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Director of the undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences
Editor for Ecology Letters

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Montoya, J. M., Donohue, I. & Pimm, S.L. (2018) Planetary boundaries for biodiversity: implausible science, pernicious policies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Online Early.

Kordas, R.L., Donohue, I. & Harley, C.D.G. (2017) Herbivory enables marine communities to resist warming. Science Advances 3: e1701349.

Donohue, I., Petchey, O.L., Kéfi, S., Génin, A., Jackson, A.L., Yang, Q. & O'Connor, N.E. (2017) Loss of predator species, not intermediate consumers, triggers rapid and dramatic extinction cascades. Global Change Biology 23: 2962-2972.

Penk, M., Saul, W.-C., Dick, J., Donohue, I., Alexander, M., Linzmaier, S. & Jeschke, J. (2017) A trophic interaction framework for identifying the invasive capacity of novel organisms. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8: 1786-1794.
**Highlighted in the Ecological Society of America and British Ecological Society Joint Special Issue on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Abila, R. et al. (2016) Oil extraction imperils Africa's Great Lakes. Science 354: 561-562.

Donohue, I., Hillebrand, H., Montoya, J.M., Petchey, O.L., Pimm, S.L., Fowler, M.S., Healy, K., Jackson, A.L., Lurgi, M., McClean, D., O'Connor, N.E., O'Gorman, E.J. & Yang, Q. (2016) Navigating the complexity of ecological stability. Ecology Letters 19: 1072-1085.
***This paper was awarded the 2017 Innovation in Sustainability Science Award by the Ecological Society of America***

Some press coverage of this paper:
National Geographic

Jackson, M.C., Grey, J., Miller, K., Britton, J.R. & Donohue, I. (2016) Dietary niche constriction when invaders meet natives: evidence from freshwater decapods. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 1098-1107.

Mrowicki, R.J., O'Connor, N.E. & Donohue, I. (2016) Temporal variability of a single population can determine the vulnerability of communities to perturbations. Journal of Ecology 104: 887-897

Penk, M.R., Jeschke, J.M., Minchin, D. & Donohue, I. (2016) Warming can enhance invasion success through asymmetries in energetic performance. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 419–426
**Highlighted in the Journal of Ecology Virtual Issue on Invasive Species

Penk, M.R., Donohue, I., Minchin, D. & Irvine, K. (2016) Life history timing, but not body size, of Mysis salemaai (Crustacea: Mysida) conserved across a trophic gradient at its southern distribution. Hydrobiologia 775: 83-95

Evtimova, V.V. & Donohue, I. (2016) Water level fluctuations regulate the structure and functioning of natural lakes. Freshwater Biology 61: 251-264

Wynne, C., Tierney, D., & Donohue, I. (2016) Predicting lake alkalinity and depth for classifying Irish lakes under the EU Water Framework Directive typology. Biology and Environment 116B: 179-189.

McClean, D., McNally, L., Salzberg, L.L., Devine, K.M., Brown, S.P. & Donohue, I. (2015) Single gene locus changes perturb complex microbial communities as much as apex predator loss. Nature Communications 6: 8235
A nice blog post on this paper:
Some press coverage of this paper:
Nature World News
Science Newsline
Irish Examiner
Health Canal

Penk, M., Irvine, K. & Donohue, I. (2015) Ecosystem-level effects of a globally-spreading invertebrate invader are not moderated by a functionally similar native. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 1628-1636

O’Connor, N.E., Bracken, M.E.S., Crowe, T.P. & Donohue, I. (2015) Nutrient enrichment alters the consequences of species loss. Journal of Ecology 103: 862-870

García-Molinos, J., Viana, M., Brennan, M. & Donohue, I. (2015) Importance of long-term cycles for predicting water level dynamics in natural lakes. PLoS One 10: e0119253

Penk, M., Donohue, I., Récoules, V. & Irvine, K. (2015) Elevated temperatures interact with habitat quality to undermine survival of ectotherms in climatic refugia. Diversity and Distributions 21: 200-210

Evtimova, V.V. & Donohue, I. (2014) Quantifying ecological responses to amplified water level fluctuations in standing waters: an experimental approach. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 1282-1291

Healy, K. Finlay, S., Guillerme, T., Kane, A., Kelly, S.B.A., McClean, D., Kelly, D.J., Donohue, I., Jackson, A.L. & Cooper, N. (2014) Ecology and mode-of-life explain lifespan variation in birds and mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 281: 20140298
Some press coverage of this paper:
Irish Independent

García-Molinos, J. & Donohue, I. (2014) Downscaling the non-stationary effect of climate forcing on local-scale dynamics: the importance of environmental filters. Climatic Change 124: 333-346

Access the recommendation on F1000Prime Donohue, I., Petchey, O.L., Montoya, J.M., Jackson, A.L., McNally, L., Viana, M., Healy, K., Lurgi, M., O’Connor, N.E. & Emmerson, M.C. (2013) On the dimensionality of ecological stability. Ecology Letters 16: 421–429

O'Connor, N.E., Emmerson, M.C., Crowe, T.P. & Donohue, I. (2013) Distinguishing between direct and indirect effects of predators in complex ecosystems. Journal of Animal Ecology 82: 438-448
**Highlighted in the Journal of Animal Ecology Virtual Issue on Food Webs

