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You are invited to join us upstairs in the King's Head to learn more about green tides, greenhouse gases and bees & grasslands! Don't be afraid to ask questions and enjoy a pint with our green experts!
Fate of greenhouse gas methane: from the ocean to the atmosphere
Dr Chiara Cassarini (Postdoctoral researcher in the Microbiology Department at NUI Galway)
Methane is a widely used energy source, but it is also the second largest contributor to human induced global warming. Large quantities of methane are stored beneath the ocean. However, nearly 90% of this methane is consumed before it reaches the atmosphere by very slow growing microorganisms, called anaerobic methanotrophs. Therefore, investigating this fantastic process is crucial in order to understand the fate of methane. Furthermore, these microorganisms can be applied in environmental bio-technologies, such as the decontamination of industrial wastewaters.
A pint of science: Fifty shades of green...
Dr Ricardo Bermejo (Postdoctoral researcher in the Earth and Ocean Science Department at NUI Galway)
Nutrient enrichment of marine and transitional waters has increased worldwide as consequence of the growing human population. One of the most evident signs of eutrophication is the accumulation of fast-growing opportunistic macroalgal species, mainly Ulvoid species which generate the so-called “green tides”. Growth and accumulation of such blooms may result in anoxic decomposition and release of gaseous sulphur compounds. Exposure to these noxious gases can lead to health risks in both humans and wildlife as well as environmental impacts on local biogeochemistry and biodiversity.
Rare bees in the Burren: searching for the shrillest buzz
Michelle Larkin (PhD researcher in the Botany and Plant Science Department at NUI Galway)
A monitoring scheme is used to collect data on wildlife to see how their populations change over time. Using information collected by scientists and the public helps to inform the actions we can take to prevent further declines of our wildlife. The Shrill Carder bee is Ireland’s second rarest bumblebee and is in need of their own monitoring scheme to gather information on this secretive bee. This talk will explore the importance of monitoring schemes, what information you need to develop a scheme that works, and what was discovered about the Shrill Carder Bee.