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College Photo Name Misstear, Bruce Dudley
Main Department Civil Struct & Env. Eng.
College Title Associate Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 2800
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 Author or co-author of over 100 publications, and more than 50 unpublished consultancy reports.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).
Details Date
Vice President (Finance and Membership) of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. 2012-2016
Associate Editor Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology 2007 to present
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 39th congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Niagara Falls, Canada, September 2012. 2012
Associate Editor of the Hydrogeology Journal 1999 - 2003
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
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Fellow of the Geological Society 1976 present
Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists 1986 present
Member of Institution of Engineers of Ireland 1995 present
Member of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland 2009 present
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Elected Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists September 2012
Gave opening keynote paper at GEOFLUID groundwater meeting, Piacenza, Italy 5 October 2012
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2009
Winner of the IEI Geotechnical prize 2000
Water and Environment Journal paper commendation 2010
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English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Description of Research Interests
Groundwater vulnerability and contamination Recharge and reliable yields of groundwater sources Air pollution monitoring and evaluation.
Research Interests
Air pollution monitoring and assessment Groundwater engineering Groundwater recharge Groundwater vulnerability and contamination
Research Projects
Project title Assessing, modelling and managing water and contaminant movement along pathways, from the land surface to aquatic receptors
Summary The research will improve our knowledge of over-ground and underground pathways from both diffuse and point pollution sources to receiving water bodies, by examining flow, transport and attenuation processes. Modelling of these pathways is a key objective, enabling the development of a catchment management tool. Project partners are Queen's University Belfast and UCD.
Funding Agency Environmental Protection Agency
Programme STRIVE
Type of Project Research
Date from July 2008
Date to June 2014
Person Months

Project title The impacts of domestic wastewater treatment systems on private wells and rivers
Summary The aim of the project is to evaluate the impact of DWWTS effluent as a health hazard to consumers of groundwater from private wells and also a source of nutrient water pollution to surface water in small catchments. The main pollutants being studied are microbial pathogens and phosphorus. The research includes identifying an appropriate fingerprinting technique in order to track effluent contamination in both surface and groundwater.
Funding Agency Environmental Protection Agency
Programme STRIVE
Type of Project Research
Date from April 2013
Date to March 2016
Person Months

Project title Water is Life
Summary Project includes doctoral research concerned with sustainable groundwater development in Uganda. This aspect involves an assessment of the effectiveness of improved well sources in an area of southwest Uganda, together with preparation of a catchment water balance and modeling of potential impacts of changing climate on water sources. The wider project involves 7 Irish third level institutions (including TCD), plus Makerere University in Kampala, and is being led by Dundalk IT.
Funding Agency HEA / Irish Aid
Type of Project
Date from 2008
Date to 2014
Person Months

Project title Groundwater monitoring in Ireland
Summary Co-supervisor of research fellowship analysing groundwater level and groundwater quality data in Ireland
Funding Agency Environmental Protection Agency
Programme STRIVE
Type of Project Research fellowship
Date from July 2008
Date to June 2012
Person Months

Project title Hydraulic performance of subsoils
Summary Hydrogeological researcher on 3 EPA projects to establish the hydraulic performance and efficiencies of different subsoils and the effectiveness of alternative secondary systems for treating effluent from single houses. The current project (2011-2014) is investigating treatment performance and options (including willow beds) in areas with poor soil drainage characteristics.
Funding Agency EPA
Programme STRIVE
Type of Project Research
Date from 2001 (First project)
Date to 2014 (Current project)
Person Months

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
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
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
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
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
P. Hynds, B.D.R. Misstear and L.W. Gill, Development of a microbial contamination susceptibility model for private domestic groundwater sources, Water Resources Research, 48, (W12504), 2012, p1-10
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