Ms Triona Mc Grath

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Contact Details

Post Doctoral Researcher
c/o Dr Rachel Cave
Natural Sciences/Ryan Institute
NUI Galway

T: 091 387200
E: TRIONA.MCGRATH@nuigalway.ie
 
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Biography

Oceanography is not only a career it is a huge part of my life. I graduated top of my class with a first class honours in Marine Science (BSc) and my PhD involved extensive original research on ocean acidification, an emerging global problem often referred to as ‘the evil twin of climate change’. During my PhD I was the lead chemical oceanographer on thirteen research surveys and helped in the establishment of a laboratory capable of producing high quality carbonate chemistry data. I am the lead author on a number of peer-reviewed articles related to ocean acidification in Irish waters and have contributed to key national and international reports on ocean climate change (MI report, EPA, ICES 2014).   I have continued to lead ocean acidification research in Ireland in my current post-doctoral project where I have produced a baseline dataset of seasonal inorganic carbon data in estuarine waters. I was also awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship in 2013 which allowed me to collaborate with one of the world’s leading carbonate chemists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego. The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive, merit-based grant for international educational exchange for scholars to study, research or teach in the U.S. This scholarship allowed me to develop my analytical skills of ocean acidification parameters, skills that I have brought back to teach in Ireland. I have participated in many science outreach activities to communicate ocean science to the public and have discussed ocean acidification research on the national television documentary series Eco Eye. I have recently given a TEDx presentation on ocean acidification at the TEDx Fulbright Dublin event in 2016,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m1X26Auw6Q. My long term career goal is to become a leading researcher in the important and rapidly emerging field of marine carbon chemistry through contribution to global research programmes. I hope to collaborate with high-profile research groups and expand my network of key research associates at a national and international level.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Chemical characteristics of water masses in the Rockall Trough'
McGrath, T.; Nolan, G.; McGovern, E. (2012) 'Chemical characteristics of water masses in the Rockall Trough'. Deep Sea Research, 61 :57-73 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Inorganic carbon and pH levels in the Rockall Trough 1991-2010'
McGrath, T.; Kivimae, C.; Tanhua, T.; Cave, R.; McGovern, E. (2012) 'Inorganic carbon and pH levels in the Rockall Trough 1991-2010'. Deep Sea Research, 68 :79-91 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'measurements of biogeochemical parameters in the Rockall Trough (2009-2012)'
McGrath, T.; Kivimae, C.; McGovern, E.; Cave, R.; Joyce, E (2013) 'measurements of biogeochemical parameters in the Rockall Trough (2009-2012)'. Earth System Science Data (ESSD), 6 :389-409 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Inorganic carbon distribution in coastal and shelf waters around Ireland'
McGrath, T.; McGovern, E.; Cave, R.R.; Kivimae, C. (2016) 'Inorganic carbon distribution in coastal and shelf waters around Ireland'. Estuaries And Coasts, 39 (1):27-39 [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2010) Biogeochemical cycles in Irish Marine System. In Irish Ocean Climate & Ecosystem Status Report 2009.
Nardello, I,; McGovern, E.; Kivimae, C.; McGrath, T. (2010) Biogeochemical cycles in Irish Marine System. In Irish Ocean Climate & Ecosystem Status Report 2009. Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland. [Details]
(2011) Impacts of Increased Atmospheric CO2 on Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems, Chap. 2&3.
O’Dowd, C.; Cave, R.; McGovern, E.; Ward, B.; Kivimae, C.; McGrath, T.; Stengel, D.; Westbrook, G., (2011) Impacts of Increased Atmospheric CO2 on Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems, Chap. 2&3. Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland. [Details]
