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Brian Tobin

Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 2

School of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine
1.42
Forestry
Agriculture and Food Science Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4.

Tel: +353 1 716 7352
Email: brian.tobin@ucd.ie

Biography

I received my degree in Forestry from University College Dublin in 1999. Following which I worked on a research masters with Prof J. Gardiner investigating the early root development of planted ash in commercial forest plantations. Having finished the M.Agr.Sc. in 2001, I began work on a Ph.D. with the CARBiFOR project which set out to assess C-stocks in the major Irish forest type. With Prof. M. Nieuwenhuis, the forestry-based Work Group focused on biomass allocation within a chronosequence of Sitka spruce in the midlands. This work included the development of biomass expansion factors and allometric biomass equations, basic density measurements from tree stems as well as from belowground large roots and carbon content assessments.

In 2007, with funding from COFORD, CARBiFOR II was initiated to expand the scope of the original project to further species (including ash, oak, larch and lodgepole pine) and soils, as well as covering coarse woody deadwood and its breakdown and decomposition. I co-ordinated and worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on this project.

I now work as a Research Fellow coordinating the CForRep project and within Work Package 3 examining the impact of disturbance on forest deadwood carbon pools.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Society of Irish Foresters, Function/Role: Co-Editor and Technical member
         

Employment

Employer: UCD
Position: Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Education

Year 1996 Institution: UCD
Qualification: BAgrSc (Forestry) Subject: Forestry
Year 2001 Institution: UCD
Qualification: MAgrSc Subject: Root development in planted ash stands
Year 2006 Institution: UCD
Qualification: PhD Subject: Carbon sequestration in Sitka spruce in Ireland
 

Consultancy

Client: Dr Kevin Black, Forest Environmental Research Services Ltd.
Client: Dr Declan Little, Irish Forest Certification Initiative Ltd.
 

Journals Edited

Irish Forestry: Editor.
Canadian Journal Of Forest Research: Reviewer.
Forestry: Reviewer.
Trees: Structure And Function: Reviewer.
International Journal Of Forestry Research: Reviewer.
 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Tobin, B., Black, K., Nieuwenhuis, M. and Gardiner, J.; (2006) 'Biomass Expansion Factors and Forest Biomass C Stores' In: Tobin, B., Black, K., Nieuwenhuis, M. and Gardiner, J.; (eds). Carbon Sequestration and Irish Forest Ecosystems. Dublin, Ireland: COFORD. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bosela, M., Petrás, R., Sitková, Z., Priwitzer, T., Pajtík, J., Hlavatá, H., Sedmák, R. and Tobin, B. (2014) 'Possible causes of the recent rapid increase in the radial increment of silver fir in the Western Carpathians'. Environmental Pollution, 184 :211-221. [Details]
Saunders, M., Tobin, B., Black, K., Niewuenhuis, M. and Osborne, B. (2012) 'Thinning effects on the net ecosystem carbon exchange of a Sitka spruce forest are temperature-dependent'. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 157:1-10 . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Olajuyigbe, S., Tobin, B., Gardiner, P. and Nieuwenhuis, M. (2011) 'Stocks and decay dynamics of above- and belowground coarse woody debris in managed Sitka spruce forests in Ireland'. Forest Ecology and Management, 262 (6):1109-1118. [DOI] [Details]
Black, K,Byrne, KA,Mencuccini, M,Tobin, B,Nieuwenhuis, M,Reidy, B,Bolger, T,Saiz, G,Green, C,Farrell, ET,Osborne, B; (2009) 'Carbon stock and stock changes across a Sitka spruce chronosequence on surface-water gley soils'. Forestry, 82 :255-272. [DOI] [Details]
Tobin, B., Cermak, J., Chiatante, D., Danjon, F., Di Orio, A., Dupuy, L., Eshel, A., Jourdan, C., Kalliokoski, T., Laiho, R., Nadezhdina, N., Nicoll, B., Pagés, L., Sande-Silva, J., and Spannos, I. ; (2007) 'Towards developmental modelling of tree root systems'. Plant Biosystems, 141 (3):481-503. [Details]
Tobin, B; Nieuwenhuis, M; ; (2007) 'Biomass expansion factors for Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.) in Ireland'. European Journal Forest Research, 126 :189-196. [Details]
Tobin, B., Black, K., McGurdy, L. and Nieuwenhuis, M.; (2007) 'Estimates of decay rates of components of coarse woody debris in thinned Sitka spruce forests'. Forestry, 80 (4):455-469. [Details]
Black, K; Bolger, T; Davis, P; Nieuwenhuis, M; Reidy, B; Saiz, G; Tobin, B; Osborne, B; ; (2007) 'Inventory and eddy covariance-based estimates of annual carbon sequestration in a Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.) forest ecosystem'. European Journal Forest Research, 126 :167-178. [Details]
Green, C; Tobin, B; OShea, M; Farrell, EP; Byrne, KA; ; (2007) 'Above- and belowground biomass measurements in an unthinned stand of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong) Carr.)'. European Journal Forest Research, 126 :179-188. [Details]
Tobin, B., Black, K., Osborne, B., Reidy, B., Bolger, T. and Nieuwenhuis, M.; (2006) 'Assessment of Allometric Algorithms for Estimating Leaf Biomass, Leaf Area Index and Litter Fall in Different Aged Sitka Spruce Forests'. FORESTRY, 79 (4):453-465. [Details]
Black, K., Tobin, B., Saiz, G., Byrne, K. and B. Osborne.; (2004) 'Improved estimates of biomass expansion factors for Sitka spruce'. Irish Forestry, 61 (1):50-64. [Details]

