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Alison Donnelly, Trinity College, Dublin


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Alison Donnelly is a research lecturer in the Centre for the Environment where she leads the Phenology Research Group. Her research interests lie in the area of detecting the impact of climate change, in particular, rising temperatures on the local environment. This uses historic records of the timing of developmental stages (phenology) in plans and animals and correlates this with temperature variables.


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Research Interests

Historic records - climate warming - phenology

Collaborative Interests

I have strong collaborative links with Prof. John O'Halloran in University College, Cork; Dr. Colin Kelleher, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin; Dr. John Finnan, Teagasc; Dr. Amelia Caffarra, Instituto Agrario Di San Michele, Trentino, Italy; numerous other European colleagues through Cost Action 725 and Prof. Tim Sparks, Centre for Hydrology and Ecology, UK.



Selected Publications

Carroll, E., Sparks, T., Donnelly, A. and Cooney, T. (2009) Irish phenological observations from the early 20th century reveal a strong response to temperature, Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 109(B) (2), 115-126.

Donnelly, A., Cooney, T., Jennings, E., Buscardo, E. and Jones, M. (2009) Response of birds to climatic variability; evidence from the western fringe of Europe, International Journal of Biometeorology, 53, 211-220.

Donnelly, A., Salamin, N. and Jones, M.B. (2006) Changes in tree phenology: an indicator of spring warming in Ireland? Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 106B (1), 47-55.

Donnelly, A., Jones, M.B. and Sweeney, J. (2004) A review of indicators of climate change for use in Ireland, International Journal of Biometeorology, 49, 1-12.