Dr Eugene Farrell

Ph.D

Contact Details

Lecturer Below The Bar
Geography
School of Geography &
Archaeology
NUI Galway

E: EUGENE.FARRELL@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography


Eugene completed a BSc at University College Cork in Earth Science (1991-1995) and a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Geography at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. Following these he worked in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  for four years (1998-2002) in Los Angeles mapping natural and environmental hazards. He moved to Italy in 2003 to  work at the Università degli Studi di Firenze on research and management projects focused along the Tuscany coastline. He completed a Phd in Geography at Texas A&M University, USA (2006-2012). During this time period he was an National Science Foundation (NSF) fellow and visiting scholar at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.  In January 2012 he obtained a Postdoctoral Associate position at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (USA). Eugene joined the Discipline of Geography at NUIG in August 2012.  
 

CURRENT POSITIONS
Lecturer, Discipline of Geography, National University Ireland Galway
Director, MSc Programme 'Coastal and Marine Environments: Physical Processes, Policy and Practice'
President, Irish Geomorphology Group

Research Interests

Please visit Eugene's Coastal Dynamics Research Group.

The research programmes I currently pursue focus on five major themes

1. Storm surge and coastal flooding

2. The response and recovery of beach-dune systems to short-term (storms) & long term pressures (climate change) & adaptation management strategies 

3. Aeolian processes & landforms

4. Source-To-Sink: linking catchment dynamics with coastal and marine environments

5. Geomorphology: public outreach, education and civic engagement. 

My research background is in physical geography, with a focus on process geomorphology in coastal beach and dune environments. My research projects usually rely on the design and implementation of instrumented field experiments to measure the spatial and temporal variability of geomorphic processes e.g. sand transport by wind or waves; sediment exchange between beach-dune systems; impact of large perturbations (e.g. storm surge) on system equilibra. As we increasingly stress our coastlines and watersheds we continue to ask ourselves if Humans can co-exist with natural landforms? The answer has to be Yes, but in the knowledge that these ’natural systems’ wont be fully natural; they will be impacted by human action; and they will be hosting a myriad of interests that are often conflicting. A driving motivation of my research is the conviction that informed decision making must be based upon empirical data as we try to predict how these natural systems will respond to short- and long-term change.


Field Project Experience
- Comparison of remote sensing techniques for beach-dune system monitoring (Hakai Institute, Calvert Island, BC Canada)
- Post-storm recovery of beach-dune systems (multiple sites in Ireland)
- Controls on the behaviour of sand avalanches on the lee side of barchan dunes: a field and numerical modeling study (Jericoacoara, Brazil)  
- Evaluating the geomorphological and sedimentological effects of a beach nourishment using dredged material for restoring bayside sediment processes, (Sailors Haven Marina, New York, USA)
- Hydrodynamic modeling of beaches and reef platforms in Torres Strait islands (Torres Strait, Australia)
- Charactering mass-flux profiles in aeolian saltation (Jericoacoara, Brazil)
- Wave induced setup behind a detached breakwater (Marina di Pisa, Italy).
- Morphodynamic response to two cobble beaches during an El Nino season (Malibu and San Pedro, CA, USA)
- The generation of cusps on gravel beaches: an evaluation of edge waves and self organization hyotheses (Malin Head, Republic of Ireland)
- The formation and behavior of aeolian streamers (Guadalupe, CA, USA)
- Coherent structures and aeolian saltation (Shoalhaven Heads, NSW, Australia)
- Aeolian saltation: field measurments and numerical simulations (Pismo Beach, CA, USA)
- Tracing beach nourishment material in the surf zone to mitigate impact of dumped material on nearshore benthos (Carlsbad, CA, USA).
- Shoreline erosion by boatwakes along the Savannah River (Fort Pulaski, GE, USA)
- Wave transformation over a rock platform (Belinho, Portugal)
- Quantifying levee erosion in the Sacramento River Delta (CA, USA)
- Shear stress partitioning of bed roughess: a field investigation (Green River, UT, USA)
- Sediment oscillations in the swash zone (Point Mugu, CA, USA) 


POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

Current Graduates:
Sinead Wilkes Orozco (Masters)
Guillermo Castro Cambo (Doctoral)


