The School of Natural Sciences comprising the departments of Botany, Geography, Geology and Zoology and the Centre for the Environment at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) hosts internationally acclaimed biological, physical and social scientists. The School currently accommodates approximately 40 academic staff, c. 20 postdoctoral research fellows and c. 120 graduate research students. They work to further understanding of the interface between all aspects of environmental change and biological systems. In addition, the socioeconomic consequences of climate change are areas of growing interest within the group. Expertise within the group includes research on bio-geochemicals and their anthropogenic perturbations. In addition, the development of a range of indicators as a monitoring tool to determine the effect of human impacts on the environment is the subject of research. TCD has access to a wide range of micro-meteorological instrumentation and the technical support that will allows energy and greenhouse gas flux measurements in the urban environment. The department has been involved with numerous EU projects, including Greengrass, Carbo-Europe, Nitro-Europe, ENFA, and IMECC.
Floral and macro-invertebrate biodiversity and ecosystem services of legume supported crop systems in Europe.
Abdalla, M., Jones, M., Smith, P. and Williams, M. (2009) Nitrous oxide fluxes and denitrification sensitivity to temperature in Irish pasture soils. Soil Use and Management. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.2009.00237.x
Abdalla, M., Jones, M., Ambus, P. and Williams, M. (2009) Emissions of nitrous oxide from Irish arable soils: effects of tillage and reduced N input. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosytems. DOI: 10.1007/s10705-009-9273-8.
Abdalla M., Wattenbach, M., Smith, P., Ambus, P., Jones, M. and Williams. M. (2009). Application of the DNDC model to predict emissions of N2O from Irish agriculture. Geoderma, 151, 327-337.
Flechard, C.R., Ambus, P., Skiba, U., Rees, R.M., Hensen, A., van den Pol, A., Soussana, J.-F., Jones, M., Clifton-Brown, J., Raschi, A., Horvath, L., van Amstel, A., Neftel, A., Jocher, M., Ammann, C., Fuhrer, J., Calanca, P., Thalman, E., Pilegaard, K., Di Marco, C., Campbell, C., Nemitz, E., Hargreaves, K.J., Levy, P., Ball, B., Jones, S., van de Bulk, W.C.M., Groot, T., Blom, M., Gunnink, H., Kasper, G., Allard, V., Cellier, P., Laville, P., Henault, C., Bizouard, F., Jolivot, D., Abdalla, M., Williams, M., Baronti, S., Berretti, F., Grosz, B. and Domingues, R, Effect of climate and management intensity on nitrous oxide emissions in grassland systems across Europe, Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, 121, (1+2), 2007, p135 – 152
Duffy, K.J., Kingston, N.E., Sayers, B.A., Roberts, D.L. and Stout, J.C. (2008) Inferring national and regional declines of rare orchid species using probabilistic models. Conservation Biology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.01064.x
Stout, J.C, Parnell, J.A.N., Arroyo, J. and Crowe, T.P. (2006) Pollination ecology and seed production of Rhododendron ponticum in native and exotic habitats. Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 755-777.
Goulson, D., Hughes, W.O., Derwent, L.C. and Stout, J.C. (2002) Colony growth of the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, in improved and conventional agricultural and suburban habitats. Oecologia 130:267-273.