(2012) Chapter 3.9: Nutrients.
McGrath, T.; McGovern, E.; Nolan, G.; Dwyer, N. (2012) Chapter 3.9: Nutrients. Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland, Wexford, Ireland. [Details]
(2012) Chapter 3.3: Ocean Acidification and Carbon Dioxide Concentrations.
McGrath, T.; McGovern, E.; Nolan, G.; Dwyer, N. (2012) Chapter 3.3: Ocean Acidification and Carbon Dioxide Concentrations. The Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford, Ireland. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2016) The Challenger Society for Marine Science,
McGrath, T.; Cave, R.R.; McGovern, E. (2016) The biennial Challenger Conference attracts over 300 leading UK marine scientists and science managers. As well as showcasing cutting edge marine science and technology, the conference is noted for its training of young scientists and networking events, including a series of keynote and guest lectures from eminent speakers. The next conference will be held jointly by the University of Liverpool, John Moores University and NOC, Monday 5th to Thursday 8th September 2016. [Oral Presentation], The Challenger Society for Marine Science, Liverpool UK , 05-SEP-16 - 08-FEB-17. [Details]
(2008) Second Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World,
McGrath, T.; Kivimae, C.; Cave, R.R.; McGovern, E. (2008) Second Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World. [Poster Presentation], Second Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World, Monaco , 06-OCT-08 - 10-OCT-08. [Details]
(2009) EPOCA,
McGrath, T.; Kivimae, C.; Cave, R.R.; McGovern, E. (2009) European Project on Ocean Acidification workshop: Fundamentals of Marine Carbon Biogeochemistry. [Poster Presentation], EPOCA, Bergen, Norway , 21-SEP-09 - 25-SEP-09. [Details]
(2011) Water Framwork Directive Meeting,
McGrath, T.; Kivimae, C.; Cave, R.R.; McGovern, E. (2011) Annual meeting outlining work projects related to WFD. [Oral Presentation], Water Framwork Directive Meeting, Marine Institute, Galway , 11-JAN-11 - 11-JAN-11. [Details]
(2012) Third Symposium on the Oceans in a High CO2 World,
McGrath, T.; Kivimae, C.; Cave, R.R.; McGovern, E. (2012) Key international conference covering all themes related to ocean acidificaiton. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Third Symposium on the Oceans in a High CO2 World, Monterey, California , 10-SEP-12 - 15-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012) DISCO XXIII,
McGrath, T. (2012) Dissertations in Chemical Oceanograhy. [Oral Presentation], DISCO XXIII, Kaui, Hawaii , 08-OCT-12 - 12-OCT-12. [Details]
(2014) EGU,
McGrath, T.; Cave, R.R.; McGovern, E. (2014) European Geosciences Union. [Oral Presentation], EGU, Vienna, Austria , 27-APR-14 - 02-MAY-14. [Details]
(2015) GAIC2015,
McGrath, T.; McGovern, E.; Cave, R.R. (2015) GO-SHIP/Argo/IOCCP Conference - Sustained ocean observing for the next decade. [Poster Presentation], GAIC2015, Galway, Ireland , 14-SEP-15 - 18-SEP-15. [Details]
(2016) Quasimeme Workshop on Ocean Acidification,
McGrath, T.; McGovern, E.; Cave, R.R. (2016) Workshop on measurements and quality control of ocean acidification data. [Poster Presentation], Quasimeme Workshop on Ocean Acidification, National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton, UK , 02-FEB-16 - 05-FEB-16. [Details]
(2016) Marine Chemistry Working Group 2016,
McGrath, T.; McGovern, E.; Cave, R.R. (2016) Title of presentation: The inorganic carbon chemistry in Irish coastal, shelf and offshore water. This was an overview of all carbonate chemistry research to date that has been carried out in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Marine Chemistry Working Group 2016, Marine Institute, Galway , 07-MAR-16 - 11-MAR-16. [Details]

Database

  Year Publication
(2012) Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Celtic Explorer Standard Oceanographic Section Cruises in Rockall Trough area.
McGrath, T.; Kivimae, C.; Cave, R.R.; McGovern, E. (2012) Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Celtic Explorer Standard Oceanographic Section Cruises in Rockall Trough area. Database [DOI] [Details]

Film or Broadcast

  Year Publication
(2016) Ocean Acidification - the evil tiwn of climate change.
McGrath, T. (2016) Ocean Acidification - the evil tiwn of climate change. Film or Broadcast [Details]