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Professor Jane Stout

Professor (Botany)

My research expertise is in the field of ecology, with an emphasis on human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. I seek to understand the processes and consequences of changes in land management and non-native species invasions, using plant-pollinator interactions as a model system. There is global concern over loss of pollination services and my research informs biodiversity conservation and agriculture, both nationally and internationally. I employ field-based experimental studies combined with laboratory analyses to characterise insect behaviour, plant breeding systems, biodiversity and conservation of pollinators and their impacts on plant population dynamics. My research programme is inter-disciplinary: my own expertise covers both botanical and zoological fields, but I also collaborate widely with geographers, socio-economists, chemists and molecular biologists, both nationally and internationally.
  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
 Birds, Bees and Butter
 Interactions between hydrology and ecology of dune slack ecosystems
 Effects of scale and landscape structure on pollinator diversity and the provision of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes
 Toxic nectar and pollen: impacts on flower-visiting mutualists and antagonists and role in invasion success
 Impacts of Legume cropping on biodiversity

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Associated Partner in EU integrated project on Assessing LArge scale Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods (ALARM) 2005-2009
Member, National Platform for Biodiversity Research, Ireland 2005-present
Consultant, Bee conservation workshop - creating red data list for Irish bees, Trinity College Dublin Sept 2005
Co-organiser of International Union for the Study of Social Insects (British Section) Meeting, Trinity College Dublin Dec 2003
Co-organiser of Irish Plant Scientists' Association Meeting, Trinity College Dublin March 2003 & March 2009
Management Committee COST Action Super-B 2014
Trustee, Bumblebee Conservation Trust 2013- present
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Details Date From Date To
International Union for the Study of Social Insects (British Section) 1998 2003
British Ecological Society 1996 present
International Bee Research Association 1998 2005
Ecological Society of America 2014
Zimmermann J, Stout JC, Underestimating neonicotinoid exposure: how extent and magnitude may be affected by land use change, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 2016, p7050-7054 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Tiedeken, Erin Jo, Egan, Paul A., Stevenson, Philip C., Wright, Geraldine A., Brown, Mark J. F., Power, Eileen F., Farrell, Iain, Matthews, Sharon M., Stout, Jane C., Nectar chemistry modulates the impact of an invasive plant on native pollinators, Functional Ecology, 30, 2016, p885-893 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Zimmermann, J., González, A, Jones, M.B., O'Brien, P., Stout, J.C. & S. Green, Assessing land-use history for reporting on cropland dynamics - a comparison between the Land-Parcel Identification System and traditional inter-annual approaches, Land Use Policy, 52, 2016, p30 - 40, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Rader, R., Bartomeus, I., Garibaldi, L.A., Garratt, M.P.D., Howlett, B.G., Winfree, R., Cunningham, S.A., Mayfield, M.M., Arthur, A.D., Andersson, G.K.S., Bommarco, R., Brittain, C., Carvalheiro, L.G., Chacoff, N.P., Entling, M.H., Foully, B., Freitas, B.M., Gemmill-Herren, B., Ghazoul, J., Griffin, S.R., Gross, C.L., Herbertsson, L., Herzog, F., Hipólito, J., Jaggar, S., Jauker, F., Klein, A.-M., Kleijn, D., Krishnan, S., Lemos, C.Q., Lindström, S.A.M., Mandelik, Y., Monteiro, V.M., Nelson, W., Nilsson, L., Pattemore, D.E., de O. Pereira, N., Pisanty, G., Potts, S.G., Reemer, M., Rundlöf, M., Sheffield, C.S., Scheper, J., Schüepp, C., Smith, H.G., Stanley, D.A., Stout, J.C., Szentgyörgyi, H., Taki, H., Vergara, C.H., Viana, B.F., Woyciechowski, M., Non-bee insects are important contributors to global crop pollination, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Egan P, Stevenson PC, Wright GA, Boylan F, Stout JC, Plant toxin levels in nectar vary spatially across native and introduced populations, Journal of Ecology, 104, 2016, p1106-1115 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Dauber J, Cass S, Gabriel D, Harte K, Åström S, O'Rourke E & Stout JC, Yield-biodiversity trade-off in patchy fields of Miscanthus x giganteus, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 7, (3), 2015, p455-467 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Tiedeken EJ, Stout JC, Insect-flower interaction network structure is resilient to a temporary pulse of floral resources from invasive Rhododendron ponticum, PLoS ONE, 10, 2015, pe0119733 -, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Kessler SC, Tiedeken EJ, Simcock KL, Derveau S, Mitchell J, Softley S, Radcliffe A, Stout JC, Wright GA, Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides, Nature , 521, (7550), 2015, p74-76 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Stout JC, Finn JA, Recognising the value of insects in providing ecosystem services, Ecological Entomology, 40, 2015, p1 - 2, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Bourke D, Stanley D, O'Rourke E, Thompson R, Carnus T, Dauber J, Emmerson M, Whelan P, Hecq F, Fynn E, Dolan L, Stout JC, Response of farmland biodiversity to the introduction of bioenergy crops: effects of local factors and surrounding landscape context, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 6, 2014, 275-289 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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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
Stout JC, Bourke D, Callier M, Carnus T, Crowe TP, Dauber D, Dolan D, Emmerson M,A Green D, Jones MB, Kochmann J, Mina-Vargas A, O'Rourke E, Sharkey N, Spillane C, Stanley D, Thompson R, Tuteja R, Whelan P, Zimmermann J, SIMBIOSYS: Sectoral Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Synthesis Report, Johnstown Castle, Co.Wexford, Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, 2013, Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2011
Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society 2015
I am an ecologist and much of my research uses plant-pollinator interactions as a model system for investigating anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. I have particular interests in rare native and invasive alien species, in both managed and unmanaged landscapes. I employ field-based experimental studies combined with laboratory analyses to characterise insect behaviour, plant breeding systems, biodiversity and conservation of pollinators and their impacts on plant population dynamics.