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 is based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Maryland, USA. Here Grace is investigating 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.