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Tamara Hochstrasser

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

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

Tel: +353 1 7162440
Email: tamara.hochstrasser@ucd.ie

Biography

I've been a lecturer at UCD since 2003 teaching mostly into the Agricultural Science and Environmental Science Programmes and into the MSc Global Change: Environmental Science and Policy. Since 2013, I'm also a member of the UCD Earth Institute.

Before I came to UCD, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the USDA-ARS, New Mexico, USA (between 2001-2003). I got my PhD. from Colorado State University, Graduate Degree Programme in Ecology, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Originally, I'm from Bern, Switzerland. I studied at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Vacratot, Hungary.


Professional

 

Associations

Association: AGMET - Joint Working Group on Applied Agricultural Meteorology, Ireland, Function/Role: Treasurer
     

Conference Contributions

Hochstrasser, T. (2016) Theory building at the science-policy interface. [Invited Oral Presentation], ScienceComm'16, Grandson, Switzerland , 22-SEP-16 - 23-SEP-16.
Lynch, C., Meredith, D., Nieuwenhuis, M. and Hochstrasser, T. (2014) Diffusion of an Innovative Land Use ¿ Private Afforestation in Ireland between 1990 and 2012. [Oral Presentation], Environ2014, Dublin , 26-FEB-14 - 28-FEB-14.
Hochstrasser, T., G. Moser, C. Kammann, and C. Mueller (2012) Resilience of diverse grassland communities. [Poster Presentation], Restoring diverse grasslands: what can be achieved where, and what will it do for us?, Thame, UK , 19-JUN-12 - 20-JUN-12.
Lynch, C., D. Meredith, T. Hochstrasser, M. Wilson, and M. Nieuwenhuis (2012) Farm forestry uptake in Ireland between 1990 - 2007 - a spatially contagious process?. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers 2012, Dublin , 25-MAY-12 - 27-MAY-12.
González, A., J. Fry, T. Hochstrasser, P. Scott, P. Carvill, and M. Jones (2012) Integrating Biodiversity Impact Assessment: a methodological approach. [Oral Presentation], 22nd Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (ENVIRON), Dublin , 07-MAR-12 - 09-MAR-12.
Lynch, C., D. Meredith, T. Hochstrasser, M. Wilson, and M. Nieuwenhuis (2012) Do as your neighbours do- is the uptake of farm forestry influenced by neighbours?. [Oral Presentation], 22nd Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (ENVIRON), Dublin , 07-MAR-12 - 09-MAR-12.
Hochstrasser, T., Kammann, C., Müller, C. ; (2010) Recovery after drought in a diverse temperate grassland under elevated CO2. [Oral Presentation], Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting, UCD, Belfield, Dublin , 02-JUN-10 - 04-JUN-10.
Hochstrasser, T., Watson, C.J., Del Grosso, S.J. and Müller, C.; (2011) Long-term organic matter dynamics and greenhouse gas balance of an Irish grazed grassland. [Oral Presentation], 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (ENVIRON), Cork City, Cork , 06-APR-11 - 08-APR-11.
Rinker, F., Vornweg, J. and Hochstrasser T. ; (2011) The effect of different grass species on saturated hydraulic conductivity. [Poster Presentation], Soil Science Society of Ireland Spring Meeting, UCD, Belfield, Dublin , 11-MAR-11 - 11-MAR-11.
Hepp, S., Dieterich, B., Augustenborg, C., Hochstrasser, T. and Müller, C. ; (2011) Impact of diverse grass species on nitrous oxide emissions. [Oral Presentation], European Ecological Federation Congress, Avila, Spain , 25-SEP-11 - 29-SEP-11.
