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Florence Renou-Wilson

Project Manager

School Of Biology & Environment Science
Science Centre - West
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162253
Email: florence.renou@ucd.ie

Biography

As a research scientist, my main goal is to understand the workings of natural ecosystems to ultimately provide guidance to stakeholders in the fields of policy, industry, civil society, and natural resource management. The purpose of my research is to consolidate knowledge about climate change and its impacts on ecosystem dynamics and I am dedicated to the transfer of my expertise into action that promotes sustainable practices.


I have been working as a research scientist in UCD since 1998 where I also lecture (Peatlands and Environmental Changes, Environmental Impact Assessment) and is working in collaboration with Irish institutions such as EPA, Coillte, Bord na Móna, Teagasc and NPWS as well as collaborating with other researchers in University of Limerick, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin and Queen's University, and abroad in Scotland, Finland, Germany and France.

 
I am the director of an International Masters Programme in Global Change : Ecosystem Science and Policy, developed between UCD and Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Germany). The philosophy of policy-relevant evidence is the central core of the Masters programme aiming to give
 graduates skills to bridge the gap between science and policy.

 
My current research interests are: the biogeochemical cycles and management of peatlands and organic soils (for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change and for biodiversity; greenhouse gas emissions from peat soils;  peatland forestry; after-use of cutaway peatlands; environmental monitoring and water quality; ecological modelling; appropriate assessment (assessment of impacts on protected areas).

I am a Lead Author for the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change for the Supplement to the 2006 Guidelines on Wetlands. I am also member of the Advisory Group to the Peatland Council set up by the government to assist Ireland to respond to the requirement s of EU and domestic law relating to the protection of important peatland habitats.



Dr Flo Renou-Wilson

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2011.
Title: Prof. Diploma in EIA and SEA management
Year: 1999.
Title: Ingenieur en Agriculture
Year: 1999.
Title: M.Sc.
Year: 2006.
Title: PhD

Associations

Association: Society of Irish Foresters, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Peat Society, Commission VIII, Function/Role: Vice-chairperson
Association: IUFRO, Peatland Research Science Forest Group, Function/Role: Member
Association: Soil Science Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Renou-Wilson, F. (2012) Reviewing committee and chaired session. [Chaired Session], 14th International Peat Congress, Stockholm, Sweden , 05-JUN-12 - 08-JUN-12.
Renou-Wilson, F.; (2008) Organising Committee. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 13th International Peat Congress, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland , 08-JUN-08 - 12-JUN-08.
Renou-Wilson, F.; (2006) Organising Committee. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Environ06, UCD , 30-JAN-06 - 01-FEB-06.
     

Languages

French:
   

Journals Edited

Biomass And Bioenergy : Reviewer.
Restoration Ecology: Reviewer.
Canadian Journal Of Forest Research: Reviewer.
Journal Of Horticultural Science: Reviewer.
Suo: Mires And Peat: Reviewer.
Silva Fennica: Reviewer.
 

Publications

Books

Renou-Wilson, F.; (2011) Optimal practices in the afforestation of cutaway peatlands. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing. [Details]