CURRENT PROJECTS


1.  Coastal Response and Recovery of Beach-Dune Systems in Ireland (The Maharees, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry)
Funding: Office of Public Works (24 months)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Eugene Farrell (NUIG, Geography), Dr. Kevin Lynch (NUIG, Geography)
Overview: This long-term field-based monitoring coastal project measures the impact of storms on beach-dune systems in Ireland. Currently there is very little scientific information available on how our coastal systems respond after large disturbances (e.g. storm clusters) so documenting the response of our coastline to these storms is critical in order to assess the resilience of our beaches and coastal dune systems - especially as they are the first line of defence against storm surge and support diverse habitats that are unique to Ireland. The project will be notable in that it represents the first comprehensive assessments of the post-storm response and (where applicable) recovery rates of beach-dune systems in Ireland and the processes that control their subsequent response. The results of this project will provide some of the fundamental, necessary baseline scientific data to provide guidance in future coastal management strategies that occur in the complex arena of ocean, land and people.

Links:
SAC report: Tralee Bay and Magharees Peninsula, West to Cloghane SAC
http://www.npws.ie/protected-sites/sac/002070

OPW Guidelines for Coastal Erosion Risk Management Measures and Funding Applications under the Minor Works Scheme
http://www.opw.ie/en/floodriskmanagement/operations/minorfloodworkscoastalprotectionscheme/
http://www.opw.ie/en/media/Final%20Guidelines%20&%20Schedules%20A%20&%20B%2030-03-12.pdf

Community Engagement (06/02/16): 
"Challenges for Coastal Management in Ireland: Case Study: The Maharees"

Connacht Tribune (20/04/15)
"Galway researchers preparing for nature’s assault on coastline"

2. From Source-To-Sink: The response and recovery of coastal catchment ecosystems to large perturbations (Keel, Achill Island, Co.Mayo)
Funding: EPA (24 months), Climate 2014 Call: Vulnerability of natural and managed ecosystems to Climate Change with a full integrated assessment
Principal Investigators: Dr. Eugene Farrell (NUIG, Geography), Dr. Kevin Lynch (NUIG, Geography), Dr. Terry Morley (NUIG, Geography), Dr. Tiernan Henry (NUIG, Earth and Ocean Sciences), Dr. Mary Bourke (Trinity College Dublin), Dr. Jonathan Turner (University College Dublin), and Dr. Barry O'Dwyer (University College Cork).
Overview: This multidisciplinary research measures the response of a small coastal catchment to extreme events in order to assess the resilience of the Irish landscape to both short- (event scale) and long-term (climate change) drivers of change. To fully grasp the implications of a changing climate in Ireland, we need to understand the complexity that drives the variability within our natural systems (climate, hydrological, geomorphological, biological, ecological) where one small change (tipping point) in one system can lead to numerous significant, and sometimes irreversible changes, in one or more connected systems. This integrated, cross-disciplinary study will measure patterns in the sediment and water routing system, specifically, the transport of sediment and solutes from the net-erosional (source) to the net depositional (sink) parts of the system. The EPA-funded project Ireland’s Climate Information Platform (ICIP) is developing a development stage, one stop web-based resource of climatic and adaptation information for Ireland. This research will contribute to ICIP through: the provision of information and data on the responses of vulnerable ecosystems in Ireland to climatic changes and the development of recommendations for the management of these ecosystems. This information will be provided to ICIP in order to increase decision-makers understanding of the resilience and dynamics of vulnerable ecosystems in Ireland and how these might change under projected climate changes. The research couples expertise-driven multidisciplinary research with policy so as to build capacity at local and national levels.


3. Morphodynamics of mäerl beaches: (Carraroe, Co. Galway)
Funding: MF NUIG (24 months)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Eugene Farrell (NUIG, Geography), Dr. Kevin Lynch (NUIG, Geography)
Overview: The purpose of this project is to elucidate the singular characteristics and drivers of short- and long-term variability in the behaviour of mäerl beaches. In particular, the project focuses on the variability in beach position and form in response to sediment exchanges driven by short-term swash, tide and groundwater processes, and longer-term events such as Atlantic storms. The comprehensive field experiment uses point and areal measurements of the sediment exchanges, coupled with detailed measurements of the hydrodynamic system, to develop a the first process-response model for mäerl beaches. The primary objective of the research is to obtain field data of sufficient quality and quantity to allow a rigorous evaluation of the applicability of morphodynamic models - developed, tested, and calibrated on lithogenic sand and gravel beaches - to mäerl debris beaches.  