Hepp, S. Dieterich, B., Augustenborg, C., Hochstrasser, T. and Müller C.; (2011) Bio-GrAsS: Evaluating Irish grassland as a source for bioenergy: Environmental impacts and long-term sustainability. [Poster Presentation], Soil Science Society of Ireland Spring Meeting, UCD, Belfield, Dublin , 11-MAR-11 - 11-MAR-11.
Hochstrasser, T., Gonzalez, A., Fry, J., Scott, P., Carvill, P., Grist, B., Shahumyan, H. ; (2011) Developing Integrated Biodiversity Impact Assessment for the Republic of Ireland. [Poster Presentation], 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (ENVIRON), Cork City, Cork , 06-APR-11 - 08-APR-11.
Hochstrasser, T., Augustenborg, C., del Grosso, S., Müller, C.; (2009) Greenhouse balance of Irish grasslands - DAYCENT model evaluation and development. [Poster Presentation], Soil Quality = Environmental Quality?, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland , 09-SEP-09 - 11-SEP-09.
Dieterich, B., Hepp, S., Finnan, J., Laughlin, R., Farrell, A., Augustenborg, C., Hochstrasser, T., Müller, C. ; (2009) Evaluating Irish grassland under different management regimes as a source of bioenergy - Part 2: Biogas. [Poster Presentation], Soil Quality = Environmental Quality?, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland , 09-SEP-09 - 11-SEP-09.
Hepp, S., Dieterich, B., Augustenborg, C., Laughlin, R., Farrell, A., Lanigan, G., Finnan, J., Hochstrasser, T., Müller, C. ; (2009) Evaluating Irish grassland under different management regimes as a source of bioenergy - Part 1: Greenhouse gas emissions. [Poster Presentation], Soil Quality = Environmental Quality?, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland , 09-SEP-09 - 11-SEP-09.
Hochstrasser, T.; Bourke, D.; Nolan, S.; (2009) Irish grasslands between 1965-1975: Austin O'Sullivan's dataset. [Oral Presentation], Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting, Trinity College Dublin , 19-MAR-09 - 20-MAR-09.
Hochstrasser, T., Kammann, C., Müller, C. ; (2009) Recovery after drought in a diverse temperate grassland under elevated CO2. [Oral Presentation], 94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA , 02-AUG-09 - 07-AUG-09.
Brennan, M., McInerney, D. O., Hochstrasser, T., Hayden, T. ; (2009) Where have all the parks gone? Changes in Dublin's green space between 1990 & 2006. [Oral Presentation], UPE 8 International Symposium of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany , 23-MAR-09 - 26-MAR-09.
Brennan, M., Hochstrasser, T. ; (2009) Encroachment upon protected areas within the Greater Dublin Area under two simulated futures. [International Refereed Conference], Graduate Research Conference: Sustainable Cities for the Future, Universities of Melbourne & Queensland (Brisbane), Australia , 29-NOV-09 - 05-DEC-09.
Brennan, M., Shahumyan, H., Hochstrasser, T. ; (2009) Simulated future development of the Greater Dublin Area: consequences for protected areas and coastal flooding risk. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Dublin 2026 The Future Urban Environment, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland , 13-NOV-09 - 13-NOV-09.
Fabre, P. et al. ; (2008) Stability of spring barley cultivar mixtures and monocultures. [Oral Presentation], Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore , 12-MAR-08 - 13-MAR-08.
Brennan, M., Hayden, T. and Hochstrasser, T. ; (2008) Variations in bird diversity across Dublin city. [Oral Presentation], Postgraduate Ecology Symposium, Trinity College Dublin , 10-MAR-08 - 12-MAR-08.
