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Dara Stanley (PhD student)

Dara Stanley

Research Profile

The value of biodiversity to humans is becoming increasingly recognised. The provision of ecosystem services, such as pollination, are an important economic value of biodiversity. However, such ecosystem services are also threatened by a range of human activities. The aim of my project is to examine how changes caused by humans at the landscape level affect pollinators and pollination services. Two of the main sectors currently causing land use changes in Ireland include the cultivation of energy crops and the development of road networks. My project is assessing the impacts of these sectoral land use changes on pollinators and pollination services, at landscape, species and population levels. Focussing on two model energy crops, Miscanthus giganteus and Oilseed rape (Brassica napus), I am investigating how land use change leading to the production of these energy crops contributes to changes in pollinator diversity and abundance, population structure and loss or enhancement of pollination services in agroecosystems. I am also investigating the potential of mass flowering oilseed rape to influence pollen transfer to native plant species, and the impacts of oilseed rape on colony densities of bumblebees. This project is part of the SIMBIOSYS (Sectoral impacts on biodiversity) project which is focusing on the sectors of energy crops, road building and landscaping and aquaculture, and their affects on ecosystem services including pollination, biocontrol, invasion resistance and nutrient cycling.

 

EPA funding

 

Contact details

Botany Building, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. Tel: +353-1-8962208 Email stanleyd@tcd.ie

 

 

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