Ronan Courtney


researcher

Biography

Research Interests:

Characterization and rehabilitation of industrial residue sites and mine tailings

Development of an ecosystem health and function indices for application to restored
industrial and mine waste sites and land use type

Assessment of engineered soils for application to waste facilities

Use of constructed wetlands for treatment of alkaline waste waters

Waste management and reuse for land application

Peer Reviewed Journals

Year Publication
2018 'Enhancement of bauxite residue as a low-cost adsorbent for phosphorus in aqueous solution, using seawater and gypsum treatments'
Cusack, PB,Healy, MG,Ryan, PC,Burke, IT,O'Donoghue, LMT,Ujaczki, E,Courtney, R (2018) 'Enhancement of bauxite residue as a low-cost adsorbent for phosphorus in aqueous solution, using seawater and gypsum treatments'. Journal Of Cleaner Production, 179 :217-224 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Plant assays and avoidance tests with collembola and earthworms demonstrate rehabilitation success in bauxite residue'
Finngean, G,O'Grady, A,Courtney, R (2018) 'Plant assays and avoidance tests with collembola and earthworms demonstrate rehabilitation success in bauxite residue'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 25 :2157-2166 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Sustained Bauxite Residue Rehabilitation with Gypsum and Organic Matter 16 years after Initial Treatment'
Bray, AW,Stewart, DI,Courtney, R,Rout, SP,Humphreys, PN,Mayes, WM,Burke, IT (2018) 'Sustained Bauxite Residue Rehabilitation with Gypsum and Organic Matter 16 years after Initial Treatment'. Environmental science & technology, 52 :152-161 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Effectiveness of a constructed wetland for treating alkaline bauxite residue leachate: a 1-year field study'
Higgins, D,Curtin, T,Courtney, R (2017) 'Effectiveness of a constructed wetland for treating alkaline bauxite residue leachate: a 1-year field study'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 24 :8516-8524 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The potential for constructed wetlands to treat alkaline bauxite-residue leachate: Phragmites australis growth'
Higgins, D,Curtin, T,Pawlett, M,Courtney, R (2016) 'The potential for constructed wetlands to treat alkaline bauxite-residue leachate: Phragmites australis growth'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 23 :24305-24315 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The potential for constructed wetlands to treat alkaline bauxite residue leachate: laboratory investigations'
Buckley, R,Curtin, T,Courtney, R (2016) 'The potential for constructed wetlands to treat alkaline bauxite residue leachate: laboratory investigations'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 23 :14115-14122 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Designer ecosystems: A solution for the conservation-exploitation dilemma'
Awasthi, A,Singh, K,O'Grady, A,Courtney, R,Kalra, A,Singh, RP,Cerda, A,Steinberger, Y,Patra, DD (2016) 'Designer ecosystems: A solution for the conservation-exploitation dilemma'. Ecological Engineering, 93 :73-75 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The Potential for Waste-Derived Materials to Form Soil Covers for the Restoration of Mine Tailings in Ireland'
Smart, D,Callery, S,Courtney, R (2016) 'The Potential for Waste-Derived Materials to Form Soil Covers for the Restoration of Mine Tailings in Ireland'. Land Degradation & Development, 27 :542-549 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Assessing metal transfer to vegetation and grazers on reclaimed pyritic Zn and Pb tailings'
Callery, S,Courtney, R (2015) 'Assessing metal transfer to vegetation and grazers on reclaimed pyritic Zn and Pb tailings'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 22 :19764-19772 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'An ecological assessment of rehabilitated bauxite residue'
Courtney, R,Feeney, E,O'Grady, A (2014) 'An ecological assessment of rehabilitated bauxite residue'. Ecological Engineering, 73 :373-379 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Microbial Community Composition in a Rehabilitated Bauxite Residue Disposal Area: A Case Study for Improving Microbial Community Composition'
Courtney, R,Harris, JA,Pawlett, M (2014) 'Microbial Community Composition in a Rehabilitated Bauxite Residue Disposal Area: A Case Study for Improving Microbial Community Composition'. Restoration Ecology, 22 :798-805 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Mine tailings composition in a historic site: implications for ecological restoration'