4. The Aether Drone Project
Funding: EXPLORE, NUIG (12 months)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Eugene Farrell (NUIG, Geography),  Mr. Fionn Delahunty (NUIG, Psychology) and Mr. Darren Kelly (NUIG, Biomedical Science)
Overview: The drone will be used in the Coastal Dynamics Group research by conducting repeat aerial surveys using pre-programmed flight paths at a number of beach-dune systems in Ireland. Customized mapping software will used to build digital elevation models of the sites in order to quantify the response and recovery of the coastal sedimentary systems to extreme events (e.g. storms). Postgraduate students will be trained every year in NUIG to provide them with a unique skill set that incorporates field surveying, data analytics and mapping. The team also has a commitment to deliver aerial coverage of NUIG for marketing and promotion purposes. The emerging market for drone technology is estimated to double in the next five years to a multi-billion euro market. NUI Galway will become one of the first universities in the world to offer this ground breaking technology to its students and staff. 


5. I Like Beaches (NUIG, Galway City Beaches)
Funding: EXPLORE, NUIG (12 months)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Eugene Farrell (NUIG, Geography), Dr. Kevin Lynch (NUIG, Geography), Mr. Shaun Byrne, Ms. Jennifer Corbett, Ms. Jennifer Logan, Ms. Aisling Miller, Mr. Micheal Murphy (all NUIG final year BA students 2014)
Overview: Universities have recently realigned their extracurricular activities and expectations from staff to do far more than just preparing students for careers in Industry. There is now much more emphasis on contributing to civil society, in building sustainable communities and creating well rounded citizens of the community. This research is a recent partnership between Galway City Council and students and staff of National University Ireland Galway to provide science education of the coastal and marine environment of Galway using a series of attractive, easy-to-read, display boards. The “I Like Beaches” (ILB) project developed working partnerships between the university, the community and the local government and established the willingness of the public to learn about, and participate in, protecting Galway’s coastal resources. The potential longer lasting impacts of the project are building trust within the wider community which facilitates future natural heritage projects in Galway. The ILB project template and skills are readily transferable to different environments (riverine, wetland, glacial) in other locations in Galway or Ireland. The students have benefited by (1) taking an idea and working to turn it into reality to initiate change in the community; (2) CV building through professional project management experience, project activities and networking; and (3) participating within a Group and having different roles and responsibilities during different stages of the project. 








Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
General Account 25-MAY-15 31-DEC-20
From source to sink: the response and recovery of coastal catchment ecosystems to large perturbations 01-APR-15 31-MAR-17
COASTAL FLOODING & EROSION OPW PROJECT EUGENE FARRELL 01-SEP-14 31-AUG-16
Eugene Farrell MF Project 01-OCT-14 31-AUG-16

