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Dr. Jane Stout

Associate Professor (Botany)

After completeing my undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton, I went to Tanzania to work as a voluntary field assistant before returning to Southampton to work as a research technician in Dave Goulson's lab. I then went on to do a PhD on bumblebee foraging ecology with Drs Goulson and Allen, and a post-doc with Dr Goulson on bumblebee repellent scent marking. I also took part in two expeditions to Tasmania to study the impacts of non-native bumblebees on Australian flora and fauna. I then worked as a teaching fellow at Southampton before moving to Ireland. I was awarded an Enterprise Ireland post-doctoral fellowship to examine the interactions between non-native plants and their pollinators in Ireland, which brought me to Trinity College Dublin. In 2003, I was appointed as broad-curriculum lecturer in Botany, in 2007 I was appointed as lecturer in Botany, and in 2010 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer.
  Bees   Behavioural and evolutionary ecology   Biodiversity   Biodiversity and Conservation   Biological Invasion   Ecology   Entomology   Environmental biology   Insects   Invasive Alien Species   Pollination   Pollinators   Weeds
 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
 Plant-pollinator ecology in dune ecosystems

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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
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English Fluent Fluent Fluent
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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
Dauber J, Cass S, Gabriel D, Harte K, Åström S, O'Rourke E & Stout JC, Yield-biodiversity trade-off in fields of Miscanthus x giganteus, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 7, (3), 2015, p455-467 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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  DOI  URL
Kessler SC, Tiedeken EJ, Simcock KL, Derveau S, Mitchell J, Softley S, Stout JC, Wright GA, Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides, Nature , 521, (7550), 2015, p74-76 , 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
Stout JC, Anthropogenic impacts on pollination networks and plant mating systems, Functional Ecology, 28, 2014, p1 - 2, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Stout JC, Casey LE, Relative abundance of an invasive alien plant affects insect-flower interaction networks in Ireland, Acta Oecologica, 55, 2014, p78 - 85, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Breeze TD, Vaissière BE, Bommarco R, Petanidou T, Seraphides N, Kozák L, Scheper J, Biesmeijer JC, Kleijn D, Gyldenkærne S, Moretti M, Holzschuh A, Steffan-Dewenter I, Stout JC, Pärtel M, Zobel M, Potts SG, Agricultural policies exacerbate honeybee pollination service supply-demand mismatches across europe., PloS one, 9, (1), 2014, pe82996 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Stanley DA, Stout JC, Pollinator sharing between a mass flowering entomophilous bioenergy crop (oilseed rape) and co-flowering wild plants, Plant Ecology, 215, 2014, p315-325 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Tiedeken EJ, Stout JC, Stevenson PC, Wright GA, The bumblebee Bombus terrestris has poor acuity for the detection of toxins in nectar, Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 2014, p1620-1625 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
O'Rourke AT, Fitzpatrick U, Stout JC , Spring foraging resources and the behaviour of pollinating insects in fixed dune ecosystems, Journal of Pollination Ecology, 13, 2014, p161-173 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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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


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Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2011
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.