Dr. Catherine Dalton
Department of Geography
Mary Immaculate College
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
South Circular Road
Direct Line:+ 353 (0) 61 204931
Fax: + 353 (0) 61 313632
Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Limerick (Mary Immaculate College)
- Ph.D. University College London (1999)
- M.Sc. Environmental Science, Trinity College Dublin (1992)
- Dip. in Environmental Management, Dublin Institute of Technology (1986)
Catherine is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick She has an MSc in Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin and received a PhD from University College London in 1999 where she worked at the Environmental Change Research Centre. Her doctoral thesis was a palaeolimnological investigation of acidity in humic waters in Connemara (EU Human Capital and Mobility Fellowship Grant Reference No. ERBCHBICT-94-1059). Catherine has been a joint recipient of funding awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the ERTDI Programme 2000-2006, STRIVE Programme 2007-2013 and the Marine Institute/Geological Survey INFOMAR Programme.
Catherine is the current President of the Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) (http://www.iqua.ie/) 2014+, and Vice-Chair of the International Paleolimnology Association (http://paleolim.org/) 2013+
Also see http://www.palaeolim.ie/
Research Projects (2002-2016):
2017 Marine Insititute Award. Contribution to Workpackage 5 Metagenomics in Burrishoole Ecosystem Observatory Network 2020 (BEYOND 2020): Using next generation science and technology to inform ecosystem response to environmental change. In collaboration with DkIT/DCU/UCC. Marine Research Programme 2014-2020.
2014 – Delivering Integrated Water Management Through the Bottom-up Approach: A Critical Analysis. IRD Duhallow, Cork Co Council and Mary Immaculate College. EPA Project Number 2014-W-DS23 STRIVE Programme 2014 - 2020.
2014 – Limerick County Council. Contibution towards laboratory and analytical costs of a palaeolimnological assessment of Lough Gur.
2011 – Mary Immaculate College Studentship Award 2011 for doctoral project: Tracking environmental change using coastal sediment records. Recipient Joyce Novak.
2009 – Geological Survey of Ireland and Marine Institute INFOMAR award # INF-09-19-DAL. Using coastal paleoenvironmental records to examine past climate variation and track anthropogenic influences.
2009/10 – Mary Immaculate College Research Fellowship Award 2009-10 (salary equivalent).
2008 - EPA Doctoral Scholarship # 2008-PhD-W-d. Limno- and palaeo-ecological responses to lake water dissolved organic carbon (DOC). STRIVE Programme 2007 - 2013.
2007 - EPA Doctoral Scholarship # 2007-PHD-B-2. Palaeolimnological assessment of recent disturbance / regime shifts in sediment cores from ecotonal brackish lake systems. STRIVE Programme 2007 - 2013.
2006 - EPA Project # 2005-W-MS-40. Past, current and future interactions between pressures, chemical status and biological quality elements for lakes in two contrasting instrumented catchments in Ireland (ILLUMINATE).
2003 - EPA Doctoral Scholarship # 2002-PHD2-34. Environmental RTDI Programme 2000 – 2006 Phase 3. Irish Ecoregion Community Training-set and Ecological Restoration Targets. ERTDI Programme 2000-2006.
2002 - EPA Project # 2002-W-LS/7. IN-SIGHT: Identification of refereNce-Status for Irish lake typoloGies using palaeolimnological metHods and Techniques. ERTDI Programme 2000-2006.
International Peer Reviewed Publications (2010 +)
Dalton, C., Jennings, E., O’Dwyer, B. Taylor, D. (in press). Integrating observed, inferred and simulated data to illuminate environmental change: a limnological case study. Biology & Environment.
de Eyto, E., Dalton, C. Dillane, M., Jennings, E., McGinnity, P., O'Dwyer, B., Poole, R., Rogan, G. & Taylor, D. (in press) The response of North Atlantic diadromous fish to multiple stressors including land use change: a multidecadal study. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
Sparber, K., Dalton, C. de Eyto, E., Jennings, E., Lenihan, D. & Cassina F. (2015) Contrasting pelagic plankton in temperate Irish lakes: the relative contribution of hetero-, mixo- and autotrophic components, and the effects of extreme rainfall events. Inland Waters 5: 295-310.
Dalton, C, O’Dwyer, B, Taylor, D, de Eyto, E, Jennings, E, Chen, G, Poole, R, Dillane, M. McGinnity P. (2014). Anthropocene environmental change in an internationally important oligotrophic salmonid catchment on the Atlantic seaboard of western Europe. Anthropocene 5:9–21.
Mylotte R., Verheyen, V., Reynolds, A., Dalton, C., Patti, A.F., Chang, R., Burdon, J. & Hayes, M.H. (2014). Characterisation of Organic Materials Isolated from Estuarine Sediments. Journal of Soils and sediments 15(1):211-224.