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Restoring Sediment to Compensate for Erosion of an Estuarine Shore'
Accepted: Nordstrom K.F., Jackson N.L., Farrell E.J., Rafferty P., and Tengwall, C. (2016) 'Restoring Sediment to Compensate for Erosion of an Estuarine Shore'. Geomorphology, [Details]
(2016) 'The morphological response of a breached barrier system to winter storms'
Accepted: Kandrot, S., Farrell, E.F., and Devoy, R.J.N. (2016) 'The morphological response of a breached barrier system to winter storms'. Earth Surface Processes And Landforms, [Details]
(2015) 'The fall velocity of sand grains in air: a review'
Farrell, E.J., and Sherman, D.J. (2015) 'The fall velocity of sand grains in air: a review'. Progress In Physical Geography, [Details]
(2015) 'Dynamics of sediment storage and release on aeolian dune slip faces: A field study in Jericoacoara, Brazil'
Pelletier J.D., Sherman D.J., Ellis J.T., Farrell E.J., Jackson N., Li B., Nordstrom K.F., Maia L.P., Omidyeganeh M. (2015) 'Dynamics of sediment storage and release on aeolian dune slip faces: A field study in Jericoacoara, Brazil'. Journal Of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 'Estimates of the Schmidt Number for vertical flux distributions of wind-blown sand'
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2013) 'Estimates of the Schmidt Number for vertical flux distributions of wind-blown sand'. Journal Of Coastal Research, (Special Issue No. 65) [Details]
(2013) 'Characterization of aeolian streamers using time-average videography'
Sherman, D.J.; Houser, C.; Ellis, J.T.; Farrell, E.J.; Li, B.; Maia, L.P. (2013) 'Characterization of aeolian streamers using time-average videography'. Journal Of Coastal Research, (Special Issue No. 65) [Details]
(2012) 'Temporal and spatial variability of aeolian sand transport: implications for field measurements'
Ellis, J.T., Sherman, D.J., Farrell, E.J., and Li, B. (2012) 'Temporal and spatial variability of aeolian sand transport: implications for field measurements'. Aeolian Research, (3):379-387 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Vertical distribution of grain size for wind blown sand'
Farrell, E.J., D.J. Sherman, Ellis, J., and B.Li. (2012) 'Vertical distribution of grain size for wind blown sand'. Aeolian Research, 7 :51-61 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Recalibrating aeolian sand transport models'
Sherman, D.J., B. Li, Ellis, J.E., Farrell, E.J., Maia, L.P., Granja, H (2012) 'Recalibrating aeolian sand transport models'. Earth Surface Processes And Landforms, [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Variability of the apparent von Kármán parameter during aeolian saltation'
Li, B., D.J. Sherman, D.J., Farrell, E.J., and J.T. Ellis (2010) 'Variability of the apparent von Kármán parameter during aeolian saltation'. Geophysical Research Letters, 37 (L15404) [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Benchmarking the war against global warming'
Sherman, D.J., S. Quiring, B. Li, and E.J. Farrell (2010) 'Benchmarking the war against global warming'. Annals Of The Association Of American Geographers, 100 (4):1013-1024 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Protocols for characterizing aeolian mass- flux profiles'
Ellis, J.T., B. Li, E.J. Farrell, and D.J. Sherman (2010) 'Protocols for characterizing aeolian mass- flux profiles'. Aeolian Research, 1 :19-26 [Details]
(2009) 'Aeolian saltation at Esposende beach'
Li, B., H. Granja, E.J Farrell, J.T. Ellis, and D.J. Sherman (2009) 'Aeolian saltation at Esposende beach'. Journal Of Coastal Research, (Special Issue 56):327-331 [Details]
(2009) 'Wave transformation across a rock platform, Belinho, Portugal'
