Research Profile

Grace Cott

Biography

Dr Grace Cott is an ELEVATE Postdoctoral Fellow – funded by the Irish Research Council and Marie Curie Actions. As part of the international phase of this fellowship Grace spent two years at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Maryland, USA. Here Grace investigated the degree to which Dissolved Organic Nitrogen (DON) regulates the response of wetland plants to future climatic conditions. Tidal wetlands are some of the most vulnerable and economically important ecosystems on Earth. How these systems respond to changing Nitrogen and Carbon resources is critical to future carbon sequestration. This project is supervised by Dr Marcel Jansen, School of BEES, UCC and Dr J. Patrick Megonigal, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Grace has taught on a range of undergraduate modules at the School of BEES including Introduction to Ecotoxicology, Environment and Public Health, Current Topics in Environment and Human Health, and Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Grace had also contributed to teaching and field courses for the Diploma in Field Ecology. 

Research Interests

My primary research interest is determining how coastal wetlands respond to climate change, specifically examining the effect of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on wetland plant species and investigating carbon and nitrogen cycling.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Nitrogen uptake kinetics and saltmarsh plant responses to global change'
Cott, G.M., Caplan, J.S., Mozdzer, T.J. (2018) 'Nitrogen uptake kinetics and saltmarsh plant responses to global change'. Scientific Reports, [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Deforestation in Ireland 2000 – 2012; the findings of the DEFORMAP project'
Devaney, J. L., Cott, G.M., Redmond, J. J., O’Halloran, J. (2016) 'Deforestation in Ireland 2000 – 2012; the findings of the DEFORMAP project'. Irish Forestry, 73 (1&2) [Details]
(2014)'Differences in nitrogen‐assimilating enzyme activity in halophyte species are habitat‐related'
Cott, G.M., Chapman, D.V., Jansen, M.A.K. (2014) 'Differences in nitrogen‐assimilating enzyme activity in halophyte species are habitat‐related'. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 177 (5):705-713 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Waterlogging affects the distribution of the saltmarsh plant Atriplex portulacoides (l.) Aellen'
Cott, G.M., Reidy, D.T., Chapman, D.V., Jansen, M.A.K. (2013) 'Waterlogging affects the distribution of the saltmarsh plant Atriplex portulacoides (l.) Aellen'. Flora, 208 (5) [Details]
(2013)'Salt marshes on substrate enriched in organic matter: The case of ombrogenic Atlantic salt marshes'
Cott, G.M., Chapman, D.V., Jansen, M.A.K. (2013) 'Salt marshes on substrate enriched in organic matter: The case of ombrogenic Atlantic salt marshes'. Estuaries and Coasts, 36 (3):595-609 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Saltmarshes on peat substrate: Where blanket bogs encounter the marine environment'
Cott, G.M., Jansen, M.A.K., Chapman, D.V. (2012) 'Saltmarshes on peat substrate: Where blanket bogs encounter the marine environment'. Journal of Coastal Research, 28 (3):700-706 [Details]
(2011)'Saltmarshes on peat substrate on the southwest coast of Ireland: edaphic parameters and plant species distribution Geo-Eco-Marina'
Cott, G.M., Reidy, D.T., Chapman, D.V., Jansen, M.A.K. (2011) 'Saltmarshes on peat substrate on the southwest coast of Ireland: edaphic parameters and plant species distribution Geo-Eco-Marina'. 17 :177-185 [Details]
(2007)'Corophium multisetosum and Allomelita pellucida, two little-known amphipod crustaceans from the River Lee in Co Cork'
Cott, G., Myers, A., Kelly, T. and Chapman, D.V.; (2007) 'Corophium multisetosum and Allomelita pellucida, two little-known amphipod crustaceans from the River Lee in Co Cork'. The Irish Naturalists' Journal, 28 (11):469-469 [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2017)21st Century Deforestation in Ireland. Research Report.
Devaney, J. L, Redmond, Cott, G.M, Barrett, B, J. J., O’Halloran (2017) 21st Century Deforestation in Ireland. Research Report. Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland. [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)Global Change Research Symposium,
Cott, G.M, Jansen, M.A.K., Megonigal, J.P. (2018) Organic nitrogen cycling at the Global Change Research Wetland – what is going on?. [Oral Presentation], Global Change Research Symposium, Villanova University . [Details]
(2016)Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting,
Cott, G.M, Jansen, M.A.K., Megonigal, J.P. (2016) Investigating the effects of elevated CO2 conditions on inorganic nitrogen uptake in three wetland plant species. [Oral Presentation], Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Corpus Christi, TX . [Details]