Cassina, F., Dalton, C. & DeEyto, E. (2013). The palaeolimnology of Lough Murree, a brackish ecotonal lake in the Burren, Ireland. Biology & Environment – Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. 113: 1
Cassina, F., Dalton, C., Dillane, M. & DeEyto, E. (2013). A multi-proxy palaeolimnological study to reconstruct the evolution of a coastal brackish lake (Lough Furnace, Ireland) during the late-Holocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 383–384: 1–15.
Murnaghan, S., Taylor, D., Jennings, E., Dalton, C., Olaya-Bosch, K. & O’Dwyer, B. (2012) Middle to late Holocene environmental changes in western Ireland inferred from fluctuations in preservation of biological variables in lake sediment. Journal of Paleolimnology, 48, 433-448.
Chen, G., Dalton, C. & Taylor, D. (2010). Cladocera as indicators of trophic state in Irish Lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology 44: 465-481.
National Peer Reviewed Research Reports (2005+)
Ballinger, J., O’Doherty, T., Igoe, F., Dalton, C., O’Keeffe, B. & Riney B. (2016) Delivering Integrated Catchment Management through the bottom-up approach: A critical analysis. Full & Synthesis reports, EPA Project # 2014-W-DS-23.
Dalton, C. and OCarroll, E. (Eds.) (2014) Limerick and Shannon Estuary Region, IQUA Field Guide No. 32, Irish Quaternary Association, Dublin. ISBN: 978-0-947920-46-3
Dalton, C., Mylotte, R. Hayes, M., McCarron, S., Edwards, R. & Turner, J. (2010) Using coastal paleoenvironmental records to examine past climate variation and track anthropogenic influences. INFOMAR Project Report (Project # INF-09-19-DAL) pp. 47.
Dalton, C., Jennings, E., Taylor, D., O’Dwyer, B., Murnaghan, S., Bosch, K., de Eyto, E. & Sparber, K. 2010. ILLUMINATE Synthesis Report. Strive Report 59. EPA/ERTDI Project # 2005-W-MS-40 26 pp. ISBN: 978-1-84095-371-8. http://www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/research/water/name,30443,en.html
Dalton, C., Jennings, E., Taylor, D., O’Dwyer, B., Murnaghan, S., Bosch, K., de Eyto, E. & Sparber, K. 2010. Past, current and future Interactions between pressures, chemicaL status and bioLogical qUality eleMents for lakes IN contrAsting catchmenTs in IrEland ((ILLUMINATE). EPA/ERTDI Project # 2005-W-MS-40. Full Final Report 286 pp. http://erc.epa.ie/safer/downloadCheck.jsp?isoID=31&rID=10184&atID=2031
Dalton, C., Cullinane, S. & Allott, N. (2008). An assessment of algal biodiversity along the river Fergus cascade. EPA Small Scale Study Report (SSS # 2004-SS-30-M1), 46 pp.
Taylor, D., Dalton, C., Leira, M. & Jordan, P. (2007). Identification of reference-status for Irish lake typologies using palaeolimnological methods and Techniques (IN-SIGHT). 2002-W-LS-17 Synthesis Report 40 pp. Environment Protection Agency, pp.33. ISBN: 1:84095-211-3
Taylor, D., Dalton, C., Leira, M., Jordan, P., Irvine, K., Bennion, H., McGee, E. & León-Vintró, L. (2006) Identification of refereNce-Status for Irish lake typoloGies using palaeolimnological metHods and Techniques IN-SIGHT EPA/ERTDI Project # 2002-W-LS/7 Final Report 216 pp. School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College, University of Dublin. http://www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/research/water/name,22733,en.html
Dalton, C., Taylor, D., Leira, M., Jordan, P., Irvine, K., Bennion, H. & León-Vintró, L. (2005). IN-SIGHT EPA/ERTDI Project # 2002-W-LS- Work Package (WP) 3 (Months 21-36). Final Report 73 pp. University of Limerick (Mary Immaculate College)
Taylor, D., Leira, M., Dalton, C., Jordan, P., Irvine, K., Bennion, H. & Magee, E. (2005). IN-SIGHT EPA/ERTDI Project # 2002-W-LS- Work Package (WP) 2 (Months 7-20). Final Report 65 pp. Dept. Geography, Trinity College Dublin.
International Conference Presentations (2007+)
Dalton C. (2015) Sediment accumulation in lacustrine systems in Ireland. 13th International Paleolimnology Symposium (IPS2015) 4-8th August 2015 Lanzhou, China.
Dalton, C. (2010). Diatom preservation in coastal palaeoenvironmental records. British & Irish Diatomists Meeting 22nd - 24th October 2010, Glencree Reconciliation Centre, Co. Wicklow.
Dalton, C., Mylotte, R. & Hayes, M.H.B. (2010) Coastal palaeoenvironmental records from Galway Bay, Ireland. All at Sea? 9th-10th Spetember Loughborough, UK.