Farrell, E.J., H. Granja, L. Cappietti, J.T. Ellis, B. Li, and D.J. Sherman (2009) 'Wave transformation across a rock platform, Belinho, Portugal'. Journal Of Coastal Research, (Special Issue 56):44-48 [Details]
(2008) 'Aerodynamic roughness lengths over moveable beds: comparison of wind tunnel and field data'
Sherman, D.J., and Farrell, E.J. (2008) 'Aerodynamic roughness lengths over moveable beds: comparison of wind tunnel and field data'. Journal Of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 111 (F02S08) [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Aeolian - sediment transport'
Farrell E.J. and Swann C.S. (2016) 'Aeolian - sediment transport' In: Geomorphological Techniques (Online Edition: ISSN 2047-0371). BSG: British Society of Geomorphology. [Details]
(2014) 'Tsunami Case Studies'
Farrell E. and Hickey K.R. (2014) 'Tsunami Case Studies' In: Hazards and Disasters Series: Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks, and Disasters. California: California Press. [Details]
(1998) 'Natural Hazards'
Sherman, D.J., Farrell, E.J., Ridland, M., and Wang, J. (1998) 'Natural Hazards' In: Atlas of Southern California: Volume 2. Southern California Studies Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. USC: USC. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) Conference of Irish Geographers (2014), University College Dublin, Ireland
Farrell, E.F., and Sherman, D.J. (2014) Using the Rouse Concentration Model to to represent vertical flux profiles of wind blown sand Conference of Irish Geographers (2014), University College Dublin, Ireland [Details]
(2014) Conference of Irish Geographers (2014), University College Dublin, Ireland
Farrell, E.J., Lynch, K., Corbett, J., Logan, J., Miller, A., Murphy, M., Fahy, F., Morley, T., and Reilly, K. (2014) I Like Beaches: A University community knowledge initiative (CKI) to promote civic engagement Conference of Irish Geographers (2014), University College Dublin, Ireland [Details]
(2003) MedCoast ’03: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment. Ankara, MEDCOAST
Pranzini, E., Farrell., E.J., and Steinhardt, S (2003) Use of a reflective groin in a pocket beach MedCoast ’03: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment. Ankara, MEDCOAST , pp.1741-1752 [Details]
(2003) MedCoast ’03: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment. Ankara, MEDCOAST
Cappietti, L., Cammelli, C., Farrell, E.J., Ferri, S., Aminti, P., and Pranzini, E. (2003) A case of updrift erosion induced by a harbour breakwater MedCoast ’03: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment. Ankara, MEDCOAST , pp.1707-1718 [Details]
(2003) MedCoast ’03: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment. Ankara, MEDCOAST
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J (2003) Process-scaling issues for aeolian transport modeling in field and wind tunnel experiments: roughness length and mass flux distributions MedCoast ’03: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment. Ankara, MEDCOAST , pp.1457-1468 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2013) Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), Ireland. Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Ireland - Meeting Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive targets for Ireland’s transitional and coastal waters through implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
O’Mahony, C., S., Köpke, Twomey, S., O’Hagan, A.M, Farrell, E.J., and Gault, J. (2013) Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), Ireland. Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Ireland - Meeting Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive targets for Ireland’s transitional and coastal waters through implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Available online, The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) Ireland. [Details]

