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Mr. Bruce Misstear

Associate Professor (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

Associate Professor in hydrogeology and environmental engineering at Trinity College Dublin (Dean of Students 2003-2007). Currently engaged in research on topics such as water pollution pathways, sustainable groundwater development in Africa, recharge and groundwater vulnerability, health impacts of private water supplies, and background air quality. Previously worked for 18 years as a consultant hydrogeologist, becoming head of the Groundwater Department of Consulting Engineer Mott MacDonald and a Director of the firm's Environment and Water Resources Division. Professional experience includes water resources and environmental projects in Ireland, UK, Oman, Czechoslovakia, Bahrain, Sudan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Nigeria. Author or co-author of over 100 publications, and more than 50 unpublished consultancy reports. In 2006, published an international textbook on 'Water Wells and boreholes' (J Wiley & Sons). As Dean of Students, was involved in the strategic development of student services and accommodation services for the university's 15,000 student population. Elected Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (2012).
  Air pollution monitoring and assessment   Groundwater engineering   Groundwater recharge   Groundwater vulnerability and contamination
Assessing, modelling and managing water and contaminant movement along pathways, from the land surface to aquatic receptors
The impacts of domestic wastewater treatment systems on private wells and rivers
Water is Life
Groundwater monitoring in Ireland
Hydraulic performance of subsoils

