Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: David

Contact Surname: Bourke

Contact Address:

Botany, and Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 87 2439480

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Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Dublin, Trinity College

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
My research is concerned with the spatial pattern and process of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the potential impacts of short- to long-term global environmental change. I use an integrated approach to study a range of ecological topics at a range of scales, from small scale plant-soil interactions in grassland ecosystems, to landscape scale changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services due to land-use change, to regional and continental scale impacts of climate change on the spatial distribution of biodiversity. I have considerable expertise in the area of global environmental change and biodiversity. This has resulted in the creation of a state-of-the-art ecological modelling framework (e.g. species distribution modelling, niche similarity and overlap, etc) for Ireland and Europe, having applications in climate change impacts, conservation biogeography, land-use change, and invasion ecology. I also undertake research in agro-ecology, with recent work focused on the effects of land-use change (e.g. replacement of conventional crops with bioenergy crops) on a variety of plant and insect taxonomic groups. In particular my work employs landscape metrics to examine the effects of surrounding landscape structure (composition and configuration) and the role of semi-natural habitats in the conservation of biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem services, climate change, land-use change, agriculture, invasive alien species, conservation, biogeography, species distribution models, niche overlap, bioenergy crops, wind energy, botany, soil nutrients, phosphorus, landscape ecology, landscape composition, landscape configuration, landscape metrics, semi-natural habitats, pollinators, global environmental change, grasslands

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

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

 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

 Moving towards Reliable Decadal Climate Predictions

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

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

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

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

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Smart cities and communities

 Energy Efficiency

 Mobility for growth

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

In 2012 I joined a four year COST Action (Irish national representative) called HarmBio (Harmonising Global Biodiversity Modelling) which aims to harmonise current models and datasets of terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity to improve the reliability of future projections of biodiversity change under various policy options enabling environmental decision making. This Action will feed directly into the new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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

ITAES Project (EU FP6, Nov 2005 – Jan 2007). As a Research Officer I evaluated the environmental performance of agri-environmental schemes (AES) in ten case study areas across the EU, as part of the EU 6th Framework funded ITAES (Integrated Tools to Design and Implement Agri-Environmental Schemes) project. My work involved the development and implementation of an expert based methodology to evaluate the performance of AES against European level environmental objectives (towards biodiversity, habitat, soil and water protection). The overall aim was to provide a formal approach to the design and evaluation of AES across the EU.

LIFE and COST Actions

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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


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

HarmBio COST Action

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