Book Chapters

Renou-Wilson, F. and K.A. Byrne (2015) 'Irish Peatland Forests: Lessons from the Past and Pathways to a Sustainable Future' In: Stanturf, J.A (eds). Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests. Boca Raton, USA: CRC Press. , pp.321-335 [DOI] [Details]
Blain, D., Murdiyarso, D., Couwenberg, J., Nagata, O., Renou-Wilson, F., Sirin, A., Strack, M., Tuittila, E. S., and Wilson, D. (2014) 'Rewetted organic soils' In: Hiraishi, T., Krug, T., Tanabe, K., Srivastava, N., Baasansuren, J., Fukuda, M., and Troxler, T. G (eds). 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands. Switzerland: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Available Online [Details]
Renou, F. & Farrell, E.P.; (2005) 'Reclaiming peatlands for forestry: the Irish Experience' In: Renou, F. & Farrell, E.P.; (eds). Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests. Boca Raton: CRC Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Feehan, J., O'Donovan, G., Renou-Wilson, F. and Wilson, D (Ed.). (2008) The bogs of Ireland - an introduction to the natural, cultural and industrial heritage of Irish peatlands. Dublin: University College Dublin. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Barry, C D, Renou-Wilson, F, WIlson, D, Müller, C, Foy, R H (2016) 'Magnitude, form and bioavailability of fluvial carbon exports from Irish organic soils under pasture'. Aquatic Sciences, 78 :541-560. [DOI] [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F, Müller, C, Moser, G, WIlson, D (2016) 'To graze or not to graze? Four years greenhouse gas balances and vegetation composition from a rained and a rewetted organic soil under grassland'. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Enviroment, 222 :156-170. [DOI] [Details]
David Wilson, Catherine Farrell, David Fallon, Gerald Moser, Christoph Müller and Florence Renou-Wilson (2016) 'Multi-year greenhouse gas balances at a rewetted temperate peatland'. Global Change Biology, . [DOI] [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Müller, C., Moser, G. and Wilson, D. (2016) 'To graze or not to graze: comparing 4 years GHG balances and vegetation from a temperate drained and a rewetted organic soil under grassland'. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 222 (156-170). [DOI] [Details]
D. Wilson, D. Blain, J. Couwenberg, C.D. Evans, D. Murdiyarso, S.E. Page, F. Renou-Wilson, J.O. Rieley, A. Sirin, M. Strack and E.-S. Tuittila (2016) 'Greenhouse gas emission factors associated with rewetting of organic soils'. Mires and Peatlands, 17 (04):1-28. Available Online [Details]
C. D. Barry, F. Renou-Wilson, D. Wilson, C. Mueller, R. H. Foy (2016) 'Magnitude, form and bioavailability of fluvial carbon exports from Irish organic soils under pasture'. Aquatic Sciences, 78 :541-560. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Evans, C.D., Renou-Wilson, F. and Strack, M. (2016) 'The role of waterborne carbon in the greenhouse gas balance of drained and re-wetted peatlands'. Aquatic Sciences, 78 :573-590. [DOI] [Details]
Wilson, D., Dixon, S. D., Artz, R. R. E., Smith, T. E. L., Evans, C. D., Owen, H. J. F., Archer, E., and Renou-Wilson, F. (2015) 'Derivation of greenhouse gas emission factors for peatlands managed for extraction in the Republic of Ireland and the UK'. Biogeosciences, 12 :5291-5308. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Florence Renou-Wilson, C. Barry, C. Mueller and D. Wilson (2014) 'The impacts of drainage, nutrient status and management practice on the full carbon balance of grasslands on organic soils in a maritime temperate zone'. Biogeosciences, 11 (11):4361-4379. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Wilson, D. Mueller, C. Renou-Wilson, F. (2013) 'Carbon emissions and removals from Irish peatlands: current trends and future mitigation measures'. Irish Geography, DOI: 10.1080/00750778.2013.848542 . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Keane, M. and Farrell, E.P.; (2008) 'Establishing oak woodland on cutaway peatlands: Effects of soil preparation and fertilization'. Forest Ecology and Management, 255 (3-4):728-737. [DOI] [Details]