Reilly, S., Holden, N. et al.; (2008) A Bourke Medal was awarded to Anthony Brereton at this conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], AGMET day: Energy and the Irish Climate: Harnessing the Irish Climate for Energy, Dublin , 29-FEB-08 - 29-FEB-08.
Hochstrasser, T. and Holden, N. ; (2008) Grassland species effects on soil physical properties. [Poster Presentation], Annual meeting of the British Ecological Society, London , 02-SEP-08 - 05-SEP-08.
Schulze, R., Walsh, S. et al. ; (2007) Organized a hands-on session for the afternoon of the workshop. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Making Science Work on the Farm – a workshop on decision support systems for agriculture, Johnstown Castle, Wexford , 25-JAN-07 - 25-JAN-07.
Hochstrasser, T.; (2005) Organized an exhibition stand featuring current grassland research at UCD. [Other], International Grassland Congress, UCD Dublin , 26-JUN-05 - 01-JUL-05.
Hochstrasser, T., Peters, D. P. C., and Fehmi, J. S.; (2003) Sustainable management of arid lands: recovery time and threshold dynamics in desert grasslands and shrublands. [Poster Presentation], 88th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Savannah, Georgia , 03-AUG-03 - 08-AUG-03.
Hochstrasser, T., Peters, D. P. C., and Fehmi, J. S. ; (2002) Disturbance, vegetation, and climate: determining critical factors affecting recovery in desert grasslands. [Oral Presentation], 87th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Tucson, Arizona , 04-AUG-02 - 09-AUG-02.
Hochstrasser, T., Nolan, S. and Bourke, D. ; (2007) A grassland database for Ireland. [Poster Presentation], High Value Grassland, University of Keele, Staffordshire, UK , 17-APR-07 - 19-APR-07.
Hochstrasser, T., Geijzendorffer, I., Schulte, R.; (2005) Plant neighbourhood interactions in perennial grasslands. [Poster Presentation], Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin , 30-MAR-05 - 01-APR-05.
Hochstrasser, T., Finn, J., Connolly, J.; (2005) The importance of species interactions in biodiversity - ecosystem function relationships. [Poster Presentation], 15th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (Environ 2005), IT Sligo, Ballinode, Co. Sligo , 28-JAN-05 - 30-JAN-05.
Hochstrasser, T., Bestelmeyer, B. T., and Peters, D. P. C. ; (2002) Simulating small mammal effects on grass-shrub ecotones in arid ecosystems. [Poster Presentation], 17th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Landscape Ecology ' United States Regional Association (US-IALE), Lincoln, Nebraska , 23-APR-02 - 27-APR-02.
Brennan, M., Hayden, T., Hochstrasser, T. ; (2007) The urban environment project: how land-use change affects biodiversity in Dublin. [Poster Presentation], Postgraduate Ecology Symposium, University College Dublin, Dublin , 12-MAR-07 - 13-MAR-07.
Fabre, P., Hackett, R., Connolly, J., and Hochstrasser, T. ; (2006) Preliminary results from a spring barley (Hordeum sativum) cultivar mixture experiment. [Poster Presentation], 16th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (Environ 2006), University College Dublin, Dublin , 27-JAN-06 - 29-JAN-06.
Fabre, P., Hackett, R., Connolly, J., Hochstrasser, T.; (2007) Stability of grain yield and quality of spring barley (Hordeum sativum) cultivar mixtures and monocultures over different sites in Ireland. [Poster Presentation], 17th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (Environ 2007), IT Carlow, Co. Carlow , 26-JAN-07 - 28-JAN-07.
Hochstrasser, Tamara; (2007) Determining the agricultural potential of semi-natural Irish grasslands. [Oral Presentation], Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Jose, California, USA , 05-AUG-07 - 10-AUG-07.
   

