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Dr Gayle McGlynn

Dr Gayle McGlynn

Telephone: +353-(0)1 896 1712
Postal Address:
Department of Geography
Museum Building
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

Research Area

Gayle’s main research interests centre on understanding the causes, patterns and impacts of climate and environmental change. Her research has mostly been based in tropical Africa, and she is particularly interested in understanding the drivers of both long-term and recent environmental change at high-altitude sites in the Albertine Rift biodiversity hotspot.

Gayle is also interested in examining vegetation changes in Ireland during the Holocene, particularly those associated with human activity at sites of major archaeological interest.

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Gayle joined the teaching staff of the Department of Geography in September 2013. Prior to this, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the EU FP7-funded HEALTHY FUTURES project, which focuses on examining the relationship between environmental/climate change and water-related vector-borne diseases in eastern Africa. Her PhD thesis, which she completed in 2012, examined Holocene environmental change in high-altitude ecosystems in the Albertine Rift using multi-proxy sediment-based evidence from the Virunga volcanoes. This research was primarily funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, in addition to funding from the National Geographic Society and the EU-FP7 funded CREATING project.

Gayle holds a first-class honours degree in Geography from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc (distinction) in Quaternary Science from the University of London, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics (distinction) from Trinity College Dublin. She has been on the committee of the Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) since 2008.

Selected Publications and Research Outputs

Boessenkool, S., McGlynn, G., Epp, L., Taylor, D., Pimentel, M., Gizaw, A., Nemomissa, S., Brochmann, C. and Popp, M. (in press) Use of Ancient Sedimentary DNA as a Novel Conservation Tool for High-Altitude Tropical Biodiversity. Conservation Biology.

McGlynn, G., Mooney, S. and Taylor, D. (2013) Palaeoecological evidence for Holocene environmental change from the Virunga volcanoes in the Albertine Rift, central Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 61: 32-46.

McGlynn, G., Mackay, A.W., Rose, N.L., Taylor, R.G., Leng, M. and Engstrom, D.R. (2010) Palaeolimnological evidence of environmental change over the last 400 years in the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda. Hydrobiologia 648: 109-122.

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Last updated 16 October 2015