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Helen Sheridan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Agriculture & Food Science
Agriculture and Food Science
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167010
Email: helen.sheridan@ucd.ie

Biography

June 2010 - Present: Lecturer in Farm Landscape Ecology and Agri-Environmental Policy

Jan 2007 - June 2010: Post Doctoral Researcher with the 'Agri Baseline' research group at University College Dublin.

April 2005 - Dec 2006: Post Doctoral Researche with the 'AgBiota' research group at University College Dublin.

Oct 2001 - March 2005: PhD as a Walsh Fellow based at Teagasc Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford.

Sept 1997 - June 2001: B.Agr.Sc (Agriculture and Environmental Science) University College Dublin.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Environmental Science Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Agricultural Science Association, Function/Role: Council Member
     

Conference Contributions

McMahon, B.J., Sheridan, H., Kinsella, A. and Purvis, P.; (2008) The utilisation of rapid assessment methods in the field to assess bird species richness and diversity is an important objective for the conservation of farmland species. [Oral Presentation], Fifth Irish Ornithological Research Conference, UCC, Cork , 15-NOV-08 - 15-NOV-08.
Purvis, G., Anderson, A., Helden, A.J., McMahon, B.J. and Sheridan, H.; (2009) The policy relevance of Ag-Biota findings regarding farm system effects on biodiversity. [Published Abstract], British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, University of Hertfordshire , 07-SEP-09 - 10-SEP-09.

Committees

Committee : Agricultural Science Programme Board Sub-committee
             

Publications

Books

Anderson, A. and Purvis, G. and Helden, A. and Sheridan, H. (2005) The effect of manipulated conservation margins in intensively grazed dairy paddocks on the biodiversity of Pteromalidae and Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Parasitica). : Wageningen Academic Publishers. [DOI] [Details]
Feehan, J., Sheridan, H. and Egan, D. (2012) The Grasses of Ireland. Carlow: Teagasc. [Details]

