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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Colin

Contact Surname: Kelleher

Contact Address:

DBN Herbarium and Plant Molecular Laboratory National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin Dublin 9

Telephone Contact Number: 00353-1-8040326

Fax Contact Number: 00353-1-8360080

Email Address: colin.kelleher@opw.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: State Agency/Goverment Department

Higher Education Organisation Name:

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.botanicgardens.ie/herb/staff.htm#kelleher

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
My research focuses on molecular ecology, which incorporates biogeography, characterization of genetic diversity, genomics and evolution. I am particularly interested in the Irish tree flora and adaptation in forest tree species to climate change. I have experience of genetic mapping and whole genome assembly - for the poplar genome. I also have considerable experience of developing and applying molecular markers for population genetics in a variety of species. I am interested in characterizing genetic variation in wild populations that can potentially be incorporated into breeding applications, e.g. variation in wood formation genes in willow, genetic variation in genes involved in phenology and bud burst. I am also interested in DNA barcoding. Species I work with include terrestrial and freshwater plants: oaks (Quercus spp.), poplars (Populus spp.), willows (Salix spp.), fresh water crowfoot (Ranunculus spp.), saxifrages (Saxifraga spp.).

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Molecular ecology Biogeography Biodiversity Population genetics Genomics Genetic mapping Conservation Evolution Taxonomy DNA barcoding

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

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

 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

I am on the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine advisory committee for a programme on conservation of genetic resources.


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

χNo Climate Change JPI sub-interests specified

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

I was a Project Partner on the EPA funded \\\"Ireland\\\'s National Phenology Network\\\" project, 07-CCRP-2.2.4a.

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

No information specified


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

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

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 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

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

I am co-chair of a EUFORGEN (European Forest Genetic Resources Network) expert panel working group on climate change and forest genetic resources.

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

I received funding from the FP7 Trees4Future project. This is a transnational project setup to share resources. I utilized high-throughput genotyping resources for a project on Scots pine.


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Biodiversity


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

I am the Irish representative on the FPS COST Action FP1202 Strengthening conservation: a key issue for adaptation of marginal/peripheral populations of forest tree to climate change in Europe (MaP-FGR).


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