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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr. First Name: Ian Surname: Donohue
Contact Address:
School of Natural Sciences, Department of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +35318961356, Fax Contact Number: +35316778094, Email Address: ian.donohue@tcd.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation, Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Dublin, Trinity College, Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:
Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.tcd.ie/Zoology/research/research/donohue/

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
I am a community ecologist and like to use experimental approaches to answer questions about the factors that regulate the structure, stability and functioning of biological networks. The overarching aim of my research is to further our understanding of how key elements of global change alter the functioning and stability of ecosystems. An important goal of my research is to bridge the gaps between theoretical, empirical and applied ecology. My field research focuses mainly on aquatic ecosystems (both marine and freshwater), although more recently my approach to research combines experimental and observational work in the field, laboratory experiments using multitrophic microbial communities and in silico experiments on simulated model communities. The goals of my applied research are to: (i) quantify the impacts of human disturbance on ecosystems; (ii) develop ecological assessment tools that help to identify the level of disturbance rapidly and robustly; and (iii) develop appropriate management strategies that help to enhance the resistance and resilience of biotic communities to disturbance. Most of my applied research focuses on freshwater ecosystems, both tropical and temperate, from small streams, through large lakes to estuaries, deltas and marine coastal shores.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
ecological stability resilience temporal variability community ecology aquatic ecology river lake pond stream delta estuary coastal waters ecological quality ecological status water level fluctuations nutrient enrichment eutrophication monitoring biodiversity extinctions ecosystem functioning nitrogen phosphorus benthic invertebrates africa transitional waters plankton diatoms algae diversity ecosystem tipping points

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

EPA Water Research Pillar; Sustainable Environment Research; Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

→ Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Water

Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

→ Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability
→ Developing safe water systems for the citizens
→ Closing the water cycle gap

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

1. Development of targeted ecological modelling tools for lake management (DOLMANT) The DOLMANT Project aimed to develop lake management tools that integrate the biological, hydromorphological and physiochemical properties of lakes with lake and lake catchment variables to improve and maintain the ecological status of lakes. The project developed lake management tools to assist in creating programmes of measures to meet EU legislation. It was funded through the European Union's European Regional Development Programme, INTERREG IVa. 2. North-South Shared Aquatic Resources (NS-SHARE) The overall objective of the NS-SHARE project was to strengthen inter-regional capacity for environmental monitoring and management at the river basin district level, to improve public awareness and participation in water management issues, and to protect and enhance the aquatic environment and dependent ecosystems. The project was funded by the EU INTERREG IIIA Programme. 3. Water bodies in Europe: Integrative systems to assess ecological status and recovery (WISER) The EU 7th Framework WISER project developed methods for assessing and restoring aquatic ecosystems. 4. Relationships between ecological and chemical status of surface waters (REBECCA) The EU 6th Framework REBECCA project assessed available data to develop new models to improve the scientific basis for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. 5. Key nutrient transport mechanisms important for the prediction of nutrient and phytoplankton concentrations in European standing waters (EU 5th Framework BUFFER Project)

Other areas of expertise (please specify): There is an opportunity here to place the name/codes of the projects or Framework Programme calls which you are specifically interested in being involved in.

Horizon 2020

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

→ Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures
→ Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

→ Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges
→ Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing
→ Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Focus Areas

→ Sustainable food security
→ Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans
→ Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe
→ Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

- Invited expert at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) workshop on “Ecosystem dynamics, tipping points and regime shifts” in February 2014 - Invited expert at the EU Water Framework Directive intercalibration meetings for lake invertebrates in 2008

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

1. Development of targeted ecological modelling tools for lake management (DOLMANT) The DOLMANT Project aimed to develop lake management tools that integrate the biological, hydromorphological and physiochemical properties of lakes with lake and lake catchment variables to improve and maintain the ecological status of lakes. The project developed lake management tools to assist in creating programmes of measures to meet EU legislation. It was funded through the European Union's European Regional Development Programme, INTERREG IVa. 2. North-South Shared Aquatic Resources (NS-SHARE) The overall objective of the NS-SHARE project was to strengthen inter-regional capacity for environmental monitoring and management at the river basin district level, to improve public awareness and participation in water management issues, and to protect and enhance the aquatic environment and dependent ecosystems. The project was funded by the EU INTERREG IIIA Programme. 3. Water bodies in Europe: Integrative systems to assess ecological status and recovery (WISER) The EU 7th Framework WISER project developed methods for assessing and restoring aquatic ecosystems. 4. Relationships between ecological and chemical status of surface waters (REBECCA) The EU 6th Framework REBECCA project assessed available data to develop new models to improve the scientific basis for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. 5. Key nutrient transport mechanisms important for the prediction of nutrient and phytoplankton concentrations in European standing waters (EU 5th Framework BUFFER Project)

LIFE and COST Actions

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:
→ Environment and Resource Efficiency
→ Biodiversity

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:
Cost 634: On- and Off-site Environmental Impacts of Runoff and Erosion (http://www.soilerosion.net/cost634/)