Undergraduate Teaching in Environmental Sciences
Why study Environmental Sciences?
All human actions have environmental consequences. Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary subject which focuses on understanding and mitigating the impact of human populations on natural systems and processes. By studying Environmental Science, you will equip yourself with the knowledge and problem solving abilities to tackle some of the worlds most challenging environmental problems.
What jobs are available?
As a graduate in this area you will be able to take advantage of the worldwide demand generated by increasing environmental awareness. Our graduates pursue careers in conservation, resource management, waste management, environmental research, environmental protection and environmental education.
Many graduates move straight into environmental consultancy, while others find employment in NGO’s, national and local government departments, monitoring agencies, conservation bodies and analytical laboratories. It is also common for a number of our graduates to choose to further their education by pursuing postgraduate degrees in Environmental Science.
Aífric O’Malley was attracted to study Environmental Science as a result of her interests in ecology and the environment and her love of science. She graduated in 2009. She then carried out an MSc in Sustainable Development in DIT. This introduced Aífric to Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility. This led her to work with the DCU Ryan Academy. The Academy is a non-profit, joint venture between Dublin City University and the family of the late Tony Ryan (Ryanair). Its aim is to be the leading supporter of entrepreneurship and innovation in Ireland. DCU Ryan Academy unites the best of academia and entrepreneurial practice through its unique partnership between Ireland's leading young university, DCU and the family of one of our greatest entrepreneurs, Tony Ryan. Aífric is currently studying a FETAC Level 6 in Project Management. Aífric explains that: "Environmental Science in Trinity is a stepping stone to any route within the environmental and science sector as well as other sectors, there is a definite need for people with strong scientific backgrounds in Ireland. The course gives its students the skill set to make them a beneficial asset to a whole range of national and international companies".
Aine McCarthy decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Science as she has a love of science and a strong interest in ecology and the environment in particular. She graduated in 2009. She then carried out an MSc in Sustainable development in DIT. This coupled with her strong environmental science background led to her working with Codema Sustainable Dublin, energy advisers to the Local Authorities in the Dublin Region. Codema's projects focus on energy and environment both locally and within the EU-for example working with electric vehicles, renewable energy and reducing Dublin's overall carbon emissions. Aine is currently studying a two year diploma in Marketing and PR at night, this has opened more doors within the environment and energy field. She explains: "Environmental Science forms a great platform for whatever route within the environmental sector you may wish to take, there is a shortage of people with strong scientific backgrounds in the area of Sustainable Development-this course allows you to develop a skill set which makes you a valuable asset to a whole range of progressive companies"
Darragh Page decided to study Environmental Science as he had keen interest in science and a strong desire to contribute to the protection of our environment. He graduated in 1998 and subsequently completed an MSc in Environmental Resource Management in UCD. He then worked for one year as an Environmental Scientist with a Dublin based environmental consultancy firm responsible for risk assessment and environmental auditing. He then joined the Environmental Protection Agency where he has worked in the Office of Environmental Enforcement. Darragh has been the author of the EPA report on The Quality of Drinking Water since 2000 and is now the Drinking Water Quality Enforcement Team leader responsible for the management of a team of inspectors whose role is to ensure that our drinking water supplies are safe and secure. He has been actively involved in drinking water issues at a European level and has assisted other EU Member States in the implementation of the Drinking Water Directive. Darragh explains that “Studying Environmental Science in Trinity gave me an excellent start in my career and gave me the confidence to work in the environmental industry.”
Nessa O’Connor chose a degree in Environmental Science at TCD because she was interested in a wide range of environmental issues and ecology. She graduated from TCD in 1998 and then completed an M.Sc. (Agr.) in Environmental Resource Management at UCD, which included a dissertation examining cross border coastal zone management at Carlingford Lough. These prepared her for her position as an environmental education officer at An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland. This job included management of the national environmental education programme for schools (Green Schools), organising workshops with local authorities around the country on topics such as waste minimisation, water resources and energy efficiency as well as assessing beaches for Blue Flag status. In 2000, Nessa moved the Marine Institute as a research assistant, which introduced her to marine science and its application within the public sector. Nessa returned to UCD in 2001 to earn a PhD in community ecology focusing on coastal ecosystems in 2004. Nessa then held several Postdoctoral Fellowships in the USA and Australia as well as at UCC and UCD before being appointed as Lecturer in Marine Biology at Queen’s University Belfast in 2010. Nessa’s research team are currently investigating topics such as the effects of seaweed harvesting on biodiversity, predicted effects of climate change on the functioning of coastal ecosystems and the impacts of aquaculture on biodiversity. Members of her group also work with environmental economists and are part of a UK-wide consortium examining the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services sustainability (BESS).