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Professor Jane Stout

VP for Biodiversity & Climate Action (Provost's Office)


Professor of Ecology (Botany) (Botany)

Jane is an internationally renowned expert on pollinator and pollination ecology, and a prominent voice for biodiversity and its value. Her research seeks to understand how land management practices, including agriculture and urbanisation, affect ecological processes and the benefits of nature for humans. Jane works across disciplines, and with a broad range of stakeholders in public and private organisations, to improve environmental policy and practice. She leads a large team of researchers in the Plant-Animal Interactions Research group in Botany, in the School of Natural Sciences in Trinity. She is co-founder and Chair of the Board of the Irish Forum on Natural Capital, and co-founder and deputy Chair of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Blog:
  Bees   Behavioural and evolutionary ecology   Biodiversity   Biodiversity and Conservation   Biological Invasion   Ecology   Entomology   Environmental biology   Insects   Invasive Alien Species   Land Use Planning/Policy   natural capital   Pollination   Pollinators   Sustainable Agriculture   Weeds
 For-ES Accounting for Forest Ecosystem Services in Ireland
 Nature+ Energy
 Farm Zero C
 FOREST: Reimagining relations with nature
 Enhancing pollinator diversity through biodiversity-friendly management actions

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Ireland's National Bioeconomy Forum Expert Advisory Group member 2021
The Common Agricultural Policy post-2020: Irish Scientists Workshop member 2020
National Parks and Wildlife review Chair 2021
EU H2020 'Safeguard' project External Advisory Board Member 2021
Global Coalition of the Willing 'Promote Pollinators' Irish member representative 2018
Founder, former Chair and current Director, Irish Forum on Natural Capital 2014
Co-leader of the Irish Pollinator Research Network 2016
Co-founder and Deputy Chair All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2014
External PhD Examiner University of Bristol (2006, 2017, 2018), Norwegian University of Life Sciences Ås Norway (2008), University of Northampton (2009, 2015), Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (2009), University of Reading (2010, 2016), Queens University Belfast (2010, 2016), University of Queensland (2012), University of Limerick (2013), University of Southampton (2013), University of Leeds (2013), University of Stirling (2015), University of Newcastle (2016, 2018), University of Helsinki (2016), University of Sussex (2017, 2018, 2022), Leiden University (2017), University of Exeter (2019), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2019) 2006
National Sustainability Research Coordination Group Member 2017
Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Praeger Grants Assessment Committee member 2020
National Horizon 2020 SC-2 Advisory Group member 2016
Journal of Pollination Ecology, co-founder and Editorial Board member 2009
FAO International Pollinator Initiative 2.0 Working Group Member 2017
Management Committee and WP leader COST Action Super-B 2014
External Examiner for MSc (Research) University of Nottingham (2015), University of KwaZulu Natal (2018) 2015
Future Earth Ireland National Committee Member 2016
Royal Irish Academy nomination to European Academies' Science Advisory Council working group on Ecosystem services, Agriculture and Neonicotinoids 2013
Overall Rapporteur and Organising Committee member for European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Colloquium on "Towards holistic approaches to the risk assessment of multiple stressors in bees", Parma Italy 2013
Trustee, Bumblebee Conservation Trust 2013
BMC Ecology Journal Editorial Board Member 2013
External Examiner for MSc in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology Queens University Belfast 2011
PLoS ONE Journal Associate Editor 2008
Consultant, Bee conservation workshop - creating red data list for Irish bees, Trinity College Dublin 2005
Member, National Platform for Biodiversity Research, Ireland 2005
Associated Partner in EU integrated project on Assessing LArge scale Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods (ALARM) 2005
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English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Details Date From Date To
Natural Capital Ireland (The Irish Forum on Natural Capital) 2014 present
British Ecological Society 1996 present
Royal Entomological Society 2015 present
Ecological Society of America 2014
International Bee Research Association 1998 2005
International Union for the Study of Social Insects (British Section) 1998 2003
Bottero, I. and Dominik, C. and Schweiger, O. and Albrecht, M. and Attridge, E. and Brown, M.J.F. and Cini, E. and Costa, C. and De la Rúa, P. and de Miranda, J.R. and Di Prisco, G. and Dzul Uuh, D. and Hodge, S. and Ivarsson, K. and Knauer, A.C. and Klein, A.-M. and MÀnd, M. and Martínez-López, V. and Medrzycki, P. and Pereira-Peixoto, H. and Potts, S. and Raimets, R. and Rundlöf, M. and Schwarz, J.M. and Senapathi, D. and Tamburini, G. and Talaván, E.T. and Stout, J.C., Impact of landscape configuration and composition on pollinator communities across different European biogeographic regions, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 11, (1128228), 2023, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Russo, L. and Ruedenauer, F. and Gronert, A. and Van de Vreken, I. and Vanderplanck, M. and Michez, D. and Klein, A. and Leonhardt, S. and Stout, J.C., Fertilizer and herbicide alter nectar and pollen quality with consequences for pollinator floral choices, PeerJ, 11, (e15452), 2023, Notes: [cited By 2], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kavanagh, S. and Phelan, N. and Rodriguez-Gasol, N. and O' Brien, S. and Stout, J.C. and Fitzpatrick, Ã ., PROTECTING FARMLAND POLLINATORS: WHOLE FARM SCORECARD - EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS, Journal of Pollination Ecology, 34, (5), 2023, p312-328 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Russo, L. and Stout, J.C., Manipulating network connectance by altering plant attractiveness, PeerJ, 11, (e16319), 2023, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Karbassioon, A. and Yearlsey, J. and Dirilgen, T. and