Courtney, R (2013) 'Mine tailings composition in a historic site: implications for ecological restoration'. Environmental Geochemistry And Health, 35 :79-88 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Bacterial communities established in bauxite residues with different restoration histories'
Schmalenberger A, O'Sullivan O, Gahan J, Cotter PD, Courtney R (2013) 'Bacterial communities established in bauxite residues with different restoration histories'. Environmental science & technology, 47 (13):7110-7119 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'The seed bank in soil from the nests of grassland ants in a unique limestone grassland community in Ireland'
O'Grady, A,Breen, J,Harrington, TJ,Courtney, R (2013) 'The seed bank in soil from the nests of grassland ants in a unique limestone grassland community in Ireland'. Ecological Engineering, 61 :58-64 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Indicators of soil formation in restored bauxite residues'
Courtney, R,Harrington, T,Byrne, KA (2013) 'Indicators of soil formation in restored bauxite residues'. Ecological Engineering, 58 :63-68 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'GROWTH AND NUTRITION OF HOLCUS LANATUS IN BAUXITE RESIDUE AMENDED WITH COMBINATIONS OF SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AND GYPSUM'
Courtney, R,Harrington, T (2012) 'GROWTH AND NUTRITION OF HOLCUS LANATUS IN BAUXITE RESIDUE AMENDED WITH COMBINATIONS OF SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AND GYPSUM'. Land Degradation & Development, 23 :144-149 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Gypsum amendment of alkaline bauxite residue - Plant available aluminium and implications for grassland restoration'
Courtney, R,Kirwan, L (2012) 'Gypsum amendment of alkaline bauxite residue - Plant available aluminium and implications for grassland restoration'. Ecological Engineering, 42 :279-282 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Nematode Assemblages in Bauxite Residue with Different Restoration Histories'
Courtney, R; Keith, AM; Harrington, T (2011) 'Nematode Assemblages in Bauxite Residue with Different Restoration Histories'. Restoration Ecology, 19 :758-764 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Macro-arthropod succession in grassland growing on bauxite residue'
Courtney, R; O'Neill, N; Harrington, T; Breen, J (2010) 'Macro-arthropod succession in grassland growing on bauxite residue'. ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, 36 (12):1666-1671 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Assessment of plant-available phosphorus in a fine textured sodic substrate'
Courtney, R; Harrington, T (2010) 'Assessment of plant-available phosphorus in a fine textured sodic substrate'. ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, 36 (4):542-547 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Use of Germination and Seedling Performance Bioassays for Assessing Revegetation Strategies on Bauxite Residue'
Courtney, R; Mullen, G (2009) 'Use of Germination and Seedling Performance Bioassays for Assessing Revegetation Strategies on Bauxite Residue'. WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION, 197 (1-4):15-22 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHANGES IN BAUXITE RESIDUE FOLLOWING APPLICATION OF SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AND GYPSUM'
Courtney, RG; Jordan, SN; Harrington, T (2009) 'PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHANGES IN BAUXITE RESIDUE FOLLOWING APPLICATION OF SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AND GYPSUM'. LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT, 20 (5):572-581 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'METAL UPTAKE IN LOLIUM PERENNE ESTABLISHED ON SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AMENDED LEAD-ZINC TAILINGS'
Jordan, SN; Mullen, GJ; Courtney, RG (2009) 'METAL UPTAKE IN LOLIUM PERENNE ESTABLISHED ON SPENT MUSHROOM COMPOST AMENDED LEAD-ZINC TAILINGS'. LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT, 20 (3):277-282 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'An Evaluation of Revegetation Success on Bauxite Residue'
Courtney, R; Mullen, G; Harrington, T (2009) 'An Evaluation of Revegetation Success on Bauxite Residue'. RESTORATION ECOLOGY, 17 (3):350-358 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Utilization of spent mushroom compost for the revegetation of lead-zinc tailings: Effects on physico-chemical properties of tailings and growth of Lolium perenne'
Jordan, SN; Mullen, GJ; Courtney, RG (2008) 'Utilization of spent mushroom compost for the revegetation of lead-zinc tailings: Effects on physico-chemical properties of tailings and growth of Lolium perenne'. BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, 99 (17):8125-8129 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Application of high copper and zinc compost and its effects on soil properties and growth of barley'