Media - Community Engagement

  Year Publication
(2016) Challenges for Coastal Management in Ireland. Case Study: The Maharees, Castlegregory (Co. Kerry).
Farrell, E.J. (2016) Challenges for Coastal Management in Ireland. Case Study: The Maharees, Castlegregory (Co. Kerry). Media - Community Engagement [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) The 2013-2014 Winter Storms in Ireland. TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway November 2015.
Farrell, E.J. (2015) The 2013-2014 Winter Storms in Ireland. TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway November 2015. Media - Community Engagement [Details]
(2015) Will Galway drown if future climate change projections materialize? Pint of Science International Festival, Galway, Ireland.
Farrell, E.J. (2015) Will Galway drown if future climate change projections materialize? Pint of Science International Festival, Galway, Ireland. Media - Community Engagement [Details]
(2014) Beaches in Galway: Our Last Defence against Climate Change. Galway City Museum and National University Ireland Galway. Natural and Human Heritages Public Lectures.
Farrell, E.J. (2014) Beaches in Galway: Our Last Defence against Climate Change. Galway City Museum and National University Ireland Galway. Natural and Human Heritages Public Lectures. Media - Community Engagement [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2015) The response and recovery of Irish beach-dune systems to storms. Third Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop, Geological Survey Ireland.
Farrell, E.J., Lynch, K.L., Wilkes Orozco, S., and Castro Cambo, G. (2015) The response and recovery of Irish beach-dune systems to storms. Third Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop, Geological Survey Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2015) The 2013/14 winter storms in Ireland. Windy Day Conference, University of Reading, UK.
Farrell, E.J., Lynch, K.L., Wilkes Orozco, S., and Castro Cambo, G. (2015) The 2013/14 winter storms in Ireland. Windy Day Conference, University of Reading, UK. Conference Paper [Details]
(2015) Post-Storm Recovery of Beach-Dune Systems in Ireland (The Maharees, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry). 47th Conference of Irish Geographers, Queens University Belfast, Ireland.
Farrell, E.F. and Lynch, K. (2015) Post-Storm Recovery of Beach-Dune Systems in Ireland (The Maharees, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry). 47th Conference of Irish Geographers, Queens University Belfast, Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2015) The Winter Storms of 2013-2014: a window into Ireland’s future for coastal climate change. 47th Conference of Irish Geographers, Queens University Belfast, Ireland.
Farrell, E.J.Farrell, E.F., Kandrot, S., Morley, A., Lynch, K., and Finneran, B. (2015) The Winter Storms of 2013-2014: a window into Ireland’s future for coastal climate change. 47th Conference of Irish Geographers, Queens University Belfast, Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2015) I Like Beaches: a public outreach and educational initiative. First Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop, Trinity College Dublin.
Farrell, E.J. (2015) I Like Beaches: a public outreach and educational initiative. First Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop, Trinity College Dublin. Conference Paper [Details]
(2014) Using the Rouse Concentration Model to Represent Vertical Flux Profiles of Wind Blown Sand. 46th Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, Ireland.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2014) Using the Rouse Concentration Model to Represent Vertical Flux Profiles of Wind Blown Sand. 46th Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2014) I Like Beaches: a student-led community knowledge research initiative. 46th Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, Ireland.
Farrell, E.J., Lynch, K., Byrne, S., Corbett, J., Logan, J., Miller, A., and Murphy, M. (2014) I Like Beaches: a student-led community knowledge research initiative. 46th Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2014) Using the Rouse Concentration Model to Represent Vertical Flux Profiles of Wind Blown Sand. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2014) Using the Rouse Concentration Model to Represent Vertical Flux Profiles of Wind Blown Sand. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria. Conference Paper [Details]
(2014) Estimates of the ß parameter (a form of the Schmidt Number) in the Rouse Number for vertical flux distributions of wind blown sand. 12th International Coastal Symposium, Plymouth, England.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2014) Estimates of the ß parameter (a form of the Schmidt Number) in the Rouse Number for vertical flux distributions of wind blown sand. 12th International Coastal Symposium, Plymouth, England. Conference Paper [Details]
(2014) Characterization of aeolian streamers using time-average videography. 12th International Coastal Symposium, Plymouth, England.
Sherman, D.J., Houser, C., Ellis, J.T., Farrell, E.J., Li, B., and Maia, L.P. (2014) Characterization of aeolian streamers using time-average videography. 12th International Coastal Symposium, Plymouth, England. Conference Paper [Details]
(2014) Land to sea: benchmarking for our future. First Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop, Trinity College Dublin.
Farrell, E.J. (2014) Land to sea: benchmarking for our future. First Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop, Trinity College Dublin. Conference Paper [Details]
(2013) Estimates of the Schmidt Number for vertical flux distributions of wind-blown sand. 45th Conference for Irish Geographers, Galway, Ireland.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2013) Estimates of the Schmidt Number for vertical flux distributions of wind-blown sand. 45th Conference for Irish Geographers, Galway, Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2012) Mass flux profiles of wind blown sand: a review of laboratory, field and numerical studies. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, USA.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2012) Mass flux profiles of wind blown sand: a review of laboratory, field and numerical studies. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Settling velocity of sand sized particles in air: a review. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, USA.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2011) Settling velocity of sand sized particles in air: a review. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Recalibrating aeolian sand transport models. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, USA.