(2016)Global Change Research Symposium,
Cott, G.M, Jansen, M.A.K, Megonigal, J.P (2016) Effects of elevated CO2 conditions on nitrogen uptake kinetics in wetland plant species. [Oral Presentation], Global Change Research Symposium, Bryn Mawr College, PA . [Details]
(2015)Global Change Research Symposium,
Cott, G.M, Jansen, M.A.K, Megonigal, J.P (2015) An investigation into the degree to which Dissolved Organic Nitrogen (DON) regulates the response of saltmarsh plants to future climatic conditions. [Oral Presentation], Global Change Research Symposium, Bryn Mawr College, PA . [Details]
(2015)Ecoloigcal Society of America Annual Meeting,
Cott, G.C., Chapman, D. and Jansen, M.A.K. (2015) Differences in nitrogen-assimilating enzyme activity in halophyte species are habitat related. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Ecoloigcal Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD . [Details]
(2012)Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands,
Cott, G.C., Chapman, D. and Jansen, M.A.K. (2012) An ecological characterisation of saltmarshes on peat substrate on the southwest coast of Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands, Ede, Netherlands . [Details]
(2011)Environ 2011, 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium,
Cott, G.M., Reidy, D.T., Chapman, D.V., Jansen, M.A.K. (2011) Saltmarshes on peat substrate on the southwest coast of Ireland: edaphic parameters and Halimione portulacoides distribution. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Environ 2011, 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, University College Cork , 06-APR-11 - 08-APR-11. [Details]
(2010)GeoEcoMar Symposium 2010: Rivers - Deltas - Seas,
Cott, G.M., Chapman, D.V., Jansen, M.J. (2010) Saltmarshes on peat substrates in Southwest Ireland: environmental parameters and plant adaptations. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], GeoEcoMar Symposium 2010: Rivers - Deltas - Seas, Romanian Academy of Science, Bucharest , 21-OCT-10 - 22-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)Environ 2010, 20th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium,
Cott, G.M., Chapman, D.V., Jansen, M.J.; (2010) A comparison of different saltmarsh types in Ireland in relation to environmental parameters and plant adaptations. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Environ 2010, 20th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Limerick Institute of Technology , 17-FEB-10 - 19-FEB-10. [Details]
(2009)Environ 09, 19th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium,
Cott, G.C., Chapman, D. and Jansen, M.J. ; (2009) Saltmarshes on peat substrate in southwest Ireland; environmental parameters and plant adaptations. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Environ 09, 19th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Waterford Institute of Technology , 18-FEB-09 - 27-FEB-09. [Details]
(2008)British Ecological Society Annual Meeting,
Cott, G., Chapman, D. and Jansen, M.; (2008) An ecophysiological study of fringe saltmarshes on the southwest coast of Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Imperial College London , 03-SEP-08 - 05-SEP-08. [Details]

Outreach Activities

 Description

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH I have designed, coordinated and taught a structured Transition Year Work Experience Programme at the the School of BEES, 2012-2014. This programme aims to deliver a comprehensive experience of working in the area of Zoology, Ecology, Geology, Plant Science and Environmental Science through a series of lectures, practicals and discussion groups. Not only does the programme provide an insight into working in these subject areas but it is also designed to help manage and guide the student’s expectations of third level.

Other Activities

 Description

PUBLIC SEMINAR

Contributor to the National Forum for Teaching and Learning Seminar Series, 16th April, 2014.

The aim of this seminar entitled 'Transition to learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ was to give an account of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences Transition Year Work Experience Programme and to highlight its achievement in enhancing the transition from second level to third level. The seminar facilitated the sharing of this practice with other institutions whilst raising awareness of the programme for career guidance teachers and students.

Contact details

  • Grace Cott
    Research Assistant DR
  • gcott@ucc.ie
  • School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
    University College Cork
    Cork
  • +353-21-490-4554

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