Book Chapters

Sheridan, H. (2016) 'The importance of grasses: past, present and future' In: O'Connell, M (eds). Cattle in Ancient and Modern Ireland: Farming Practices, Environment and Economy. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publisher. [Details]
Purvis, G., Downey, L., Beever, D., Doherty, M. L., Monahan, F. J., Sheridan, H. & McMahon, B.J.; (2012) 'Development of a Sustainably-Competitive Agriculture' In: Lichtfouse, E (eds). Sustainable Agriculture Reviews. Berlin: Springer. , pp.35-65 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Sheridan, H., Purvis, G., O'Donovan, G.; (2009) 'The ecological values and functions of grassland field margins' In: Schroder, H.G (eds). Grasslands: Ecology, Management and Restoration. USA: Nova publishers. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Ó hUallacháin, D., Anderson, A., Fritch, R., McCormack, S., Sheridan, H. and Finn, J.A. (2013) 'A comparison of field margin establishment methods and impacts on hymenopteran parasitoid communities'. Aspects of Applied Biology, 118 :109-118. [Details]
Anderson, A., Carnus, T., Helden, A., Sheridan, H., Purvis, G. (2013) 'The influence of conservation field margins in intensively managed grazing land on communities of five arthropod trophic groups'. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6 (3):201-211. [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Sheridan, H., Anderson, A., Carnus, T., & Purvis, G. (2013) 'Regional and farm system drivers of avian biodiversity within agriculture ecosystems'. Aspects of Applied Biology, 121 :203-212. Link to full text [Details]
Ó hUallacháin, D., Anderson, A., Fritch, R., McCormack, S., Sheridan, H. and Finn, J.A. (2014) 'Field margins: a comparison of establishment methods and effects on hymenopteran parasitoid communities'. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 7 :289-307. [Details]
T. Moloney, E. G. O¿Riordan, H. Sheridan and P. O¿Kiely (2015) 'The effects of defoliating grass in winter or spring on herbage yields and ensilage characteristics'. Grass and Forage Science, . [Details]
Ó hUallacháin, D., Finn, J.A., Keogh, B., Fritch, R., Sheridan, H. (2016) 'Assessment of selected agri-environment measures for the conservation of grassland habitats on Irish farmland'. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 55 (2):176-191. [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Purvis, G., Sheridan, H., Parnell, A (2017) 'A novel method for quantifying overdispersion in count data with application to farmland birds'. Ibis, 159 (2):406-414. [Details]
Sheridan, H., Keogh, B., Anderson, A., Carnus, T., McMahon, B., Green, S., Purvis, G. (2017) 'Farmland habitat diversity in Ireland'. Land Use Policy, 63 :206-213. [Details]
Fritch, R., Sheridan, H., Finn, J.A., McCormack, S., Ó hUallacháin (2017) 'Effects of reduction of grazing pressure and establishment method on the above ground invertebrate communities in experimental grassland field margins'. Ecology and Evolution, . [DOI] [Details]
Sheridan, H,Finn, JA,Culleton, N,O'Donovanc, G; (2008) 'Plant and invertebrate diversity in grassland field margins'. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 123 :225-232. [DOI] [Details]
Sheridan, H,Finn, JA,O'Donovan, G; (2009) 'BOTANICAL REJUVENATION OF FIELD MARGINS AND BENEFITS FOR INVERTEBRATE FAUNA ON A DRYSTOCK FARM IN COUNTY LONGFORD'. Biology and Environment, 109B :95-106. [DOI] [Details]
Helden, AJ,Anderson, A,Sheridan, H,Purvis, G; (2010) 'The role of grassland sward islets in the distribution of arthropods in cattle pastures'. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 3 :291-301. [DOI] [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Anderson, A., Carnus, T., Helden, A.J., Kelly-Quinn, M., Maki, A., Sheridan, H. & Purvis, G. (2012) 'Different bioindicators measured at different spatial scales vary in their response to agricultural intensity'. Ecological Indicators, 18:676-683 . Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Sheridan, H., McMahon, B.J., Carnus, T., Finn, J.A., Helden, A.J., Kinsella, A. & Purvis, G. ; (2011) 'Pastoral farmland habitat diversity in south-east Ireland'. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 144 :130-135. [DOI] [Details]
Fritch, RA,Sheridan, H,Finn, JA,Kirwan, L,O Huallachain, D; (2011) 'Methods of enhancing botanical diversity within field margins of intensively managed grassland: a 7-year field experiment'. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48 :551-560. [DOI] [Details]