Ellis, J. T., Sherman, D. J., Li, B., and Farrell, E. J. (2011) Recalibrating aeolian sand transport models. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Field calibration of aeolian sand transport models. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
Ellis, J. T., Sherman, D. J., Li, B., and Farrell, E. J. (2011) Field calibration of aeolian sand transport models. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Horizontal variability of aeolian sand transport. The 7th International Conference for Aeolian Research, Santa Rosa, Argentina.
Ellis, J. T., Sherman, D. J., Farrell, E. J., and Li, B. (2010) Horizontal variability of aeolian sand transport. The 7th International Conference for Aeolian Research, Santa Rosa, Argentina. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Variability of apparent von Kármán parameter during aeolian saltation. The 7th International Conference for Aeolian Research, Santa Rosa, Argentina.
Li, B., Sherman, D. J., Farrell, E. J., and Ellis, J. T. (2010) Variability of apparent von Kármán parameter during aeolian saltation. The 7th International Conference for Aeolian Research, Santa Rosa, Argentina. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Horizontal variability of aeolian sand transport. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington DC, USA.
Ellis, J.T., Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2010) Horizontal variability of aeolian sand transport. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington DC, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) Wave transformation across a rock platform, Belinho, Portugal. 10th International Coastal Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal.
Farrell, E.J., Granja, H., Cappietti, L., Ellis, J.T., Li, B., and Sherman, D.J. (2009) Wave transformation across a rock platform, Belinho, Portugal. 10th International Coastal Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal. Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) Aeolian saltation at Esposende beach. 10th International Coastal Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal.
Li, B., Granja, H., Farrell, E.J., Ellis, J.T., and Sherman, D.J. (2009) Aeolian saltation at Esposende beach. 10th International Coastal Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal. Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) Aeolian saltation profiles: an evaluation of alternative methodologies and analyses. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, USA.
Ellis, J. T., Li, B., Farrell, E. J., Cox, W. D., and Sherman, D. J. (2009) Aeolian saltation profiles: an evaluation of alternative methodologies and analyses. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) Field evaluation of grain-scale aeolian saltation sensors. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, USA.
Li, B., Ellis, J. T., Farrell, E. J., Cox, W. D., and Sherman, D. J. (2009) Field evaluation of grain-scale aeolian saltation sensors. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) Protocols for characterizing aeolian mass flux profiles. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Houston, USA.
Ellis, J.T., Sherman, D.J., Farrell, E.J., and Li, B. (2008) Protocols for characterizing aeolian mass flux profiles. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Houston, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) Characterizing the Vertical Distribution of Aeolian Saltation. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, USA.
Li, B., Ellis, J. T., Farrell, E. J. and Sherman, D. J. (2008) Characterizing the Vertical Distribution of Aeolian Saltation. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Process-scaling issues of saltation dynamics in wind tunnel and field environments. American Geosciences Union General Assembly, San Francisco, USA.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2007) Process-scaling issues of saltation dynamics in wind tunnel and field environments. American Geosciences Union General Assembly, San Francisco, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Vertical mass-flux gradients in aeolian saltation. American Geosciences Union General Assembly, San Francisco, USA.
Sherman, D.J., Granja, H., Ellis J.T., Farrell, E.J., and Li, B. (2007) Vertical mass-flux gradients in aeolian saltation. American Geosciences Union General Assembly, San Francisco, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Wind tunnel simulations of saltation: is close enough, good enough? Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, USA.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2007) Wind tunnel simulations of saltation: is close enough, good enough? Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Vertical mass-flux gradients in aeolian saltation. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, USA.
Sherman, D.J., Granja, H., Ellis, J.T., Farrell, E.J., and Li, B. (2007) Vertical mass-flux gradients in aeolian saltation. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) Using scaled models in aeolian geomorphology. Annual meeting of the Southwest Division of the Association of American Geographers, Norman (OK), USA.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2006) Using scaled models in aeolian geomorphology. Annual meeting of the Southwest Division of the Association of American Geographers, Norman (OK), USA. Conference Paper [Details]
(2003) Process-scaling issues for aeolian transport modeling in field and wind tunnel experiments: roughness length and mass flux distributions. The 6th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment: Ravenna, Italy.
Farrell, E.J. and Sherman, D.J. (2003) Process-scaling issues for aeolian transport modeling in field and wind tunnel experiments: roughness length and mass flux distributions. The 6th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment: Ravenna, Italy. Conference Paper [Details]