Education

Year 2001 Institution: Colorado State University, CO, USA
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: H.Dip Subject: Environmental Impact Assessment Management
Year 1995 Institution: University of Lausanne
Qualification: Diplome Subject: Biology
Year 1993 Institution: University of Lausanne
Qualification: Licence// Subject:
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Harris, M., T. Hochstrasser, K. Foley, and C. Cave (2016) 'Urban biodiversity management in Ireland. Capturing the experience of practitioners' In: R. A. Francis, J. D. A. Millington, and M. A. Chadwick (eds). Urban landscape ecology: science, policy and practice. London: Routledge. [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., J. D. A. Millington, V. P. Papanastasis, A. J. Parsons, P. P. Roggero, R. E. Brazier, J. Estrany, A. Farina, and A. Puttock (2014) 'The study of land degradation in drylands: state of the art' In: E. N. Mueller, J. Wainwright, A. J. Parsons, and L. Turnbull (eds). Patterns of land degradation in drylands. Understanding self-organised ecogeomorphic systems. Dordrecht: Springer. , pp.13-54 Available Online [Details]
Turnbull, L., T. Hochstrasser, M. Wieczorek, A. Baas, J. Wainwright, S. Scarsoglio, B. Tietjen, F. Jeltsch, and E. N. Mueller (2014) 'Approaches to modelling ecogeomorphic systems' In: E. N. Mueller, J. Wainwright, A. J. Parsons, and L. Turnbull (eds). Patterns of land degradation in drylands. Understanding self-organised ecogeomorphic systems. Dordrecht: Springer. , pp.171-209 Available Online [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., Walsh, S. Schulte, R. P. O., Holden N. M. ; (2007) 'Workshop summary: feedback from the hands-on session' In: Holden N. M., Hochstrasser, T., Schulte, R. P. O., Walsh, S (eds). Making science work on the farm a workshop on decision support systems for Irish agriculture. Dublin: AGMET. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Tietjen, B., D. R. Schlaepfer, J. B. Bradford, W. K. Lauenroth, S. A. Hall, M. C. Duniway, T. Hochstrasser, G. Jia, S. M. Munson, D. A. Pyke, and S. D. Wilson (2017) 'Climate change-induced vegetation shifts lead to more ecological droughts despite projected rainfall increases in many global temperate drylands'. Global Change Biology, :early view. Available Online [Details]
González, A., T. Hochstrasser, J. Fry, P. Scott, B. Grist, and M. Jones (2013) 'Evaluating Ireland's IBIA as an approach to improving the quality and effectiveness of biodiversity impact assessment'. Journal of Environmental Management, 131 :150-160. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
González, A., D. Keneghan, J. Fry, and T. Hochstrasser (2013) 'Current practice in biodiversity impact assessment and prospects for developing an integrated process'. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, published online . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Dieterich, Burkart, Finnan, John, Hochstrasser, Tamara, Müller, Christoph (2013) 'The greenhouse gas balance of a dairy farm as influenced by the uptake of biogas production'. BioEnergy Research, :1-15. Available Online [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., Moser, G., Kammann, C. and Mueller, C. (2012) 'Resilience of diverse grassland communities'. Aspects of Applied Biology, 115:141-146 . [Details]
Willems, A.B., Augustenborg, C.A., Hepp, S., Lanigan, G., Hochstrasser, T., Kammann, C. and Mueller, C. (2011) 'Carbon dioxide emissions from spring ploughing of grassland in Ireland'. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 144 (1):347-351. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Brennan, M., Shahumyan, H. and Hochstrasser, T.; (2010) 'Simulated future development of the Greater Dublin Area: consequences for protected areas and coastal flooding risk'. Journal of Irish Urban Studies, 9 :31-51. Link to full text [Details]
Dieterich, B., Finnan, J., Hochstrasser, T., Hepp, S., Augustenborg, C. and Müller, C.; (2008) 'State and development of bioenergy in the Republic of Ireland'. Aspects of Applied Biology, 90 :27-34. Available Online [Details]
Kröel-Dulay, G., Ódor, P., Peters, D. P. C., Hochstrasser, T.; (2004) 'Distribution of plant species at a biome transition zone in central New Mexico'. Journal of Vegetation Science, 15 :531-538. [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., and Peters, D. P. C.; (2004) 'Subdominant species distribution in microsites around two lifeforms at a desert grassland-shrubland transition zone'. Journal of Vegetation Science, 15 :615-622. [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., Kröel-Dulay, G., Peters, D. P. C, and Gosz, J. R.; (2001) 'Vegetation and climate characteristics of arid and semi-arid grasslands in North America and their biome transition zone'. Journal of Arid Environments, 51 :55-78. [Details]

Other Journals

Brockman, H. and T. Hochstrasser (2013) 'Complexity should not be construed as confusion' Ethics, Policy & Environment 16 (3) :267-269. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Finnan, J. Dietrich, B. and Hochstrasser, T. ; (2011) 'Grass to energy and back again?' TResearch 6 (1) :18-19. [Details]

