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Michael O'Connell, National University of Ireland, Galway.


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Michael O'Connell currently holds the position of Professor in NUI Galway. He is Founder and Head of the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit (School of Natural Sciences / Botany). His research has involved multi-disciplinary investigations, and especially pollen analysis of peat and lake-sediment cores. He has undertaken extended periods of research and teaching in Germany, as a Humboldt Fellow (Institut für Küstenforschung, Wilhelmshaven) and as DAAD-sponsored Professor (Institut für Geobotanik, University of Hannover). He is currently interested in long-term environmental change with particular reference to climate change (Late-glacial and Holocene) and human impact (Holocene; especially from the Neolithic onwards).


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Research Interests

Pollen analysis - Holocene -climate change - human impact.


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Selected Publications

Feeser, I. and O'Connell, M. (2009) Fresh insights into long-term changes in flora, vegetation, land use and soil erosion in the karstic environment of the Burren, western Ireland, Journal of Ecology, 97, 1083-1100.

Overland, A. and O'Connell, M. (2008) Fine-spatial paleoecological investigations towards reconstructing late Holocene environmental change, landscape evolution and farming activity in Barrees, Beara Peninsula, southwestern Ireland, Journal of the North Atlantic, 1, 37-73.

Molloy, K. and O'Connell, M. (2007) Fresh insights into long-term environmental change on the Aran Islands based on palaeoecological investigations of lake sediments from Inis Oírr, Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, 59, 1-17.

Newman, C., O'Connell, M., Dillon, M. and Molloy, K. (2007) Interpretation of charcoal and pollen data relating to a late Iron Age ritual site in eastern Ireland: a holistic approach, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 16, 349-365.

O'Connell, M. and Molloy, K. (2001) Farming and woodland dynamics in Ireland during the Neolithic, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: Biology and Environment, 101, 99-128.