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Dr Steve Waldren

Professor Steve Waldren Department of Botany,
School of Natural Sciences,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin2, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 8962075


My research generally covers the broad areas of plant conservation biology.  Research in Ireland has focused on the ecology, biogeography and conservation of threatened native plants, defining important plant areas in Ireland, and the ecology and conservation of turloughs (temporary lakes in karst limestone).  Overseas I have an interest in island floras and their conservation, especially focusing on the Pitcairn group in the South-Central Pacific:  I also have particular interests in the evolution and diversity of Pacific Peperomia species.  Some recent work has centred on sustainable utilization of natural grazing lands in mountain regions (e.g. Nepal).

Current Research and Research Opportunities

I would welcome enquiries on research projects in the general areas of plant conservation biology mentioned above from prospective PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. 


MSc in Biodiversity & Conservation, Programme Director
BD7050 – Introduction to Biodiversity (Module coordinator)
BD7052 – Introduction to Conservation Biology (Module co-ordinator)
BD7055 – Systematics and Taxonomy
BD7058 – Overseas Field Course (Module co-ordinator)
BD7059 – Practical Conservation Skills (Module co-ordinator)

BO4104 – Data Handling (Module co-ordinator)
BO4103 – Plant Diversity and Comnservation (Module co-ordinator)
BO4106 – Seminars, Tutorials & Workshops
BO3102 – Field Skills in Plant and Environmental Science
BO3109 – Seminars, Tutorials & Workshops

Selected Publications

Kimberley, S., Naughton, O., Jonhston, P., Gill, L. & Waldren, S. (2012) The influence of flood duration on the surface soil properties and grazing management of karst wetlands (turloughs) in Ireland.  Hydrobiologia, 692: 29 – 40.

Godefroid, S., Rivière, S., Waldren, S., Boretos, N., Eastwood, R. & Vanderborght, T. (2011). To what extent are threatened European plant species conserved in seed banks?  Biological Conservation, 144: 1494 - 1498.

Waldren, S. & Kingston, N. (2011).  Phytogeography and relationships of the Pitcairn Islands flora. In: The Biology of Island Floras, eds D. Bramwell & J. Caujapé-Castells, pp239 – 264. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Waldren, S., Scally, L., Atalah, J et al., (2011)  Biodiversity and Environmental Change: An Integrated Study Encompassing a Range of Scales, Taxa and Habitats. Environmental Protection Agency: Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Ireland [STRIVE Report Series no 68]

Smith, R.J. & Waldren, S. (2010).  Patterns of genetic variation in Colchicum autumnale L. and its conservation status in Ireland: a broader perspective on local plant conservation.  Conservation Genetics, 11: 1351-1361.

Smyth, N., Waldren, S. & Kingston, N. (2010).  694. Abutilon pitcairnense, Malvaceae.  Plant in Peril, 35. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, 27: 355–364.

Roche, J.R., Mitchell, F.J.G. & Waldren, S. (2009).  Plant community ecology of Pinus sylvestris, an extirpated species reintroduced into Ireland.  Biodiversity and Conservation, 18: 2815-2203.

Kingston, N. & Waldren, S. (2006).  Biogeography of the Irish Lusitanian Heathers. In: Botanical links in the Atlantic Arc, eds S.J. Leach, C.N. Page, Y. Petoureau & M.N. Sanford, pp 137-145.  Botanical Society of the British Isles: London.

Kingston, N. & Waldren, S.  (2005) A conservation appraisal of the rare and endemic vascular plants of Pitcairn Island.  Biodiversity and Conservation, 14: 781-800.

Lynn, D.E. & Waldren, S.  (2003).  Survival of Ranunculus repens L. (Creeping Buttercup) in an amphibious habitat. Annals of Botany, 91: 75-84.

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Last updated 22 June 2015