Conference Publications

Maryann Harris and Tamara Hochstrasser (2015) The benefits of a transition to an adaptive, sustainable use approach to Biosphere Reserve management in the case of Dublin Bay CIEEM Spring Conference 2015. 'Managing Change in Coastal Habitats' [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., D. Meredith, A. Herzig, A. Renwick, N. M. Holden, and M. Niewenhuis (2015) Scoping policy questions regarding land-use in Ireland IAIA15 Impact assessment in the digital era Florence, Italy, , 20-APR-15 - 23-APR-15 [Details]
Hochstrasser, T. (2015) Spatial models and data for land use planning IAIA15 Impact assessment in the digital era Florence, Italy, , 20-APR-15 - 23-APR-15 [Details]
Hochstrasser, T. (2014) Why is biodiversity conservation important for sustainability? Thinking Big 2014 Forum. Invited Oral Presentation University College Dublin, [Details]
Harris, M., Hochstrasser, T., Foley, K., Cave, C. (2014) Urban biodiversity management in Ireland -capturing the experience of practitioners . In: IALE UK eds. Urban Landscape ecology: Science, Policy & Practice London, [Details]
Lynch, C., Cunningham, P., Meredith, D., Nieuwenhuis, M., Buckley, P. and Hochstrasser, T. (2014) Understanding which Irish farmers planted forestry Science & Solutions for a Sustainable Environment University College Dublin, , 11-DEC-14 - 12-DEC-14 Available Online [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., D. Meredith, A. Herzig, A. Renwick, N. M. Holden, and M. Nieuwenhuis (2015) Scoping land-use policy concerns in Ireland Environ 25: sustainability and opportunities for change Sligo, Ireland, , 08-APR-15 - 10-APR-15 [Details]
Tamara Hochstrasser (2013) What is needed for the design of adaptive policy appraisal? 33rd Annual Meeting of International Association for Impact Assessment Calgary, Alberta, Canada, , 13-MAY-13 - 16-MAY-13 Available Online [Details]
Gonzalez, A., Fry, J., Hochstrasser, T., Carvill, P., Grist, B. and Scott, P. (2012) Irish Guidance for Biodiversity Impact Assessment 32nd Annual Meeting of International Association for Impact Assessment Porto, Portugal, , 27-MAY-12 - 01-JUN-12 [Details]
Fry, J., Carvill, P., Grist, B. and Hochstrasser, T. ; (2011) Developing IBIA: Legal and administrative issues 31st Annual Meeting of International Association for Impact Assessment Puebla, Mexico, , 29-MAY-11 - 04-JUN-11 Available Online [Details]
Gonzalez, A., Fry, J., Hochstrasser, T., Scott, P., Carvill, P. and Jones, M. (2011) A methodological approach to integrating Strategic Environmental Assessment and biodiversity impact assessment IAIA Special Meeting: SEA implementation and practice: making an impact? Prague, Czech Republic, , 21-SEP-11 - 23-SEP-11 Available Online [Details]
Fry, J., Hochstrasser, T., Gonzalez, A., Whelan, J., Scott, P., Carvill, P. and Jones, M. (2011) General Biodiversity Impact Assessment in Strategic Environmental Assessment: addressing a neglected area IAIA Special Meeting: SEA implementation and practice: making an impact? Prague, Czech Republic, , 21-SEP-11 - 23-SEP-11 Available Online [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., Hepp, S., Dieterich, B., Augustenborg, C., Watson, C.J., Laughlin, R.J., Finnan, J. and Mueller, C. (2011) Bio-GrAsS: Evaluating Irish grassland as a source for bioenergy: Environmental impacts and long-term sustainability British Grassland Society 10th Research Conference Belfast, , 20-SEP-11 - 21-SEP-11 , pp.141-142 Available Online [Details]
Fry, J., Hochstrasser, T., González, A., Scott, P., Carvill, P. and Shahumyan, H. ; (2011) Developing IBIA: Process and content? 31st Annual Meeting of International Association for Impact Assessment Puebla, Mexico, , 29-MAY-11 - 04-JUN-11 Available Online [Details]
González, A., Fry, J., Hochstrasser, T. and Shahumyan, H. ; (2011) Developing IBIA: Data limitations on GIS-support 31st Annual Meeting of International Association for Impact Assessment Puebla, Mexico, , 29-MAY-11 - 04-JUN-11 Available Online [Details]
Hepp, S., Augustenborg, C., Dieterich, B., Hochstrasser, T., and Müller, C. ; (2010) Impacts of soil moisture on trace gas emissions from grassland: a case study on grassland in Northern Ireland 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World Brisbane, Australia, , 01-AUG-10 - 06-AUG-10 , pp.117-120 [Details]
Dieterich, B., Finnan, J., Hepp, S., Hochstrasser, T. and Müller, C. ; (2010) Fertiliser value and environmental impact of digestate application on permanent grassland Grassland in a changing world, Grassland Science in Europe 15 23th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, Kiel, Germany, , 29-AUG-10 - 02-SEP-10 , pp.57-59 [Details]
Brennan, M., McInerney, D.O., Hochstrasser, T. and Hayden, T. ; (2009) Where have all the parks gone? Changes in Dublin's green space between 1990 & 2006 UPE 8 International Symposium  of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association [Details]