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Advisor on EPA project concerned with guideline and intervention values for the protection of groundwater in Ireland. 1999-2000
Advisor on a contaminated land investigation at a Dockland site in Dublin 1998
Advisor to the EPA at the Oral Hearing in connection with a proposed landfill in County Fingal 2008-2009
Advisor to the EPA on the proposed Oral Hearing in connection with the proposed decision on a waste licence for a landfill at Silvermines, Tipperary (NR) 2000
Advisor to the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) on the preparation of guidelines for delineating Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. 2000-2001
Assessor to An Bord Pleanála for the planning appeal in connection with the proposed development of a landfill facility at Mulhuddart, Co. Fingal. 1995-1996
Associate Editor Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology 2007 to present
Associate Editor of the Hydrogeology Journal 1999 - 2003
Chairman of the steering committee for the Int. Groundwater Conference, Cranfield 1990
External reviewer for the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board for a proposed remediation strategy for the Avoca mines area 2003
Independent chairman of the Groundwater Monitoring Committee concerned with potential impacts of the Kildare bypass on the hydrology of Pollardstown fen 2000 - 2003
Member of EU thematic network on Civil Engineering education in Europe (EUCEET I and II Programmes) 1999-2004
Member of the EPA/GSI working group on the groundwater protection response for landspreading. 2002 - 2006
Member of the Hydrogeological Group Committee of the Geological Society of London 1987-1990
Member of the Irish National Committees of the International Hydrological programme and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage 2003 - present
Member of the Scientific Committee for the 34th WEDC international conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. May 2009
Member of the Scientific Committee for the 35th WEDC international conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Loughborough, UK July 2011
Member of the Scientific Committee for the 39th congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Niagara Falls, Canada, September 2012. 2012
Member of the Scientific Committee for the 42nd Congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Rome, September 2015 2015
Member of the Scientific Committee for the International Water Association conference, Dublin May 2012
Member of the UK Groundwater Forum 1994
Member of the committee of the Water and Environmental Engineering Section of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland 1996 - 2002
Member of the organising committee for the Int. Conference on Groundwater: Drought, Pollution and Management, Brighton 1994
Secretary of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group) 1996 - 1999
Supervisor of the hydrogeological aspects of the Avoca Mine Site Characterisation Study carried out by the Geological Survey of Ireland as part of the Avoca/Avonmore Catchment Conversion Project (EC Life Programme) 1995-1996
Vice President (Finance and Membership) of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. 2012-2016
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Fellow of the Geological Society 1976 present
Member of Institution of Engineers of Ireland 1995 present
Member of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland 2009 present
Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists 1986 present
B.D.R. Misstear, Water well design in the 21st century, Dooge-Nash Symposium 2014, 'The Grand Challenges Facing Hydrology in the 21st Century', Dublin, 24-25 April 2014, edited by J.J. O'Sullivan and M. Bruen , 2014, pp235 - 243, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
K.M Tedd, C. Coxon, B.D.R. Misstear, D. Daly, M. Craig, A. Mannix and N. Hunter Williams, An integrated pressure and pathway approach to the spatial analysis of groundwater nitrate: a case study from the southeast of Ireland, Science of the Total Environment, 476-477, 2014, p460 - 476, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Nyhan M, McNabola A, Misstear B, Comparison of particulate matter dose and acute heart rate variability response in cyclists, pedestrians, bus and train passengers., The Science of the total environment, 468-469C, 2014, p821-831 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Hynds, Paul Misstear, Bruce D. Gill, Laurence W. Murphy, Heather M., Groundwater source contamination mechanisms: Physicochemical profile clustering, risk factor analysis and multivariate modelling, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 2014, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Hynds PD, Misstear BD, Gill LW, Unregulated private wells in the Republic of Ireland: Consumer awareness, source susceptibility and protective actions., Journal of environmental management, 127C, 2013, p278-288 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
R. J. O'Brien, B.D. Misstear, L.W. Gill, J. Deakin and R. Flynn, Developing an integrated hydrograph separation and lumped modelling approach to quantifying hydrological pathways in Irish river catchments, Journal of Hydrology, 486, 2013, p259 - 270, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
N. Hunter Williams, B.D.R. Misstear, D. Daly and M. Lee, The development of a national groundwater recharge map for the Republic of Ireland, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, 46, 2013, p493 - 506, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Brien R., Deakin J., Misstear B., Gill L., Flynn R., Analysis of flow pathways in fractured bedrock using a lumped modelling approach., GwFR'2012 - International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks, Prague, Czech Republic, 21st-24th May , 2012, pp1 - 8, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
O'Brien R., Misstear B., Deakin J., Gill L., Flynn R. , Quantification of hydrological pathways for improved water resource management in Irish Catchments., IWA World Congress on Water Climate and Energy, National Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 13th-18th May, 2012, pp1 - 8, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Hynds P.D., Misstear B., Gill L.W., The predicted human health effects associated with bacterial contamination of private water wells in Ireland., IWA World Congress on Water Climate and Energy, National Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 13th-18th May, 2012, pp1 - 8, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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BDR Misstear, Water, but not on the brain, Geoscientist, 23, (1), 2013, p9 - 9, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
B. Misstear, Whither hydrogeology education?, Groundwater Newsletter, 50, 2012, p24 - 25, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
R. Borland, M.J. Gorman, B.D.R. Misstear and J. Withers, Surface tension: The future of water, Dublin, 978-0-95589574-6, Science Gallery, 2011, 1 - 106pp, Book, PUBLISHED
R. O'Brien, J. Deakin, B.D.R. Misstear, L. Gill, P. Johnston and R.Flynn, Modelling flows along pollutant pathways in Irish catchments, Catchment Science 2011, Dublin, Teagasc/Defra, 2011, pp92 - 92, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
A. Orr, M. Archbold, J. Deakin, J, Nitsche, U. Ofterdinger, B.D.R. Misstear and R.Flynn, A comparison of the stratification of nitrogen in groundwater in catchments underlain by a productive and poorly productive aquifer, Catchment Science 2011, Dublin, 14-16 September 2011, Teagasc/Defra, 2011, pp90 - 90, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
R. O'Brien, J. Deakin, B.D.R. Misstear, L. Gill and R.Flynn, Simulating flow pathways in Irish catchments using a lumped and semi-distributed modelling approach, HydroEco2011: 3rd International Multidisciplinary Conference on Hydrology and Ecology: Ecosystems, Vienna, 2-5 May 2011, 2011, Poster, PUBLISHED
R. O'Brien, J. Deakin, B.D.R. Misstear, L. Gill and R.Flynn, Quantifying the hydrological pathways along which contaminants are transferred to inform a Catchment Modelling Tool for Irish catchments, 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium Towards 2020: Environmental challenges and opportunities in the next decade, Cork, 6-8 April 2011, 2011, Poster, PUBLISHED
Tedd, K., Misstear, B., Coxon, C., Daly, D., Hunter Williams, T., Craig, M. & Mannix, A., A review of groundwater levels in the south-east of Ireland, Wexford, Environmental Protection Agency, 2011, 106pp, Report, PUBLISHED
Misstear BDR, Daly D & Brown L, Groundwater recharge and its relationship to river flow in Ireland, Irish National Hydrology Conference 2009 : Innovative Approaches in Hydrology - Putting Research into Practice , Tullamore, 10 November 2009, 2009, pp1-1 - 1-11, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Misstear BDR, Groundwater or Ground Water?, GSI Groundwater Newsletter, (47), 2009, p22 - 22, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2009
Elected Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists September 2012
Gave opening keynote paper at GEOFLUID groundwater meeting, Piacenza, Italy 5 October 2012
Water and Environment Journal paper commendation 2010
Winner of the IEI Geotechnical prize 2000
. Groundwater vulnerability and contamination . Recharge and reliable yields of groundwater sources . Air pollution monitoring and evaluation.