Wilson, D; Farrell, C; Müller, C; Hepp, S; Renou-Wilson, F (2013) 'Rewetted industrial cutaway peatlands in western Ireland: a prime location for climate change mitigation?'. Mires and Peatlands, 11 :1-22. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F,Keane, M,Farrell, EP; (2008) 'Effect of planting stocktype and cultivation treatment on the establishment of Norway spruce on cutaway peatlands'. New Forests, 36 :307-330. [DOI] [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F,Keane, M,Farrell, EP; (2008) 'Establishing oak woodland on cutaway peatlands: Effects of soil preparation and fertilization'. Forest Ecology and Management, 255 :728-737. [DOI] [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., C. Barry, C. Müller, and D. Wilson (2014) 'The impacts of drainage, nutrient status and management practice on the full carbon balance of grasslands on organic soils in a maritime temperate zone'. Biogeosciences, 11 :4361-4379. [DOI] [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. and Farrell, E.P. ; (2007) 'The use of foliage and soil information for managing the nutrition of Sitka and Norway spruce on cutaway peatlands'. Silva Fennica, 41 (3):409-424. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. and Farrell, E.P. ; (2007) 'Phosphorus in surface runoff and soil water following fertilization of afforested cutaway peatlands'. Boreal Environment Research, 12 :693-709. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. and Farrell, E.P. ; (2007) 'Phosphorus in surface runoff and soil water following fertilization of afforested cutaway peatlands'. Boreal Environment Research, 12 :693-709. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. and Farrell, E.P. ; (2007) 'The use of foliage and soil information for managing the nutrition of Sitka and Norway spruce on cutaway peatlands'. Silva Fennica, 41 (3):409-424. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Keane, M. and Farrell, E.P.; (2008) 'Effect of planting stocktype and cultivation treatment on the establishment of Norway spruce on cutaway peatlands'. New Forests, 36 (3):307-330. [DOI] [Details]
Wilson, D., C. Farrell, C. Mueller and F. Renou-Wilson (2013) 'Rewetted industrial cutaway peatlands in western Ireland: a prime location for climate change mitigation'. Mires and Peatlands, 11 (Article 01):1-22. Available Online [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Pöllänen, M., Byrne, K. ,Wilson, D. & Farrell, E.P. ; (2011) 'The potential of birch afforestation as an after-use option for industrial cutaway peatlands'. Suo, Mires and Peat, 61 (3-4):59-76. Available Online [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Keane, M. and Farrell, E.P.; (2009) 'Afforestation of industrial cutaway peatlands in the Irish midlands: site selection and species performance'. Irish Forestry, 66 :85-100. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. and Farrell, C.A.; (2009) 'Peatland vulnerability to energy-related developments from climate change policy in Ireland: the case of wind farms'. Mires and Peatlands, 4 (Article 08):1-11. Available Online [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. Keane, M. and Farrell, E.P.; (2008) 'Effect of stocktype and cultivation treatment on the survival morphology and physiology of Norway spruce on cutaway peatlands'. New Forests, 36 (3):307-330. Available Online [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Keane, M. and Farrell, E.P.; (2008) 'Establishing oak woodland on cutaway peatlands: Effects of soil preparation and fertilization'. Forest Ecology and Management, 255 (3-4):728-737. Available Online [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. and Farrell, E.P.; (2007) 'Phosphorus in surface runoff and soil water following fertilization of afforested cutaway peatlands'. Boreal Environment Research, 12 (6):693-709. Available Online [Details]
Renou, F., Keane, M., Scallan, U. and Farrell, E.P.; (2007) 'Establishment of native birch on cutaway peatlands in Ireland: silvicultural practices'. European Journal of Forest Research, 126 (4):545-554. Available Online [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. and Farrell, E.P.; (2007) 'The use of foliar and soil information for optimising the nutrition of Sitka spruce and Norway spruce on cutaway peatlands'. SILVA FENNICA, 41 (3):409-424. Available Online [Details]
Renou, F., Egan, T. and Wilson, D.; (2006) 'Tomorrow's landscape: studies in the after-uses of industrial cutaway peatlands in Ireland'. SUO, MIRES AND PEAT, 57 (4):97-107. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Renou, F.; (2006) 'A protocol for wise use and sustainable management of peatlands in Ireland' Peatlands International 1/2006 :43-45. [Details]
Renou, F., Farrell, E.P., Keane, M., McNally, G. and O'Sullivan, J.; (2005) 'Establishing a sustainable forest resource on industrial cutaway peatlands: tree performance and silvicultural techniques' COFORD CONNECTS - Silvicultural Management 13 :1-6. [Details]
Renou, F.; (1999) 'What future of peatlands in Europe?' Les cahiers de Geographie Physique 13 :119-126. [Details]