Dalton, C. (2009). Reconstruction of the recent past in a west of Ireland catchment. 11th International Palaeolimnology Symposium, 15-18th December 2009, Guadeljara, Mexico.
Dalton, C. (2009). Galway bay sediment cores. British Diatomists Meeting 23th - 25th October 2009, Freshwater Biological Association, Ferry House, Windermere, UK.
Dalton, C. (2008). Current Irish diatom research. British Diatomists Meeting 24th - 26th October 2008, Juniper Hall, Surrey UK.
Dalton, C., Cullinane, S. & Allott, N. (2007). Algal studies in three Fergus river system lakes, Co. Clare Ireland. Societal Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL) 30th Congress 12th-18h August 2007 Montreal, Canada.
Undergraduate Final Year Project (BA4707/8) 4th Year B.A.
Reconstructing Past Environments (GY4707) 4th Year B.A.
Global Environmental Change (GY4708) 4th Year B.A. & B.Ed.
Biogeography (GY4744) 2nd Year B.A. & B.Ed.
The Dynamic Earth (GY4741) 1st Year B.A.
Current Postgraduate Students:
- Happy to discuss possibilities with potential students!
Past Postgraduate Students:
- Joyce Novak (2011-2017): Title. Holocene environmental reconstruction in Galway Bay, a shallow coastal embayment along Ireland’s North-East Atlantic margin. Co-supervised with Dr. Caroline Cusack, Marine Institute. Funding Mary Immaculate College Studentship Award 2011 College Research Directorate Seed Funds and Marine Institute INFOMAR award # INF-09-19-DAL.(Examiners: Dr David Ryves (University of Loughborough), and Dr. Aaron Potito (NUIG); Viva date March 14th 2017).
- Niall Walsh (2015-2017): Title - Using lake sediment records to examine recent productivity in Lough Gur, Co. Limerick. Co-supervisor Dr. Norman Allott (TCD). Funding Mary Immaculate College Departmental Assistantship Award. Examiners: Prof. Anson Mackay (UCL) & Dr. Aaron Potito (NUIG). Examiners report 14/7/2017.
- Rosaleen Mylotte (2009-2014): Isolation and Characterisation of Organic Components in Sediments from an Estuarine Environment. Principle Supervisor Prof. Michael Hayes, University of Limerick. Viva date May 15th 2014.
- Filippo Cassina (2007-2012): Title. A late-Holocene palaeolimnological assessment of two Irish coastal lagoons. Co-supervised with Elvira de Eyto, Marine Institute. Funding body: EPA Doctoral Scholarship # 2007-PHD-B-2). (Examiners: Dr Kaarina Weckstrom (Geological Survey of Denmark), and Dr Ken Byrne (University of Limerick); Viva date July 6th 2012).
- Karin Sparber (2007-date): Working Title. Limno- and palaeo-ecological responses to lake water dissolved organic carbon (DOC). Co-supervised with Elvira de Eyto, Marine Institute. Funding body EPA (Doctoral Scholarship # 2008-PhD-W-d).
- Marzena Olas (2006-2008): Working title. Past and current interactions between pressures, chemical status and biological quality elements for lakes in two contrasting instrumented catchments in Ireland. Co-supervised with Elvira de Eyto, Marine Institute. Funding body EPA (Project # 2005-W-MS-40).
- Guangjie Chen (2003-2006): Development of an Irish Ecoregion community (diatom and cladoceran) training-set using palaeolimnological techniques to reconstruct reference conditions and determine targets for lake restoration. Funding body: EPA Doctoral Scholarship # 2002-PHD2-34. (Examiners: Dr. Catherine Duigan & Dr. Tom Harrington; Viva date 2nd October 2006).
- Shane Cullinane (2003-2012): An assessment of Algal Biodiversity in Lakes. Funding bodies: EPA SSS # 2004-SS-30-M1; MIC-CRD award; Geography Department Teaching Assistantship. Examiners: Prof. David Taylor (TCD) & Dr. Angela Hayes (MIC-UL). Examiners report 15/6/2007.
Undergraduate Dissertation Topics:
Catherine is seeking students who wish to work on the following undergraduate Final Year Project topics:
Ecological surveys; Landscape interpretation; Ecosystem studies; Human modification of the landscape; Heritage studies; Plant and animal distribution; Reconstructing change in Ireland in the Holocene
2. Aquatic Ecology
Water quality (freshwater systems); Monitoring water quality; Indicators of water quality; Aquatic pollution; Lake sediment studies; Algal ecology; Water resources
3. Environmental Issues
Air pollution and environmental change; Environmental indicators; Conservation (theory and practice); Protected areas and species; Ecosystem management; Ecosystem sustainability; Environmental Impact Assessment
- Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) (President) (2014+) http://www.iqua.ie/
- International Paleolimnological Association (Vice Chair) (2012+) http://paleolim.org/
- Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Geosciences and Geographical Sciences Committee (2014+) (Member) http://www.ria.ie/