Current Research Interests and Selected Projects
Contaminant fate, transport and behaviour issues associated with contaminanted groundwater, and sorption and precipitation of contamiants in soils/sediments and other geological materials, particularly in weathered environments:
- - A series of studies on the fate and transport of uranium, mercury and other contaminants at the Field Research Center and other areas on the Oak Ridge Reservation, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA http://www.esd.ornl.gov/orifrc/. Funded by a contract with the US Dept. of Energy and a William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) user facility grant at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/.
- - Study of the distribution of heavy metals and associated contaminants on and around a former silver mine site in Galway, Ireland.
- - Arsenic in groundwater and traditionally cooked rice in Cambodia.
Ecological Engineering and Water Resources Management:
- - Removal of phosphorus and natural hormones in a constructed wetland used to treat dairy waste water. Collaboration with Biological Sciences (QUB) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland (DARDNI) http://www.dardni.gov.uk/.
- - Monitoring sediment changes upstream and downstream of the Altnahinch Dam in the River Bush in Northern Ireland in conjuction. Collaboration with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)
- - Mangrove reestablishment to protect coastal areas susceptible to sea-level Rise (Mangrove density impacts on sediment accretion, nutrients and biogeochemistry in Puttalam Lagoon, Sri Lanka). Collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University, US Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center, Univ. Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.
- - Linking watershed terrain and hydrology to soil chemical properties, microbial communities and impacts on soil organic C in a humid mid-latitude forested watershed. Collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Performance of Landfill Caps and Liners:
- - Impact of climate and settling on long-term performance of capping material for nuclear waste disposal and management of contaminated land sites. Funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in collaboration with Nexia Solutions. NDA http://www.nda.gov.uk/
Soil and Groundwater Remediation:
- - The 10 year performance evaluation of the Monkstown, Northern Ireland zero-valent iron PRB. Collaboration with Golder Associates, Flemish Institute for technological research (VITO), and the Environment Agency http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
- - Uranium sequestration in a previously bioreduced subsurface in response to invasion of nitrate containing groundwater at DOE Oak Ridge IFRC site. Collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford University, Hong Kong University and Peking University.
- Sigma Xi International Honor Society of Research Scientists and Engineers
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society
- European Microscopical Society
- Mineralogical Society
- Geochemical Society
|Dr. Debra Phillips is a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering (July, 2008) in the Environmental Engineering Research Centre where she held the previous post of Environment Agency Lecturer from 2005-2008. Before joining Queen's University of Belfast in March 2005, she worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA) on studies dealing with the technology and long-term performance of permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) and the fate and transport of contaminants (mainly uranium) in saprolite and fractured bedrock. From her background in Soil Science (Pedology), she has brought a wide range of field experience and analytical skills to Environmental Engineering that have made valuable contributions to understanding the processes that affect the longevity of reactive media in PRBs and fate and transport of contaminants in soils and weathered geological materials. As a Soil Scientist she has worked at the university level and with the United State Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) mapping soils as a field Soil Scientist. Her research is interdisciplinary and ranges from national to international level in both Environmental Engineering and Soil Science.|
Current Teaching Duties at QUB
I have also developed a post-graduate training session for PhD students on Tips on How to Write and Publish Journal Articles in Science and Engineering.
Previous Teaching Duties at QUB
- Early online date
Mangrove density impacts on surface sediment accretion, belowground biomass and biogeochemistry in Puttalam Lagoon, Sri Lanka
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1520-5851
American Chemical Society
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 6.26 SJR 2.538 SNIP 1.889
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1537-2537
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.51 SJR 1.049 SNIP 1.15
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1879-1026
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 5.09 SJR 1.621 SNIP 1.849
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1432-0495
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 7.49 SJR 2.629 SNIP 2.558
Activity: Examination › PhD external examination
Activity: Membership › Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel
Activity: Membership › Membership of peer review panel or committee
Prize: Other distinction
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities