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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. I am Chair of the Irish Forum on Natural Capital 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
 Irish Natural Capital Accounting for Sustainable Environments (INCASE)
 PROTECTS: Protecting terrestrial ecosystems through sustainable pesticide use
 PoshBee Pan-European Assessment, Monitoring, and Mitigation of Stressors on the Health of Bees
 Connecting Nature

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Founder, former Chair and current Director, Irish Forum on Natural Capital 2014-present
Co-leader of the Irish Pollinator Research Network 2016-present
Co-founder and Deputy Chair All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2014-present
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), Leiden University (2017) 2006-present
National Sustainability Research Coordination Group Member 2017-present
National Horizon 2020 SC-2 Advisory Group member 2016-present
Journal of Pollination Ecology, co-founder and Editorial Board member 2009-present
FAO International Pollinator Initiative 2.0 Working Group Member 2017
Management Committee and WP leader COST Action Super-B 2014-2018
External Examiner for MSc (Research) University of Nottingham (2015), University of KwaZulu Natal (2018) 2015-2018
Future Earth Ireland National Committee Member 2016-2018
Royal Irish Academy nomination to European Academies' Science Advisory Council working group on Ecosystem services, Agriculture and Neonicotinoids 2013-2015
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- 2016
BMC Ecology Journal Editorial Board Member 2013-2017
External Examiner for MSc in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology Queens University Belfast 2011-2015
PLoS ONE Journal Associate Editor 2008-2013
Member, National Platform for Biodiversity Research, Ireland 2005-2008
Associated Partner in EU integrated project on Assessing LArge scale Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods (ALARM) 2005-2009
Consultant, Bee conservation workshop - creating red data list for Irish bees, Trinity College Dublin Sept 2005
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Details Date From Date To
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
Ecosystem service evaluation in, Encyclopedia of Ecology, Second Edition, 2019, [Coscieme L, Stout JC], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Kavanagh S, Gunnoo J, Passos TM, Stout JC, White B, Physicochemical properties and phenolic content of honey from different floral origins and from rural versus urban landscapes, Food Chemistry, 272, 2019, p66-75 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Woodcock, B.A., Garratt, M.P.D., Powney, G.D., Shaw, R.F., Osborne, J.L., Saroka, J., Lindström, S.A.M., Stanley, D., Ouvrard, P., Edwards, M.E., Jauker, F., McCracken, M.E., Zou,Y., Potts, S.G., Rundlöf, M., Noriega, J.A. Greenop, A., Smith, H.G., Bommarco, R., van der Werf, W., Stout, J.C., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Morandin, L. , Bullock, J.M. and Pywell, R.F., Meta-analysis reveals that pollinator functional diversity and abundance enhance crop pollination and yield, Nature Communications, (10), 2019, p1481 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Noriega JA, Hortal J, Azcárate FM, Berg MP, Bonada N, Briones MJI, Del Toro I, Goulson D, Ibanez S, Landis DA, Moretti M, Potts SG, Slade EM, Stout JC, Ulyshen MD, Wackers FL, Woodcock BA, Santos AMC, Research trends in ecosystem services provided by insects, Basic and Applied Ecology, 26, 2018, p8-23 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Stout JC, Nombre I, de Bruijn B, Delaney A, Doke DA, Gyimah T, Kamano F, Kelly R, Lovett P, Marshall E, Nana A, Nasare LI, Roberts J, Tankoano P, Tayleur C, Thomas D, Vickery J, Kwapong P, Insect pollination improves yield of Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa subsp. paradoxa) in the agroforestry parklands of West Africa, Journal of Pollination Ecology, 22, 2018, p11-20 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Davis ES, Kelly R, Maggs CA, Stout JC, Contrasting impacts of highly invasive plant species on flower-visiting insect communities, Biodiversity and Conservation, 2018, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  DOI  URL
Redmond, C. M. and J. C. Stout, Breeding system and pollination ecology of a potentially invasive alien Clematis vitalba L. in Ireland, Journal of Plant Ecology, 11, 2018, p56-63 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Delaney A, Stout JC, Principles of cross congruence do not apply in naturally disturbed dune slack habitats: Implications for conservation monitoring, Ecological Indicators, 93, 2018, p358-364 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Legume crops and biodiversity in, editor(s)Murphy-Bokern D, Stoddard F, Watson C , Legumes in cropping systems, CABI, 2017, [Everwand G, Cass S, Dauber J, Williams M, Stout J], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hudson et al, The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project, Ecology and Evolution, 7, 2017, p145-188 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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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


Award Date
Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2011
Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society 2015
BES Ecological Engagement 2017
My research explores the relationships between plants, animals and people. I focus on pollination ecology, exploring how interactions shape ecological processes at individual, community and ecosystem scales. I address global challenges associated with climate change, food security, biodiversity conservation and human health, which are national and international research priorities, and crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Bees and pollination have become flagships for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service approaches globally. My group evaluates drivers of pollinator decline, explores the value of pollination to society, and provides the evidence-base for national conservation strategies. I am co-lead of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, relies on this underlying research. Since 2016, I have co-led the Irish Pollinator Research Network, an interdisciplinary group that conducts topical research to inform policy. By disentangling the relationships between pollinators and habitat management, my research contributes to the development of sustainable landscapes and livelihoods across the world. I have been researching Shea pollination and production in W. Africa, which is important locally, and to international cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industries. My research can help identify business risks associated with biodiversity loss, and develop habitat management solutions, and has significant societal implications for some of the poorest communities in the world. The Natural Capital concept unites the environment and the economy for a more sustainable future, and challenges and disrupts traditional approaches to economic accounting and environmental management. The concept has been introduced into the EPA's research funding streams, and gained traction politically and in the private sector. I currently use the natural capital approach within the SFI Beacon Research Centre, where I am leading research into the sustainability of the bioeconomy. I am also lead on an EPA grant on innovative research to develop natural capital accounting. I disseminate my research widely, in academia, policy, business and to the public. Internationally, I collaborate widely (e.g via the EU H2020 PoshBee project, COST Action Super-B, and other funded and unfunded collaborations) and regularly attend and contribute to international conferences. I am a reviewer of research proposals, journal articles, and postgraduate theses.