Helden, A.J., Anderson, A., Sheridan, H. and Purvis, G. ; (2010) 'The role of grassland sward islets in the distribution of arthropods in cattle pastures'. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 3 :291-301. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Helden, A., Anderson, A., Sheridan, H., Kinsella, A., Purvis, G.,; (2010) 'Interactions between livestock systems and biodiversity in South-East Ireland'. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, (139):232-238. [DOI] [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Sheridan, H.Kinsella, A., Purvis, G.; (2010) 'An assessment of bird species within Irish agricultural landscapes using the Field Boundary Evaluation and Grading System'. Bird Study, 57 :108-115. [DOI] [Details]
Anderson, A, Helden, A., Carnus, T., Gleeson, R, Sheridan, H, McMahon, B.J,. Melling, J., Lovic, Y., Purvis, G. ; (2008) 'Arthropod biodiversity of agricultural grassland in south and east Ireland: Introduction, sampling sites and araneae'. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society, (32):142-159. [Details]
Anderson, A., Helden, A., Purvis, G., Kirwan, L., & Sheridan, H. ; (2005) 'Assessing indicators of biodiversity in agricultural grasslands - some preliminary results from monitoring grassland arthropods and experimental conservation field margins'. THE IRISH JOURNAL OF AGRi-ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, 4 :51-66. [Details]
Anderson, A., McCormack, S., Helden, A., Sheridan, H., Kinsella, A. & Purvis, G.; (2011) 'The potential of parasitoid Hymenoptera as bioindicators of arthropod diversity in agricultural grasslands'. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48 :382-390. [Details]
Sheridan, H., Finn, J.A., O'Donovan, G.; (2009) 'Botanical rejuvenation of field margins within grassland and benefits for invertebrate fauna'. BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT-PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, 109B (2):95-106. [Details]
Sheridan, H., Finn, J.A., O'Donovan, G.; (2009) 'Diversity of Syrphidae (Diptera) on two Irish grassland farms'. Tearmann ¿ the Irish Journal of Agri-Environmental Research, 6 :69-82. [Details]
Helden, A. J., Sheridan, H.; (2006) 'An Irish population of the little-known planthopper Paraliburnia clypealis (Hom., Delphacidae) in a very unexpected habitat'. IRISH NATURALISTS JOURNAL, 28 :232-239. [Details]
Sheridan, H., Glynn, E., O' Donovan, G., Culleton, N; (2003) 'Responses of experimental grassland field margin communities to reduced fertiliser application'. TEARMANN, 3 :77-86. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Denniston, H., Sheridan, H. and Finn, J.A (2015) Developing methodology for habitat assessment on Irish grassland farm Teagasc Biodiversity Conference 2015 [Details]
Gonbour, M., Doody, D., Ó hUallacháin, D., Sheridan, H. and Burgess, D (2015) Targeting AES payments for terrestrial ecosystem services to address the favourable conservation status of priority freshwater aquatic ecology Catchment Science 2015 [Details]
Grace, C., Sheridan, H., Boland, T.M., Fritch, R., Kirwan, L., and Lynch, M.B. (2015) The production potential of multispecies swards at varying annual nitrogen inputs in the establishment year Agricultural Research Forum [Details]
Larkin, J., Sheridan, H., Finn, J.A., Ryan, M. and Ó hUallacháin, D. (2015) Ecological Focus Areas on intensively managed farmland Farmland conservation with 2020 vision [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Sheridan, H., Anderson, A., Carnus, T., & Purvis, G. (2015) Regional and farm system drivers of avian biodiversity within agriculture ecosystems British Ecological Society-Agricultural Ecology Annual Conference , 15-APR-15 - 16-APR-15 [Details]
Moloney, T., Sheridan, H., O¿Riordan, E.G., O¿Kiely (2016) Nitrogen fertilisation effects on multi-species and Lolium perenne yields and composition under silage management 26th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, Norway [Details]
Larkin, J., Sheridan, H., Finn, J.A., Ryan, M. and Ó hUallacháin, D (2016) Ecological focus areas National Tillage Conference [Details]
Grace, C., Boland, T.M., Fritch, R., Sheridan, H., Lynch, M.B. (2016) The effect of grazing multispecies swards on lamb performance 26th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Anderson, A., Carnus, T., Helden, A., Sheridan, H., & Purvis, G; (2011) How does animal stocking rate influence agricultural grassland biodiversity when measured at different scales? Conserving Farmland Biodiversity: Lessons learned & future prospects. Teagasc Biodiversity Conference , 25-MAY-11 - 26-MAY-11 , pp.78-79 [Details]
Carnus, T., Anderson, A., Breen, J., McMahon, B. J., Santorum, V., Sheridan, H. & Purvis, G.; (2011) Probability of pollinator occurrence increases with duration of AES participation and floral diversity Conserving Farmland Biodiversity: Lessons learned & future prospects, Teagasc Biodiversity Conference Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford, , 25-MAY-11 - 26-MAY-11 , pp.52-53 [Details]
