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Marcin Penk


Dr Ruth Kelly
School of Natural Sciences (Zoology Building)
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

Tel: + 353 1 896 2780
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Research interests


I am a conservation biologist interested in conducting fundamental ecological research, which can be applied to the management of species and habitats. I am very interested in broad-scale statistical ecology, including species distribution modelling, dispersal modelling and trait-based comparative approaches. I have worked with a broad range of taxa, including vascular plants, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, and confess a particular fondness for mosses and liverworts.

Current projects


“Linking demography, dispersal and landscape characteristics to inform conservation in an era of global change

I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on an Irish Research Council funded project.  This project aims to use broad-scale comparative approaches to examine the associations between plant life-history strategies, dispersal capacity and landscape characteristics. Population processes such as dispersal and life-history strategies are key determinants of how organisms respond to global change. Furthermore, the evolution of dispersal and demographic life-history strategies are hypothesised to be strongly influenced by the spatial and environmental characteristics of the landscape.  Hence, an understanding of the associations between these key elements, demography, dispersal and landscape is essential for conservation planning.


Selected publications


O’Neill, D., Kelly, R., Dick, J., Ricciardi, A., MacIsaac, H. & Emmerson, M. On the context-dependent scaling of consumer feeding rates (2016) Ecology Letters, 19, 668–678 link to journal

Kelly, R., Boston, E., Montgomery, W.I. & Reid N. (2016) The role of the seed-bank in the recovery of temperate heath and blanket bog following wildfires. Applied Vegetation Science, 19, 620-633 link to journal

Leach, K, Kelly, R, Cameron, A, Montgomery, WI, Reid, N (2015) Expertly validated models and phylogenetically-controlled analysis suggests responses to climate change are related to species traits in the Order Lagomorpha. PLoS One 10(4): e0122267 link to journal

Kelly, R., Harrod, C., Maggs C.A. & Reid, N. (2015) Effects of Elodea nuttallii on temperate freshwater plants, microalgae and invertebrates: small differences between invaded and uninvaded areas. Biological Invasions, 17, 2123-2138. link to journal

Kelly, R., Lundy, M., Mineur, F., Harrod, C., Maggs, C., Humphries, N., Sims, D. & Reid, N. (2014) Historical data reveal power-law dispersal patterns of invasive plant species. Ecography, 37, 581–590. link to journal

Kelly, R, Leach, K, Cameron, A, Maggs, CA & Reid, N (2014) Combining global climate and regional landscape models to improve prediction of invasion risk. Diversity & Distributions, 20, 884-894. link to journal

Provan, J., Glendinning, K., Kelly, R & Maggs, C.A. (2013) Levels and patterns of population genetic diversity in the red seaweed Chondrus crispus (Florideophyceae): a direct comparison of single nucleotide polymorphisms and microsatellites. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 108, 251-262.  link to journal

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