 10.1021/es401124w

2013

The seed bank in soil from the nests of grassland ants in a unique limestone grassland community in Ireland
O'Grady, A,Breen, J,Harrington, TJ,Courtney, R
(2013) The seed bank in soil from the nests of grassland ants in a unique limestone grassland community in Ireland
In Ecological Engineering; pp. 58-64
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.09.011

2012

GROWTH AND NUTRITION OF HOLCUS LANATUS IN BAUXITE RESIDUE AMENDED WITH COMBINATIONS OF SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AND GYPSUM
Courtney, R,Harrington, T
(2012) GROWTH AND NUTRITION OF HOLCUS LANATUS IN BAUXITE RESIDUE AMENDED WITH COMBINATIONS OF SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AND GYPSUM
In Land Degradation & Development; pp. 144-149
DOI: 10.1002/ldr.1062

2012

Gypsum amendment of alkaline bauxite residue - Plant available aluminium and implications for grassland restoration
Courtney, R,Kirwan, L
(2012) Gypsum amendment of alkaline bauxite residue - Plant available aluminium and implications for grassland restoration
In Ecological Engineering; pp. 279-282
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2012.02.025

2011

Nematode Assemblages in Bauxite Residue with Different Restoration Histories
Courtney, R; Keith, AM; Harrington, T
(2011) Nematode Assemblages in Bauxite Residue with Different Restoration Histories
In Restoration Ecology; pp. 758-764
DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2010.00734.x

2010

Macro-arthropod succession in grassland growing on bauxite residue
Courtney, R; O'Neill, N; Harrington, T; Breen, J
(2010) Macro-arthropod succession in grassland growing on bauxite residue
In Ecological Engineering; pp. 1666-1671
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2010.07.006

2010

Assessment of plant-available phosphorus in a fine textured sodic substrate
Courtney, R; Harrington, T
(2010) Assessment of plant-available phosphorus in a fine textured sodic substrate
In Ecological Engineering; pp. 542-547
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2009.12.001

2009

PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHANGES IN BAUXITE RESIDUE FOLLOWING APPLICATION OF SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AND GYPSUM
Courtney, RG; Jordan, SN; Harrington, T
(2009) PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHANGES IN BAUXITE RESIDUE FOLLOWING APPLICATION OF SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AND GYPSUM
In Land Degradation & Development; pp. 572-581
DOI: 10.1002/ldr.926

2009

METAL UPTAKE IN LOLIUM PERENNE ESTABLISHED ON SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AMENDED LEAD-ZINC TAILINGS
Jordan, SN; Mullen, GJ; Courtney, RG
(2009) METAL UPTAKE IN LOLIUM PERENNE ESTABLISHED ON SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AMENDED LEAD-ZINC TAILINGS
In Land Degradation & Development; pp. 277-282
DOI: 10.1002/ldr.909

2009

Use of Germination and Seedling Performance Bioassays for Assessing Revegetation Strategies on Bauxite Residue
Courtney, R; Mullen, G
(2009) Use of Germination and Seedling Performance Bioassays for Assessing Revegetation Strategies on Bauxite Residue
In Water Air And Soil Pollution; pp. 15-22
DOI: 10.1007/s11270-008-9787-8

2009

An Evaluation of Revegetation Success on Bauxite Residue
Courtney, R; Mullen, G; Harrington, T
(2009) An Evaluation of Revegetation Success on Bauxite Residue
In Restoration Ecology; pp. 350-358
DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2008.00375.x

2008

Evaluation of mehlich 3 for extraction of copper and zinc from irish grassland soils and for prediction of herbage content
Brennan, D; Coulter, B; Mullen, G; Courtney, R
(2008) Evaluation of mehlich 3 for extraction of copper and zinc from irish grassland soils and for prediction of herbage content
In Communications In Soil Science And Plant Analysis; pp. 1943-1962
DOI: 10.1080/00103620802134743

2008

Application of high copper and zinc compost and its effects on soil properties and growth of barley
Courtney, R; Mullen, G
(2008) Application of high copper and zinc compost and its effects on soil properties and growth of barley
In Communications In Soil Science And Plant Analysis; pp. 82-95
DOI: 10.1080/00103620701759004

2008

Utilization of spent mushroom compost for the revegetation of lead-zinc tailings: Effects on physico-chemical properties of tailings and growth of Lolium perenne
Jordan, SN; Mullen, GJ; Courtney, RG
(2008) Utilization of spent mushroom compost for the revegetation of lead-zinc tailings: Effects on physico-chemical properties of tailings and growth of Lolium perenne
In Bioresource Technology; pp. 8125-8129
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2008.03.054

2008

Soil quality and barley growth as influenced by the land application of two compost types
Courtney, RG; Mullen, GJ
(2008) Soil quality and barley growth as influenced by the land application of two compost types
In Bioresource Technology; pp. 2913-2918
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2007.06.034

2005

Reclamation of fine fraction bauxite processing residue (red mud) amended with coarse fraction residue and gypsum
Courtney, RG; Timpson, JP
(2005) Reclamation of fine fraction bauxite processing residue (red mud) amended with coarse fraction residue and gypsum
In Water Air And Soil Pollution; pp. 91-102
DOI: 10.1007/s11270-005-2251-0

2004

Nutrient status of vegetation grown in alkaline bauxite processing residue amended with gypsum and thermally dried sewage sludge - A two year field study
Courtney, RG; Timpson, JP
(2004) Nutrient status of vegetation grown in alkaline bauxite processing residue amended with gypsum and thermally dried sewage sludge - A two year field study
In Plant And Soil; pp. 187-194

2003

Growth of Trifolium pratense in Red Mud amended with process sand, Gypsum and thermally dried sewage sludge
Courtney R., Timpson J.P., Grennan E.
(2003) Growth of Trifolium pratense in Red Mud amended with process sand, Gypsum and thermally dried sewage sludge
In International Journal Of Surface Mining, Reclamation And Environment; pp. 227-233
DOI: 10.1076/ijsm.17.4.227.17481

Conference Publications

2013

ICSOBA, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Courtney, R., Curtin, T., Fleming, L. and Buckley, R.
(2013) ICSOBA, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2012

22nd Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium
Feeney, E. O' Grady, A. Courtney, R.
(2012) 22nd Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium

2011

International Seminar On Bauxite Residue (Red Mud), Goa, India
Courtney, R. and Harrington, T.
(2011) International Seminar On Bauxite Residue (Red Mud), Goa, India

2010

European Society for Ecological Restoration, Avignon, France
Courtney, R. and Harrington, T.
(2010) European Society for Ecological Restoration, Avignon, France

2009

19th Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium
Jordan, S.N., Mullen, G.J. and Courtney, R.
(2009) 19th Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium

2009

Annual Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore
Jordan, S.N., Mullen, G.J. and Courtney, R.
(2009) Annual Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore

2006

9th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings
Courtney, R.
(2006) 9th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings

2005

Agricultural Research Forum, Annual Meeting
o Courtney, R. and Mullen, G.
(2005) Agricultural Research Forum, Annual Meeting

2002

11th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium
Courtney, R. and Timpson, J.
(2002) 11th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium