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Dr John Devaney


Dr John Devaney is a CAROLINE Postdoctoral research fellow at TCD – funded by the Irish Research Council and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. John graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science in 2006 and went on to complete a PhD in Plant Ecology at UCC. In 2011, he was awarded an EPA Postdoctoral Fellowship which investigated contemporary deforestation in Ireland. From 2015 to 2017, John was a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, where he remains a research associate. At the Smithsonian, John contributed to a range of forest ecology research projects, including exploring climate-driven shifts in the distribution of mangrove forests.

Current research project: Future Mangroves
Along semi-arid coastlines, mangrove forests can provide multiple ecosystem service benefits to local communities. Climate change is altering mangrove ecosystems worldwide yet its impact in semi-arid mangrove regions is largely unknown. Using growth chamber experiments, plant responses (e.g. water-use efficiency) to elevated atmospheric CO2 and temperature will be measured to assess how climate change will influence the growth and survival of arid-adapted mangroves. In collaboration with the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, the Future Mangroves project will also use interdisciplinary approaches to inform sustainable management of mangrove forests for local communities.



Selected publications
Devaney. J. L., Lehmann, M., Feller. I.C., Parker, J., L Mangrove microclimates alter seedling dynamics at the range edge. Ecology 2017
Devaney, J. L., Whelan, P. W., Jansen, M. A. K. Conspecific negative density dependence in a long-lived conifer. European Journal of Forest Research 2017
Devaney, J. L., Barrett, B. W., Barrett, F., Redmond, J. J., O’Halloran, J. Forest Cover Estimation in Ireland using Radar Remote Sensing: a Comparative Analysis of Forest Cover Assessment Methodologies. PlosOne, 2015
Devaney, J. L., Whelan, P. W., Jansen, M. A. K. Light responses of yew (Taxus baccata L.); does size matter? Trees, 2015