Professor Eleanor Jennings
International Women's Day 2020: Professor Eleanor Jennings is research professor in Dundalk Institute of Technology
Prof. Eleanor Jennings is a research professor and director of Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies (CFES) at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Eleanor entered Trinity College in 1987 as a mature student with a young family, to study natural sciences. She went on to do a PhD in TCD in 1998 on sediment-water nitrogen fluxes in Dublin Bay. Her current research interests are nutrient and carbon cycling, and modelling of catchment and in-lake processes, including climate change impacts. To date in her career, Eleanor has collaborated on over 30 national and EU funded projects. Through this work, she has active and on-going collaborations with many groups in Europe and globally, in particular those involved in high frequency monitoring of lakes and rivers using automated sensors. She works very closely in particular with staff from the Marine Institute ecological observatory in the Burrishoole catchment, County Mayo, Ireland’s only site with long-term in-situ high frequency monitoring. Eleanor is a coordinator of MANTEL a Marie Sklodlowska Curie Action (MSCA) European Joint Doctorate ITN, which is the first to be coordinated by an Irish institute. This is training 12 PhDs to investigate the effects of climatic extremes on lakes and reservoirs (2017-2020). She is also co-lead to the BEYOND 2020 research cluster (contributing to the Burrishoole Ecological Observatory in collaboration with the Marine Institute (2017-2020). Eleanor is an active member of GLEON (Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network), and was Chair of the NETLAKE COST Action (2012-2016) which now continues as a European community for those interested in high frequency monitoring in aquatic systems.