Sheridan, H., Keogh, B., Anderson, A., Carnus, T., McMahon, B., Green, S. & Purvis, G.; (2011) Habitats in the irish farmed landscape Conserving Farmland Biodiversity: Lessons learned & future prospects. Teagasc Biodiversity Conference , 25-MAY-11 - 26-MAY-11 , pp.32-33 [Details]
Purvis, G., Anderson, A., Helden, A.J., McMahon, B.J. and Sheridan, H. ; (2009) The policy relevance of Ag-Biota findings regarding farm system effects on biodiversity British Ecological Society Annual Meeting [Details]
Purvis, G., Anderson, A., Helden, A.J., McMahon, B.J. and Sheridan, H. ; (2009) The policy relevance of Ag-Biota findings regarding farm system effects on biodiversity [Published Abstract]; University of Hertfordshire , 07-SEP-09 - 10-SEP-09 British Ecological Society Annual Meeting [Details]
McMahon, B.J., Sheridan, H., Kinsella, A. & Purvis, G.; (2008) Rapid assessment of bird species richness and diversity within agricultural landscapes using the Field Boundary Fifth Irish Ornithological Research Conference [Details]
Anderson, A., Helden, A.J., Purvis, G., Sheridan, H; (2005) The effect of manipulated conservation margins on the biodiversity of Pteromalidae and Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Parasitica) in intensively grazed dairy paddocks Pastoral systems in marginal environments. Satellite workshop of the XX International Grasslands Congress. Glasgow [Details]
Anderson, A., Helden, A., Purvis, G., Sheridan, H.; (2005) The effect of manipulated conservation margins in intensively grazed dairy paddocks on the biodiversity of Pteromalidae and Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Parasitica) Pastoral systems in marginal environments. Proceedings of a satellite workshop of the XXth International Grassland Congress , pp.153 [Details]
Fritch, R., Sheridan, H., O hUallachain, D., Finn, J., Feehan, J. ; (2009) Measuring biodiversity of grassland field margins 19th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]
Fritch, R., Sheridan, H., O hUallachain, D., Finn, J., Feehan, J. ; (2009) Enhancing plant diversity within field margins in intensive grassland The Agricultural Research Forum [Details]
Sheridan, H., Kinsella, A.; (2009) Management drivers of habitat structure and quality on pastoral farms in S.E. Ireland Annual Meeting of the British Ecological Society [Details]
Fritch, R., Sheridan, H., O hUallachain, D., Finn, J., Feehan, J. ; (2008) Methods to enhance biodiversity within faield margins in grassland farming systems 18th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]
Fritch, R., Sheridan, H., O hUallachain, D., Finn, J., Feehan, J. ; (2008) Enhancing plant diversity within intensive grassland using experimental field margins Annual Meeting of the British Ecological Society [Details]
Fritch, R., Sheridan, H., O hUallachain, D., Finn, J., Feehan, J. ; (2008) Measuring arthropod diversity within experimental field margin plots 18th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]
O hUallachain, D., Sheridan, H., Harrison, S., Finn, J.; (2007) An evaluation of existing and potential measures to sustain an increased biodiversity and water quality on Irish Farms 17th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium [Details]
Anderson, ., Mc Cormack, S., Helden, A., Sheridan, H., Purvis, G; (2006) Potential of parasitic Hymenoptera as bioindicators in Irish agricultural grasslands Royal Entomological Society Annual Meeting [Details]
O hUallachain, D., Finn, J., Sheridan, H., Harrison, S; (2006) An evaluation of existing and potential measures to sustain an increased biodiversity and water quality on Irish farms National REPS Conference, REPS 4 - New Challenges [Details]
Sheridan, H., O' Donovan, G., Culleton, N.; (2006) Field margin habitats as a means of increasing biodiversity in the farmed landscape Agricultural Research Forum [Details]
Mc Cormack, S., Anderson, A., Sheridan, H., Purvis, G.; (2006) Influence of management practices on parasitic hymenoptera of agricultural grasslands in Southeastern Ireland Royal Entomological Society Annual Meeting University of Bath, UK, [Details]
Anderson, A., Helden, A., Purvis, G., Sheridan, H.; (2005) The effect of manipulated conservation margins in intensively grazed dairy paddocks on the biodiversity of Pteromalidae and Braconidad (Hymenoptera: parasitica) XX International Grassland Congress [Details]
Sheridan, H; (2004) Creation, rejuvenation and management of field margins National REPS Conference [Details]
Sheridan, H., Culleton, N., O'Donovan, G.; (2004) Management techniques to promote botanical diversity of grassland field margins Agricultural Research Forum [Details]

