A warm welcome to Mr Maxime Savatier!!!!!
Maxime will be working with Dr Carlos Rocha on an iCRAG funded project that explores the effect of groundwater/surface interactions on the biology and chemistry of coastal areas hosting aquaculture activities.
As a result of human activities (eg: agriculture), an increasing input of nutrient coming from land through groundwater and rivers is widely observed on coastal areas. This additional input of nutrient may have significant effect on ocean chemistry and ecosystems (eg: Eutrophication, algae bloom), which in turn have a negative economic impact on human activities (eg: aquaculture, fisheries).
Less visible than river discharge, Submarine Groundwater Discharge is however one of the main sources of water and material pathway to the ocean, and a major nutrient source for coastal areas. Maxime’s project will therefore aim to estimate its influence of Submarine Groundwater Discharge on coastal areas, and its effect on the nutrient balance, in different geological settings in Ireland. Water budget and nutrient balance in the different sites of study will be built, and the economic impact of SGD will be also estimated. This research output and the associated projects may provide guidance for policy makers that have to deal with water management, ecosystem and/or aquaculture in coastal areas.
I graduated with a double MSc in Hydrogeology (Lasalle Beauvais, France) and an MSc in Environmental Water Management (Cranfield University, UK).
I then had a short experience in contaminated site management consultancy at Paris, before joining iCRAG and the Trinity College Biochemistry Research team in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Rocha.
I see the need to create a link between disciplines in order to create new ideas and limit the negative consequences of our actions. When possible, science, economics and social aspects should be considered as a whole. Therefore, being part of a pluridisciplinary research environment such as Trinity College is a great opportunity to contribute to the development of this link.