Courtney, R; Mullen, G (2008) 'Application of high copper and zinc compost and its effects on soil properties and growth of barley'. COMMUNICATIONS IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT ANALYSIS, 39 (1-2):82-95 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Evaluation of mehlich 3 for extraction of copper and zinc from irish grassland soils and for prediction of herbage content'
Brennan, D; Coulter, B; Mullen, G; Courtney, R (2008) 'Evaluation of mehlich 3 for extraction of copper and zinc from irish grassland soils and for prediction of herbage content'. COMMUNICATIONS IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT ANALYSIS, 39 (13-14):1943-1962 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Soil quality and barley growth as influenced by the land application of two compost types'
Courtney, RG; Mullen, GJ (2008) 'Soil quality and barley growth as influenced by the land application of two compost types'. BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, 99 (8):2913-2918 [DOI] [Details]
2005 'Reclamation of fine fraction bauxite processing residue (red mud) amended with coarse fraction residue and gypsum'
Courtney, RG; Timpson, JP (2005) 'Reclamation of fine fraction bauxite processing residue (red mud) amended with coarse fraction residue and gypsum'. WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION, 164 (1-4):91-102 [DOI] [Details]
2004 'Nutrient status of vegetation grown in alkaline bauxite processing residue amended with gypsum and thermally dried sewage sludge - A two year field study'
Courtney, RG; Timpson, JP (2004) 'Nutrient status of vegetation grown in alkaline bauxite processing residue amended with gypsum and thermally dried sewage sludge - A two year field study'. PLANT AND SOIL, 266 (1-2):187-194 [Details]
2003 'Growth of Trifolium pratense in Red Mud amended with process sand, Gypsum and thermally dried sewage sludge'
Courtney R., Timpson J.P., Grennan E. (2003) 'Growth of Trifolium pratense in Red Mud amended with process sand, Gypsum and thermally dried sewage sludge'. International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment, 17 (4):227-233 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2013 ICSOBA, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Courtney, R., Curtin, T., Fleming, L. and Buckley, R. (2013) Preliminary evaluation of a constructed wetland for treating alkaline red mud leachate at Aughinish, Ireland ICSOBA, Krasnoyarsk, Russia [Details]
2012 22nd Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium
Feeney, E. O Grady, A. Courtney, R. (2012) Use of soil organism activity to assess sustainability in rehabilitated industrial residue in Ireland 22nd Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]
2011 International Seminar On Bauxite Residue (Red Mud), Goa, India
Courtney, R. and Harrington, T. (2011) Restoration strategies for bauxite residue: A case study of Aughinish Alumina, Ireland International Seminar On Bauxite Residue (Red Mud), Goa, India [Details]
2010 European Society for Ecological Restoration, Avignon, France
Courtney, R. and Harrington, T. (2010) Ecological restoration of grassland on alkaline, sodic industrial residue European Society for Ecological Restoration, Avignon, France [Details]
2009 Annual Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore
Jordan, S.N., Mullen, G.J. and Courtney, R. (2009) A greenhouse trial on the effects of spent mushroom compost on the microaggregate fraction of lead-zinc tailings Annual Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore [Details]
2009 19th Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium
Jordan, S.N., Mullen, G.J. and Courtney, R. (2009) A greenhouse trial on the effects of spent mushroom compost on the microaggregate fraction of lead-zinc tailings 19th Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]
2006 9th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings
Courtney, R. (2006) Rehabilitation of red mud tailings produced at the Aughinish Alumina Refinery 9th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings [Details]
2005 Agricultural Research Forum, Annual Meeting
o Courtney, R. and Mullen, G. (2005) Application of immature industrial compost to soil and its effect on soil properties and barley growth Agricultural Research Forum, Annual Meeting [Details]
2002 11th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium
Courtney, R. and Timpson, J. (2002) Establishing a vegetation Cover on Red Mud under Field Conditions 11th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]