Research Profile

Jean O'Dwyer

Biography

Jean has a BSc in Environmental Science (2011) and a PhD in Environmental Health Science (2014) from the University of Limerick. Prior to joining UCC as a Lecturer in Environmental Science, Jean was an awarded IRC postdoctoral fellow and worked on several national (DAFM, Enterprise Ireland) and international (EU-FP7) research projects. She has been a collaborator and PI on several successful grant applications, providing expertise in the area of environment and health, as well as geo-statistical modelling of contaminants. Jean has been an invited speaker at several national and international events, presented at over 30 conferences and has published over 15 ISI peer reviewed research papers and several book chapters in collaboration with UL, DIT, UCD and the HSE since 2014. She is a reviewer for a number of international journals, a selected member of the Public Water Forum and an appointed Climate Ambassador.

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 the impact of climate change on the proliferation waterborne infectious diseases. 

-Antibiotic resistance:  Elucidation of environmental factors affecting the proliferation of antibiotic resistance bacteria, and the distribution of pharmaceutical residues in the environment.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Risks, Awareness, Perceptions, and Behaviours pertaining to the adverse human health effects of previous and future flood events in Ireland (CO-PI)Irish Research Council09-JAN-1709-JAN-19€100,000.00
Spatiotemporal multiscale Modelling of Antibiotic ResisTance in the Irish sub-surface Environment (SMARTIE) (PI)Other: Not Listed03-SEP-1802-SEP-22€143,000.00
Transnational Access Grant for Visiting Researchers (PI)European Framework Programme Seven (FP7)01-SEP-15€1,200.00
Contaminant Modelling in Complex Hydrogeological Systems (PI)Irish Research Council01-OCT-1731-JAN-18€45,000.00
Groundwater Risk App for Local Evaluations (GRappLE) (PI)Other: Not Listed01-NOV-1731-OCT-18€25,000.00

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Luisa AndradeSMARTIEPostgraduate ResearcherOther: Not Listed

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'Antibiotics: Mode of action and mechanisms of resistance'
Dowling, A. M., O’Dwyer, J., Adley, C. (2017) 'Antibiotics: Mode of action and mechanisms of resistance' In: Antimicrobial Research: Novel bioknowledge and educational programs. New York: Formatex Research Centre. [Details]
(2016)'The impact of climate change on the incidence of infectious waterborne disease'
O’Dwyer, J., Dowling, A.M., Adley, C. (2016) 'The impact of climate change on the incidence of infectious waterborne disease' In: The Urban Water Reuse Handbook. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. [Details]
(2013)'Alternatives to antibiotics-future trends'
Dowling, A. M., 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 Centre. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Development of a hierarchical model for predicting microbiological contamination of private groundwater supplies in a geologically heterogeneous region'
O'Dwyer J;Hynds PD;Byrne KA;Ryan MP;Adley CC; (2018) 'Development of a hierarchical model for predicting microbiological contamination of private groundwater supplies in a geologically heterogeneous region'. Environmental Pollution, 237 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Surface water flooding, groundwater contamination, and enteric disease in developed countries: A scoping review of connections and consequences'
Andrade L;O'Dwyer J;O'Neill E;Hynds P; (2018) 'Surface water flooding, groundwater contamination, and enteric disease in developed countries: A scoping review of connections and consequences'. Environmental Pollution, 236 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Wood waste decomposition in landfills: An assessment of current knowledge and implications for emissions reporting'
O'Dwyer J;Walshe D;Byrne KA; (2018) 'Wood waste decomposition in landfills: An assessment of current knowledge and implications for emissions reporting'. Waste Management (New York, N.Y.), 73 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'An analysis of the microbial quality of water in a milk production plant'
Burke, N;O'Dwyer, J;Southern, M;Adley, CC (2017) 'An analysis of the microbial quality of water in a milk production plant'. Food Science And Technology-Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft & Technologie, 78 :41-46 [DOI] [Details]
(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, CC;Ryan, MP (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'. Hydrogeology Journal, 25 :939-951 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'A geostatistical investigation of agricultural and infrastructural risk factors associated with primary verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) infection in the Republic of Ireland, 2008-2013'
Óhaiseadha C;Hynds PD;Fallon UB;O'Dwyer J; (2017) 'A geostatistical investigation of agricultural and infrastructural risk factors associated with primary verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) infection in the Republic of Ireland, 2008-2013'. Epidemiology And Infection, 145 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Environmental management of tea production using joint of life cycle assessment and data envelopment analysis approaches'
Kouchaki-Penchah, H;Nabavi-Pelesaraei, A;O'Dwyer, J;Sharifi, M (2017) 'Environmental management of tea production using joint of life cycle assessment and data envelopment analysis approaches'. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 36 :1116-1122 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Assessment of the Bacterial Diversity of Aircraft Water: Identification of the Frequent Fliers'
Handschuh H;Ryan MP;O'Dwyer J;Adley CC; (2017) 'Assessment of the Bacterial Diversity of Aircraft Water: Identification of the Frequent Fliers'. Plos One, 12 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Area estimations of cultivated organic soils in Ireland: reducing GHG reporting uncertainties'
Donlan, J;O'Dwyer, J;Byrne, KA (2016) 'Area estimations of cultivated organic soils in Ireland: reducing GHG reporting uncertainties'. Mires And Peat, 18 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Anthropogenic Determinants and Distribution of Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) Infection in Ireland: A Geostatistical Study'
OhAiseadha, C., O'Dwyer, J., Hynds, P., Johnson, H., & Fallon, U. (2016) 'Anthropogenic Determinants and Distribution of Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) Infection in Ireland: A Geostatistical Study'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, (185):534-535 [Details]
(2016)'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 CC; (2016) 'The impact of meteorology on the occurrence of waterborne outbreaks of vero cytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC): a logistic regression approach'. Journal of Water and Health, 14 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Lime in the limelight'
Dowling, A., O'Dwyer, J., Adley, C. C. (2015) 'Lime in the limelight'. Journal Of Cleaner Production, 92 :13-22 [Details]
(2015)'Bacteria that Travel: The Quality of Aircraft Water'
Handschuh H;O'Dwyer J;Adley CC; (2015) 'Bacteria that Travel: The Quality of Aircraft Water'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 (11) [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Microbiological assessment of private groundwater-derived potable water supplies in the Mid-West Region of Ireland'
O'Dwyer J;Dowling A;Adley CC; (2014) 'Microbiological assessment of private groundwater-derived potable water supplies in the Mid-West Region of Ireland'. Journal of Water and Health, 12 (2) [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2017Best Oral Presentation Health Research Institute
2017Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council
2017Best Oral Presentation Infectious Disease Society of Ireland
2015Best Education Blog Bloggies

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Cost Action ReSToRE Management Committee01-JAN-17 /
European Geoscience Union Member01-NOV-17 /
Environmental Science Association of Ireland Member01-SEP-11 /
Infectious Disease Society of Ireland Member01-JUN-16 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2018UL Graduate CertificateTeaching & Learning
2011UL Bachelor of ScienceEnvironmental Science
2014UL PhDEnvironmental Science

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Environmental Management Referee-
Environmental Pollution Referee-
Waste Management Referee-
Epidemiology And Infection Referee-
International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health Referee-
Hydrogeology Journal Referee-
Environmental Research Referee-
Ecological Engineering Referee-
Journal Of Water And Health Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

Climate Ambassador  for An Taisce

Teaching Activities

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2019Practical Environmental Science EV2001Practical Environmental Science
2019Environmental Science Research Project EV4001Environmental Science Research Project
2019Sustainable use of Freshwater EV3013Sustainable use of Freshwater
2019Environmental Risk Assessment and Auditing EV4013Environmental Risk Assessment and Auditing
2019The Environment and Human Health EV2002The Environment and Human Health
2019Environmental Science in the Field EV3014Environmental Science in the Field

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Dr. Tim Sullivan Environmental ScienceIRELAND
Dr. John Weatherill GeologyIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr. Eoin O'Neill University College DublinIRELAND
Dr. Diana Tuomasjukka European Forest InstituteFINLAND
Dr. Michael Ryan University of LimerickIRELAND
Dr. Coilin O'hAiseadha Health Protection Surveillance CentreIRELAND
Professor Catherine Adley University of LimerickIRELAND
Dr. Paul Hynds Dublin Institute of TechnologyIRELAND
Dr. Ken Byrne University of LimerickIRELAND

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