Conference Publications

Renou, F and D. Wilson; (2006) The status of Irish peatlands and their future management: carbon gas exchange along a degradation gradient Proceedings of the 5th European conference on Ecological Restoration, 21-25th August, Greifswald, Germany [Details]
David Wilson, David Fallon, Catherine Farrell and Florence Renou-Wilson (2017) The rocky road to restoration; Greenhouse gas and vegetation dynamics in two rewetted raised bogs in Ireland International Peat Society Conference Available Online [Details]
Renou-Wilson, Florence, Müller, Christoph, Wilson, David (2016) Vulnerability of drained and rewetted organic soils to climate change impacts and associated adaptation options . In: Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 18 eds. EGU General Assembly 2016, held 17-22 April, 2016 in Vienna Austria , pp.11485 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
J.O. Rieley, D. Wilson, D. Blain, J. Couwenberg, C.D. Evans, D. Murdiyarso, S.E. Page, F. Renou-Wilson, A. Sirin, M. Strack, E-S. Tuittila (2016) GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FACTORS FOR DRAINED AND REWETTED BOREAL, TEMPERATE AND TROPICAL PEATLAND 15th International Peat Congress 15-19 August 2016, Sarawak, Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia, , pp.1-6 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. (2016) Waterborne carbon from organic soils in Ireland Irish NOM 2016 Galway, [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. (2015) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and wetlands, why the IPCC has a focus on wetlands under the theme of ecosystem services ¿ carbon sequestration Wise use of wetlands conference - Ramsar Conference Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, , pp.1-2 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. (2014) Re-wetting organic soils for climate and biodiversity benefits . In: Society of Ecological Restoration eds. 9th European Conference on Ecological Restoration Oulu, Finland, [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. (2013) Environmental issues around the future of Irish peatlands . In: Environmental Protection Agency eds. Environmental Ireland Conference Croke Park, Dublin, , 12-SEP-13 - 12-SEP-13 , pp.1-4 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Wilson, D. and Mueller, C. (2012) Methane emissions from peat soils under grassland: impact of rewetting . In: Magnusson, T eds. 14th International Peat Congress Sweden, , pp.204-1-204-6 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. (2011) The value and status of Irish Peatlands Irish Peatland Society Annual Conference Tullamore Court Hotel, , 18-OCT-11 - 19-OCT-11 , pp.1-1 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Wilson, D., Foy, B. and Mueller, C.; (2011) CALISTO: CArbon Loss from Histosols . In: Caron, P. and Rochefort, L eds. International Symposium on Responsible Peatland Management Quebec City, Canada, , 13-JUN-11 - 17-JUN-11 , pp.77 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F.; (2010) Peatlands: a vital natural resource EPA National Research Conference Science into Action for Sustainable Ireland Croke Park, Dublin, , pp.15 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F.; (2010) Ecosystem of peatlands: How do peatlands benefit people? An Taisce Biodiversity Seminar Tailor's Hall, Dublin, , 09-OCT-10 - 09-OCT-10 [Details]
Bullock, C., Renou-Wilson, F. and Convery, F.; (2008) Policy and the changing value of peatlands . In: Feehan, J. and Farrell, C.A eds. 13th International Peat Congress Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland, , pp.671-673 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F.; (2008) Afforestation of industrial cutaway peatlands in Ireland: problems and principles . In: Feehan, J. and Farrell, C.A eds. 13th International Peat Congress Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland, , pp.506-509 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F.; (2008) A protocol for the future management of Irish peatlands: the BOGLAND project . In: Feehan, J. and Farrell, C.A eds. 13th International Peat Congress Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland, , pp.693-396 [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. and Farrell, C.A.; (2008) Peatland vulnerability to energy-related developments from climate change policy in Ireland: the case of wind farms . In: IMCG eds. 'Wind farms on peatlands' international symposium (IMCG) Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F.; (2008) Peatlands: Here today, Gone tomorrow? . In: Environmental Protection Agency eds. EPA Environmental Research Conference The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F. ; (2007) The future of Irish peatlands: a delicate exercise in balancing scientific knowledge and management options Society of Ecological Restoration San Jose, California, , 05-AUG-07 - 10-AUG-07 [Details]
Renou, F.; (2006) Bogland project: a research programme to develop a protocol for the sustainable management of peatlands in Ireland . In: Farrell, C eds. Peatland utilisation and research in Ireland , pp.52-55 [Details]
Renou, F.; (2006) Bogland: a protocol of sustainable peatland management in Ireland Environ06 , pp.79 [Details]
Renou, F. and Farrell, E.P.; (2004) Growth, health and nutritional response of young Sitka spruce to aerial re-fertilisation on deep cutaway peatlands in Ireland . In: J. Päivänen eds. 12th International Peat Congress: Wise Use of Peatlands , pp.501-505 [Details]

