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Prof. Tasman Crowe Appointed as Chair of the National Biodiversity Forum

Published: Wednesday, 19 May, 2021

The UCD Earth Institute congratulates Professor Tasman Crowe (School of Biology and Environmental Science) on his recent appointment as the new chair of the National Biodiversity Forum. Professor Crowe serves as the Director of the Earth Institute, and has been a member of the National Biodiversity Forum since 2017.

Composed of biodiversity experts and stakeholders, the National Biodiversity Forum is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and monitors progress on the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan. Most recently, the Forum published an independent review of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021 and provided five headline recommendations for Minister Malcolm Noonan to consider in order to reverse biodiversity loss in Ireland. 

Commenting on the new appointment, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, stated:

“I would like to sincerely thank our outgoing chair, Professor Yvonne Buckley, for her expertise, leadership and dedication to the important work of the National Biodiversity Forum over the past number of years and welcome Professor Tasman Crowe to the post.

As an expert in marine ecology who has already participated in the forum for some time, I know he’ll be a great asset to its ongoing work as we develop the next iteration of the National Biodiversity Action Plan in line with this Government’s unprecedented ambition for nature.”

Professor Crowe, whose research characterises individual and combined impacts of multiple stressors on marine benthic ecosystems, was the chair of the Marine Protected Areas Advisory Group, and the lead author of the ‘Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Areas’ report. His current research projects include Ecostructure and Land2Sea. He was co-chair of the European Marine Board working group on ocean observation and served as President of the European Marine Biology Symposium 2016-2019.

Professor Crowe remarked: 

"I am honoured and delighted to accept this role and am looking forward to working with the members of the Forum to help inform effective policy and action for biodiversity and the many vital benefits it brings to society. 

I will be drawing on the expertise and partnerships encompassed by the Earth Institute to help provide the evidence and insights needed to underpin the effective conservation of biodiversity and a more sustainable future."