Other Journals

Tobin, B., Tene, A., Dyckmans, J., Ray, D., Black, K., and Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2011) 'Identifying and examining tree response to drought' Irish Timber and Forestry 20 (2) :24-27. [Details]
Tobin, B. and Nieuwenhuis, M.; (2006) 'When Is a Stump Really Dead?' Irish Timber and Forestry 15 (1) :18-19. [Details]
Tobin, B. and Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2007) 'Mitigation of GHG emissions by forests' Irish Timber and Forestry 16 (3) :31-32. [Details]
Tobin B.; (2002) 'Damage by Ghost Swift Moth to Roots of Ash' Irish Timber and Forestry 11 (4) :12-13. [Details]

Conference Publications

Tene, A., Tobin, B., Dyckmans, J., Ray, D., Black, K. and Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2010) Tree response to severe climatic stress IUFRO 7.01 Adaptation of forest ecosystems to air pollution and climate change [Details]
Olajuyigbe, S., Tobin, B., Gardiner, P. and Nieuwenhuis, M.; (2010) Contribution of belowground coarse woody roots to the soil organic carbon pool COST Action FP0803: (Belowground carbon turnover in European forests): 2nd Management Committee Meeting and Joint Conference titled ¿State of the Arts [Details]
Tene, A., Tobin, B., Ray, D., Black, K., Dyckmans, J. and Nieuwenhuis, M.; (2009) Assessment of tree response to severe climatic occurrences (Poster) EuroDendro 2009 - Annual Conference of Dendrochronologists in Europe Calla Majorca, Spain, , 26-OCT-09 - 30-OCT-09 [Details]
Tene,A., Tobin, B., Dyckmans, J.,Ray, D.,Black, K., Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2009) The growth response of Sitka spruce forest stands to sever drought events AGMET -25 years supporting Agricultural Meteorology in Ireland [Details]
Olajuyigbe, S., Gardiner, P., Tobin, B. and Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2008) Stump survival in commercial plantations in Ireland COST Woody roots and ecosystem services meeting Lisbon, Portugal, , 16-MAY-08 - 20-MAY-08 [Details]
Olajuyigbe, S., Gardiner, P., Tobin, B. and Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2008) Stump survival in commercial Sitka spruce plantations in Ireland (Poster) 9th Student Conference on Conservation Science University of Cambridge, UK, , 25-MAR-08 - 27-MAR-08 [Details]
Tene, A., Tobin, B., Gardiner, P., Olajuyigbe, S., Ray, D., Black, K. and Nieuwenhuis, M.; (2008) Effects of thinning on stand dynamics - a dendro-ecological perspective (Poster) The European Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy Challanges Nancy, France, , 06-NOV-08 - 09-NOV-08 [Details]
Olajuyigbe, S., Gardiner, P., Tobin, B. and Nieuwenhuis, M.; (2008) Stump survival in commercial plantations in Ireland COST Action E38, Woody roots and Ecosystem services [Details]
Black, K., O'Sullivan, O., Farrell, E.P., Saiz, G., Byrne, K, Schmidt, O., Dykmans, J., Tobin, B., Gardiner, J., Nieuwenhuis, M., Dolan, S., Reidy, B., Bolger., T. and Osborne, B.; (2005) Irish Forests ' A dynamic carbon store Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 - Underpinning Industry Development Tullamore, Co Offaly, , 20-SEP-04 - 21-SEP-04 , pp.63-71 [Details]