O'Connor, N.E. & Donohue, I. (2013) Environmental context determines the multi-trophic effects of consumer species loss. Global Change Biology 19: 431-440

Jackson, M.C., Donohue, I., Jackson, A.L., Britton, J.R., Harper, D.M. & Grey, J. (2012) Population-level metrics of trophic structure based on stable isotopes and their application using invasion ecology. PLoS One 7: e31757

O'Connor, N.E., Donohue, I., Crowe, T.P. & Emmerson, M.C. (2011) Importance of consumers on exposed and sheltered rocky shores. Marine Ecology Progress Series 443: 65-75

García-Molinos, J. & Donohue, I. (2011) Temporal variability within disturbance events regulates their effects on natural commuities. Oecologia 166: 795-806

O'Reilly, J., Léon Vintró, L., Mitchell, P.I., Donohue, I., Leira, M., Hobbs, W. & Irvine, K. (2011) 210Pb-dating of a lake sediment core from Lough Carra (Co. Mayo, western Ireland): use of paleolimnological data for chronology validation below the 210Pb dating horizon. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 102: 495-499

Donohue, I., Leira, M., Hobbs, W., León-Vintró, L., O’Reilly, J. & Irvine, K. (2010) Rapid ecosystem recovery from diffuse pollution after the Great Irish Famine. Ecological Applications 20: 1733-1743. Paper highlighted in the photo gallery of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. Click here to view the press release for this publication.

García-Molinos, J. & Donohue, I. (2010) Interactions among temporal patterns determine the effects of multiple stressors. Ecological Applications 20: 1794-1800

Donohue, I., Jackson, A.L., Pusch, M.T. & Irvine, K. (2009) Nutrient enrichment homogenizes lake benthic assemblages at local and regional scales. Ecology 90: 3470-3477

Donohue, I. & García-Molinos, J. (2009) Impacts of increased sediment loads on the ecology of lakes. Biological Reviews 84: 517-531

Donohue, I., Donohue, L.A., Ní Ainín, B. & Irvine, K. (2009) Assessment of eutrophication pressure on lakes using littoral invertebrates. Hydrobiologia 633: 105-122

García Molinos, J. & Donohue, I. (2009) Differential contribution of concentration and exposure time to sediment dose effects on stream biota. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28: 110-121

Donohue, I. & Irvine, K. (2008) Quantifying variability within water samples: The need for adequate subsampling. Water Research 42: 476-482

O'Toole, C., Donohue, I., Moe, J. & Irvine, K. (2008) Nutrient optima and tolerances of benthic invertebrates, the effects of taxonomic resolution and testing of selected metrics in lakes using an extensive European data base. Aquatic Ecology 42: 277-291

McCarthy, V., Donohue, I. & Irvine, K. (2006) Field evidence for stoichiometric relationships between zooplankton and N and P availability in a shallow calcareous lake. Freshwater Biology 51: 1589-1604

Donohue, I., McGarrigle, M. & Mills, P. (2006) Linking catchment characteristics and water chemistry with the ecological status of Irish rivers. Water Research 40: 91-98

Solimini, A.G., Free, G., Donohue, I., Irvine, K., Push, M., Rossaro, B., Sandin, L. & Cardoso, A.C. (2006) Using benthic macroinvertebrates to assess ecological status of lakes: current knowledge and way forward to support WFD implementation. EUR 22347 Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg

Styles, D. Donohue, I., Coxon, C.E. & Irvine, K. (2006) Linking soil phosphorus to water quality in the Mask Catchment of western Ireland through the analysis of moist soil samples. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 112: 300-312

Donohue, I., Styles, D. Coxon, C.E. & Irvine K. (2005) Importance of spatial and temporal patterns for assessment of risk of diffuse emissions to surface waters. Journal of Hydrology 304: 183-192

Hobbs, W., Irvine, K. & Donohue, I. (2005) Using sediments to assess the resistance of a calcareous lake to diffuse nutrient loading. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 164: 109-125

Venohr, M., Donohue, I., Fogelberg, S., Arheimer, B., Irvine, K. & Behrendt, H. (2005) Nitrogen retention in a river system and the effects of river morphology and lakes. Water Science and Technology 51: 19-29

Donohue, I. & Irvine, K. (2004) Seasonal patterns of sediment loading and benthic invertebrate community dynamics in Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Freshwater Biology 49: 320-331

Donohue, I. & Irvine, K. (2004) Size-specific effects of increased sediment loads on gastropod communities in Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Hydrobiologia 522: 337-342

Donohue, I., Verheyen, E. & Irvine, K. (2003) In-situ experiments on the effects of increased sediment loads on littoral rocky shore communities in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Freshwater Biology 48: 1603-1616

Donohue, I. & Irvine, K. (2003) Effects of sediment particle size composition on survivorship of benthic invertebrates from Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 157: 131-144

Donohue, I., Duck, R.W. & Irvine, K. (2003) Land use, sediment loads and dispersal pathways from two catchments at the southern end of Lake Tanganyika, Africa: implications for lake management. Environmental Geology 44: 448-455


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