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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 Type: Higher Education Organisation
Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Dublin, Trinity College
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Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.tcd.ie/Botany/research/stout/people-dave.php
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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
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This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:
Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change
Moving towards Reliable Decadal Climate Predictions
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This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:
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
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
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Sustainable food security
Smart cities and communities
Mobility for growth
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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).
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.
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