Invited Seminars

  Year Publication
(2016) Coastal management strategies in Galway: present and future challenges. Will the city drown? Galway Geological Association.
Farrell, E.J. (2016) Coastal management strategies in Galway: present and future challenges. Will the city drown? Galway Geological Association. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2015) Coastal storms, erosion and climate variability linkages: An Irish Perspective. University of Victoria, BC Canada.
Farrell, E.J. (2015) Coastal storms, erosion and climate variability linkages: An Irish Perspective. University of Victoria, BC Canada. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2015) Understanding coastal catchment response to climate change: linking bouncing sand grains, disappearing dunes and a wandering polar jet stream. University of Ulster Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
Farrell, E.J. (2015) Understanding coastal catchment response to climate change: linking bouncing sand grains, disappearing dunes and a wandering polar jet stream. University of Ulster Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2014) Climate change and coastal flooding. Dublin City Council, Geographical Society of Ireland, and University College Dublin.
Farrell, E.J. (2014) Climate change and coastal flooding. Dublin City Council, Geographical Society of Ireland, and University College Dublin. Invited Seminars [Details]
(2014) Aeolian system modelling: from bouncing sand grains to dune avalanching, size does matter! Trinity College Dublin, School of Natural Sciences. Seminar series in Geology and Physical Geography.
Farrell, E.J. (2014) Aeolian system modelling: from bouncing sand grains to dune avalanching, size does matter! Trinity College Dublin, School of Natural Sciences. Seminar series in Geology and Physical Geography. Invited Seminars [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 President's Awards for Teaching Excellence (short listed to final stage) NUIG
2014 Dobbin Scholarship, Ireland Canada University Foundation Encouraging and facilitating links between scholars in Ireland and Canada. Research scholarship. Ireland Canada University Foundation
2011 U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering, East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Program Award. Hydrodynamic modeling of beaches and reef flats U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering
2011 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence in scholarly research and teaching and for exemplifying the meaning of scholar/mentor in the highest sense. Texas A&M University, USA Texas A&M University, USA.

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal Of Coastal Research Reviewer
Earth Surface Processes And Landforms Reviewer
Journal Of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface Reviewer
Journal Of Arid Environments Reviewer
Theoretical And Applied Climatology Reviewer
Nature Reviewer
Sedimentary Geology Reviewer
Peerj Reviewer
Geomorphology Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

----- GRANT REVIEWER ----- Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, Croatia. New International Fellowship Mobility Programme for Experienced Researchers in Croatia (NEWFELPRO); ----- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK; ----- Estonian Research Council; ------ Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); ------ Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT); ------ ----- BOOK REVIEWER ----- Wiley-Blackwell ------ EXTERNAL PHD EXAMINER ------ University of Exeter ------ MEDIA DISSEMINATION ------ Newspapers: Galway Advertiser, Galway City Tribune; Connacht Tribune, Galway Independent. Radio: Galway FM; Ryan Institutes Radio. TV: Ecoeye (RTÉ); TG4 (RTÉ). Magazines: The Public Sector Magazine; Research Matters (NUIG); Ryan Institute Newsletter (NUIG); Ollscéala (NUIG). NUIG Facebook & Twitter accounts.

Teaching Interests


Undergraduate Teaching:
 

TI151 Principals of Physical Geography /co-taught            

TI152 Geography in Practice /co-taught 

TI224 Residential Field Class (Environment, Risk and Resilience in The Algarve, Portugal )

TI225 Earth surface processes and landforms

TI251 Evidence in Geography: The production of geographical knowledge /co-taught

TI313 Specialism I: physical geography (Dune dynamics and processes of aeolian sediment transport /now TI368) 

TI335 Research project design and development 

TI356 Research seminar in physical geography 

TI368 Fundamentals of aeolian geomorphology 



Postgraduate Teaching: 
 
    TI6104: Coastal Processes and Landforms (MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments: Physical Processes, Policy, and Practice)

 
 

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
IRELAND: Environmental Protection Agency
IRELAND: Local Authorities
IRELAND: Office of Public Works
IRELAND: Trinity College Dublin
IRELAND: University College Cork, Coastal and Marine Research Centre
IRELAND: University College Dublin
IRELAND: University of Ulster Coleraine
AUSTRALIA: James Cook University, Australia
BRAZIL: Universidade Federal do Ceará
CHINA: Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
EUROPE: Kings College London, UK
EUROPE: Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
EUROPE: Universidade do Minho, Portugal
NORTH AMERICA: Desert Research Institute, Nevada
NORTH AMERICA: Guelph University, Canada
NORTH AMERICA: National Park Service
NORTH AMERICA: New Jersey Institute of Technology
NORTH AMERICA: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
NORTH AMERICA: Texas A&M University
NORTH AMERICA: University of Arizona
NORTH AMERICA: University of South Carolina
NORTH AMERICA: University of Victoria, Canada
NORTH AMERICA: University of Alabama