Published Reports

Feehan, J., Bannon, E., Gaffey, J., Keena, C., McAdam, J., Pedlow, A., Sheridan, H. ; (2011) Biodiversity as a Resource in Agriculture and Rural Development. National Rural Network, Ireland. [Details]
Purvis G., Anderson, A., Baars, J-R., Bolger, T., Breen, J., Connolly, J., Curry, J.P., Doherty, P., Doyle, M., Finn, J., Geijzendorffer, I., Helden, A., Kelly-Quinn, M., Kennedy, T., Kirwan, L., McDonald, J., McMahon, B.J., Miksche, D., Santorum, V., Schmidt, O., Sheehan C. & Sheridan, H. ; (2009) Biodiversity - Monitoring, Functional Significance and Management for the Maintenance and Economic Utilisation of Biodiversity in the Intensively Farmed Landscape; Full Final Research Report (2001-CD/B1-M1); Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin; 401 pp. Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. [Details]
Purvis G., Anderson, A., Baars, J-R., Bolger, T., Breen, J., Connolly, J., Curry, J.P., Doherty, P., Doyle, M., Finn, J., Geijzendorffer, I., Helden, A., Kelly-Quinn, M., Kennedy, T., Kirwan, L., McDonald, J., McMahon, B.J., Miksche, D., Santorum, V., Schmidt, O., Sheehan C. & Sheridan, H. ; (2009) Ag-Biota: Biodiversity - Monitoring, Functional Significance and Management for the Maintenance and Economic Utilisation of Biodiversity in the Intensively Farmed Landscape: Synthesis Research Report (2001-CD/B1-M1); STRIVE Report Series no. 21; 63 pp. Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. Available Online [Details]
                                       

Abstract

Sheridan, H., Culleton, N., O' Donovan, G; (2004) The Syrphidae (Diptera) of Irish grasslands as biological indicators. Abstract [Details]
Sheridan, H., Culleton, N., O' Donovan, G; (2002) Field margin management to enhance biodiversity on grazing land. Abstract [Details]
                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

My research interests include the potential role of multi species grasslands in agriculture and the design and implementation of agri-environmental policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : An Assessment of Farm Practices around the Management of Upland Grazing Areas
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-11 / 30-JUN-13
   

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Gordon Purvis, School of Agriculture and Food Science UCD (AgBiota and Agri-Baseline projects)
Dr Barry McMahon, School of Agriculture and Food Science UCD (AgBiota and Agri-Baseline projects)
Dr Olaf Schmidt, School of Agriculture and Food Science UCD (AgBiota and Agri-Baseline, SmartGrass projects)
Dr Sharon O' Rourke, School of Agriculture and Food Science UCD (SmartGrass) 
Dr Tommy Boland, School of Agriculture and Food Science UCD (SmartGrass) 
Dr Bridget Lynch, School of Agriculture and Food Science UCD (SmartGrass) 

External Collaborators

Dr John Finn, Teagasc Johnstown (The establishment, management and monitoring of species rich field margins within grass based farming systems; SmartGrass, E-Ruminant; Cost effectiveness of selected agri-environment measures for habitat conservation)
Dr Daire O' hUallachain, Teagasc Johnstown (The establishment, management and monitoring of species rich field margins within grass based farming systems; Targeting payments for ecosystem services to address the favourable conservation status of key freshwater aquatic habitats and species; Cost effectiveness of selected agri-environment measures for habitat conservation)
Dr Donnacha Doody, AFBI (Targeting payments for ecosystem services to address the favourable conservation status of key freshwater aquatic habitats and species)
Dr Diane Burgess, AFBI (Targeting payments for ecosystem services to address the favourable conservation status of key freshwater aquatic habitats and species) 
Prof Phil Jordan, University of Ulster (Targeting payments for ecosystem services to address the favourable conservation status of key freshwater aquatic habitats and species) 
Dr Suzanne Higgins, AFBI (SmartGrass)
Dr Padraig O' Kiely, Teagasc Grange (SmartGrass
Dr Laurence Shalloo (E-Ruminant)