Byrne, K.A., Saiz, G., Blujdea, V., Black, K., Osborne, B., O' Sullivan, O., Schmidt, O., Dyckmans, J., Tobin, B., Gardiner, J. J., Nieuwenhuis, M., Dolan, S., Reidy, B., Bolger, T. and Farrell, E.P. ; (2005) Soil Carbon ' The Forgotten Pool Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 - Underpinning Industry Development Tullamore, Co Offaly, , 20-SEP-04 - 21-SEP-04 , pp.59-61 [Details]
Black. K., O'Sullivan. O., Farrell, E.P., Saiz, G., Byrne, K., Schmidt, O., Dyckmans, J., Tobin, B., Gardiner, J., Nieuwenhuis, M., Dolan, S., Reidy, B., Bolger, T. & Osborne, B.; (2004) Irish forests ' A dynamic carbon store Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 ' Underpinning Industry Development. Proceedings of the COFORD conference, pp. 63'71 (ISBN 1 902696 46 8) Tullamore, , 20-SEP-04 - 21-SEP-04 , pp.364-375 Available Online [Details]
Byrne, K.A., Saiz, G., Blujdea, V., Black, K., Osborne, B., O' Sullivan, O., Schmidt, O., Dyckmans, J., Tobin, B., Gardiner, J. J., Nieuwenhuis, M., Dolan, S., Reidy, B., Bolger, T. & Farrell, E.P.; (2004) Soil Carbon ' The Forgotten Pool Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 - Underpinning Industry Development Tullamore, Co Offaly, , 20-SEP-04 - 21-SEP-04 [Details]
Tobin, B.; (2007) Forestry as a carbon sink Irish Tillage and Land-Use Society - Spring meeting Lyons Research Farm, Newcastle, [Details]
Tobin, B. and M. Nieuwenhuis; (2006) Evaluating forest coarse-root debris - very difficult! Roots, mycorrhizas and their external mycelia in carbon dynamice in forest soil. COST E38 conference Rovaniemi, Finland, , 09-SEP-06 - 13-SEP-06 [Details]
Tobin, B. and Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2005) Belowground biomass of a Sitka spruce chronosequence in Ireland COST E38 Woody Root Processes - Impact of different tree species Tartu, Estonia, , 05-JUN-05 - 09-JUN-05 [Details]
Nieuwenhuis, M. and Tobin, B. ; (2007) Forest Biomass, Litter and Dead Wood Pools Review Meeting of the CLI-MIT Research Programme Glenview Hotel, , 17-SEP-07 - 18-SEP-07 [Details]
Tobin B. and M. Nieuwenhuis ; (2004) Age related BEFs for Irish Sitka spruce Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 - Underpinning Industry Development 20-21 [Details]
                                       

Presentation

Tobin, B., Gardiner, J. and Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2004) Age-related BEFs for Irish Sitka Spruce. Tullamore, Ireland: Presentation [Details]
Tobin, B. and Nieuwenhuis, M. ; (2004) Equations for Belowground Biomass of Sitka Spruce in Ireland. Thessaloniki, Greece: Presentation [Details]
                                               

Research

Research Interests

Research interests include forest ecosystem research -specifically forest biomass allocation and forest sequestration, woody decomposition (above- and belowground) and dendroclimatology. 

     

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Prof Maarten Nieuwenhuis
Prof Bruce Osborne
Prof Tom Bolger

External Collaborators

Dr Kevin Black, FERS Ltd.
Dr Matt Saunders, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland 
Dr Samuel Olajuyigbe,  Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr Michal Bosela,  Forest Research Institute, Department of Silviculture and Forest Production, Zvolen, Slovakia