Published Reports

Gonzalez, A., Hochstrasser, T., Fry, J., Scott, P., Carvill, P., Jones, M. and Grist, B. (2012) Integrated biodiversity impact assessment. Streamlining AA, SEA and EIA processes. Best practice guidance. STRIVE report 2010-DS-B-4. Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., Peters, D. P. C., and Fehmi, J. S.; (2005) Simulation of vegetation recovery from military disturbances on Fort Bliss. Technical Report ERDC/CERL TR-05-39. US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL. Available Online [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., Peters, D. P. C., and Fehmi, J. S.; (2005) Determining research gaps in disturbance data for Fort Bliss and a conceptual model. Technical Report ERDC/CERL TR-05-38. US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL, USA. Available Online [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., and Peters, D. P. C. ; (2005) Ecotone Manual. Technical Report ERDC/CERL CR-05-2. US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL, USA. Available Online [Details]
Hochstrasser, T., Peters, D. P. C., Fehmi, J. S., and VonFinger, K. ; (2002) A bibliography of important plant species in the Chihuahuan desert of North America (1904-2002). Technical Report ERDC/CERL SR-02-8. US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL, USA. Available Online [Details]
       

Dissertations/Theses

Hochstrasser, T.; (2001) Pattern and process at a desert grassland-shrubland ecotone. Fort Collins, CO, USA: Dissertations/Theses [Details]
 

Reports

Bourke, D. & Hochstrasser, T.; (2006) Digitization of grassland heritage data. Final Report. Kilkenny, Ireland: Reports [Details]
                                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

My research work is aimed at integration across scientific disciplines to address questions arising in policy making and the management of natural resources. I'm using (mostly individual/ agent-based) modelling to develop a shared conceptualization of the systems I'm working in. I strive to communicate scientific knowledge in a dynamic framework that allows for continued learning. 

My current research projects are addressing questions on the sustainable management of grasslands in Ireland, decision support systems for biodiversity management in urban and rural contexts and farmer decision making when confronted with different agricultural policies (the latter I'm hoping to develop into an agent-based land use model for policy evaluation). Originally a plant ecologist, I'm also working on plant-soil interactions both in Ireland and in arid regions of the US and Hungary.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : Assessing impact from extreme weather on agriculture & Irish farm resilience
Start Date / End Date : 14-SEP-15 / 16-AUG-19
Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : Enhancing biodiversity potential of urban parks through improved management and public engagement
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 30-APR-18
Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : Scoping least resistance pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from land use
Start Date / End Date : 15-JAN-15 / 15-JUL-16
Sponsor : Higher Education Authority (HEA)
Title : PRTLI 5: ESI-PhD-ENS - Split Accounts School of AFSVM
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-11 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : A GIS-supported integrated biodiversity impact assessment methodology
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-11 / 31-MAR-12
Sponsor : Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (DAFF)
Title : Evaluating Irish Grassland as a source for Bioenergy: Environmental impacts and long-term sustainability
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-07 / 30-NOV-11