Published Reports

Renou-Wilson, F., Wilson, D., Barry, C., Foy, B., and Müller, C (2015) Carbon loss from drained organic soils under grassland ¿ CALISTO project final report. EPA Research Report No 141. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford, Ireland. [Details]
Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (2014) IPCC guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories: wetlands. IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Switzerland. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Bolger, T., Bullock, C., Convery, F., Curry, J., Ward, S., Wilson, D. and Müller, C. (2011) BOGLAND: Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Ireland. Protocol Document. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Bolger, T., Bullock, C., Convery, F., Curry, J., Ward, S., Wilson, D. and Müller, C. (2011) BOGLAND: Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Ireland STRIVE Report. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Keane, M., McNally, G., O'Sullivan, J. and Farrell, E.P.; (2008) BOGFOR Programme - Final Report: A research programme to develop a forest resource on industrial cutaway peatlands in the Irish midlands. COFORD, Dublin. [Details]
Wilson, D., Renou-Wilson, F., Farrell, C., Bullock, C. and Mueller, C. (2012) Carbon Restore - The potential of Irish peatlands for carbon uptake and storage. Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Bolger, T., Bullock, C., Convery, F., Curry, J., Ward, S., Wilson, D. and Mueller, C. (2011) BOGLAND: Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Ireland. Strive Report No 75. Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Bolger, T., Bullock, C., Convery, F., Curry, J., Ward, S., Wilson, D. and Mueller, C. (2011) BOGLAND: Sustainable Management of Peatland in Ireland - Protocol Document. Strive Report No 76. Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. [Details]
Renou-Wilson, F., Keane, M., McNally, G., O'Sullivan, J. and Farrell, E.P.; (2008) BOGFOR Programme - Final Report: A research programme to develop a forest resource on industrial cutaway peatlands in the Irish midlands. COFORD, Dublin. [Details]
                             

Reports

Renou-Wilson, F., Farrell, E.P., Pollanen, M. and Wilson, D.; (2009) Birch on industrial cutaway peatlands in the Irish Midlands: ecology and establishment strategies. Final Report to Bord na Mona. Reports [Details]
                                                                                                     

Research

Research Interests

                                             
My general research interest is the impact of global change on ecosystem processes and ecosystem services, in particular peatlands and various land uses on organic soils. I see my role as transferring this expertise into action that promotes sustainable practices. 

I have investigated greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands and organic soils with the aim to develop emission factors to report to the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol as well as evaluate mitigation activities (re-wetting to reduce carbon emissions) and assess their full socio-economic impacts. (www.ucd.ie/neros)
I am also researching the impact of climate change and extreme events on Irish peatlands.  (www.ucd.ie/vapor)

I am currently leading a nation-wide EPA research project  investigating peatland properties influencing greenhouse gas emissions and removals. (www.ucd.ie/auger)

Follow my recent projects and publication on ResearchGate or GoogleScholar



 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : AUGER: peAtland properties inflUencing greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 31-MAR-19
Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : Carbon Loss from drained organic soils in agriculture use - CALISTO
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-11 / 31-DEC-12
Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : Vulnerability Assessment of Peatlands: exploration of impacts and adaptation options in relation to climate change
Start Date / End Date : 02-JAN-15 / 31-DEC-17
Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : Network monitoring re-wetted/restored peatlands and organic soils for climate and biodiversity benefits
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-13 / 30-JUN-15

Recent Postgraduates

 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

'Be the change you want to see in the world' Gandhi
 

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Prof. Tom Bolger, SBES
Dr Andrew Jackson, Law School









Dr Flo Renou-Wilson 

 

External Collaborators

Dr Ken Byrne, University of Limerick
Dr Fiona Cawkwell, University College Cork
Dr Matthew Saunders, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Raymond Flynn, Queen's University
Dr Stuart Green, Teagasc