Hodge, S. and Stout, J.C. and Stanley, D.A., Responses in honeybee and bumblebee activity to changes in weather conditions, Oecologia, 201, (3), 2023, p689-701 , Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Larragy, S.J. and Möllmann, J.S. and Stout, J.C. and Carolan, J.C. and Colgan, T.J., Signatures of Adaptation, Constraints, and Potential Redundancy in the Canonical Immune Genes of a Key Pollinator, Genome biology and evolution, 15, (4), 2023, Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Zioga, E. and White, B. and Stout, J.C., Honey bees and bumble bees may be exposed to pesticides differently when foraging on agricultural areas, Science of the Total Environment, 896, (166214), 2023, Notes: [cited By 3], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Zioga E, White B, Stout JC , Pesticide mixtures detected in crop and non-target wild plant pollen and nectar, Science of the Total Environment, 879, 2023, p162971 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Gorman CE, Torsney A, Gaughran A, McKeon C, Farrell C, White C, Donohue I, Stout J, Buckley YM, Reconciling climate action with the need for biodiversity protection, restoration and rehabilitation, Science of the Total Environment, 857, (1), 2023, p159316 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Neill AM, O'Donoghue C, Stout JC, Spatial analysis of cultural services using social media data: A guide to model selection for research and practice, One Ecosystem, 8, 2023, pe95685 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Fitzpatrick U, Stout JC and Steering Group, ' All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-25', National Biodiversity Data Centre, 2021, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Stout J.C., Ó Cinnéide, M. , Review of the NPWS 2021: Key findings and recommendations. Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS),, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH), Government of Ireland., 2021, Report, APPROVED
King, U, and Stout, J.C., Discovering Trinity's Biodiversity: Report from the Biodiversity Audit Pilot Study, Trinity College Dublin, 2021, Report, PUBLISHED
Gaughran A and Stout J, Biodiversity Audit at Áras an Uachtaráin Final Report, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Fitzpatrick U, Stout JC and Steering Group, 'All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020', National Biodiversity Data Centre, 2015, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
EFSA , Towards holistic approaches to the risk assessment of multiple stressors in bees. EFSA Scientific Colloquium Summary Report 18, European Food Safety Authority, November, 2013, Notes: [doi: 10.2805/53269 ], Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Won most cited review award from the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (GFÖ) (2021) 2021
British Ecological Society Ecological Engagement Prize winner 2017
Elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society 2015
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2011
My research explores relationships in nature, and between nature and people. I address causes and consequences of biodiversity loss across sectors and scales, applying my work to global challenges of climate change, food security, and human health. I make a unique and substantive contribution to pollinator ecology research and am at the forefront of this field worldwide. By disentangling relationships between pollinators and human activity, beyond crop pollination, my research enables more sustainable landscapes and livelihoods, and improved well-being. I founded the Irish Pollinator Research Network, and my research has shaped the field in a fundamental and enduring manner. This is evidenced by the excellent researchers I have trained, and by my research underpinning what was described by the Minister for Heritage as "the most successful conservation strategy in Ireland", the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. I co-founded and co-lead this initiative, which has influenced management at thousands of sites across Ireland, and inspires action across the EU and beyond. Additionally, my research explores the value of ecosystems to society, and I have spear-headed transdisciplinary research on the natural capital approach, uniting environment, society and economy, as a mechanism for nature restoration. I have developed Natural Capital Accounting research, and my INCASE project has been pronounced as "game changing" by the Central Statistics Office. In the last five years, I have secured >€4million in research funding, from national and international sources. Last year, I led a multidisciplinary team to win a Trinity E3 Kinsella Challenge-Based award, led a collaboration with industry to win a DAFM Thematic Research award, and played leadership roles in the successful SFI Zero Emissions Challenge €2 million Prize and Nature+ Energy bids. I continue my trajectory of research excellence and impact by publishing in the world"s top journals (127 peer-reviewed journal papers, 16 so far in 2022, often with international authors, 83% in Q1 journals, including Nature and Science, and >5,000 citations). My reputation as a world-class researcher has earned me invitations to join collaborations all over the world, including in tropical Africa, where my work will improve the livelihoods of some of the world"s poorest people by changing habitat management. My research crosses disciplinary boundaries and sectors, and justifies my standing as a prominent voice for nature and its value in academia, policy, regulation, and practice. I founded Natural Capital Ireland, which, under my leadership, has successfully developed key research and action for business and policy in Ireland. My unique research profile has earned me invitations to lead initiatives (including Platform-Lead in the second phase of SFI Bioeconomy Centre, BiOrbic) and speak at national and international research, policy and public fora (including the EU Commission and Oireachtas Committees). I have led research that has, and will, transform the management of nature, from individual sites (e.g. Áras an Uachtaráin and Trinity Campus) to the national level (e.g. my review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, which has the responsibility for Ireland"s nature conservation, led to its budget being doubled in 2022).