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College Photo Name Kelly, Daniel Lucius
Main Department Botany
College Title Associate Prof
College Tel +353 1 896 1809
My researches commenced in the area of phytosociology, with papers spanning the spectrum of Irish native woodland communities. My floristic expertise extends to bryophytes and lichens as well as vascular plants. My year in France and four years in Jamaica expanded my horizons in both teaching and research. I have produced substantial studies on native forest vegetation in Jamaica and Venezuela. My interests in tree regeneration and forest dynamics have led me to establish detailed study plots in Irish and neotropical forests, with long-term monitoring planned or in progress. My interest in the biology of oak has led to a long-term experimental study of sessile oak (Quercus petraea) regeneration, and to collaboration with molecular systematists in elucidating the phylogeography of Irish oak. I have a special interest in epiphytic plant communities, both in Ireland and the New World Tropics. I spent a sabbatical term at Universidad de Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela, and shorter periods working at the Albrecht-von-Haller-Institut fuer Pflanzenwissenschaften, University of Goettingen, Germany; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K. and the Natural History Museum, London, U.K. I have co-supervised a major project on biodiversity in Irish plantation forestry (BIOFOREST), and have just obtained funding approval for a major follow-up project. My research has sought to promote the conservation of native vegetation and flora, focusing on the problems of invasive alien species, grazing management and deforestation. My interest in conservation extends to the broader landscape, and I am also involved in studies on the biodiversity of hedges and of semi-natural grasslands.
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Editor of Watsonia (Journal of the Botanical Society of the British Isles) 1997
President, Dublin Naturalists' Field Club 1989 1991
Chairman, Irish Branch, Botanical Society of the British Isles 1981 1984
Member, British Ecological Society
Member, An Taisce
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
Senior Visiting Fellowship, Royal Irish Academy 1997
Species named in my honour: Eugenia kellyana Proctor 1982
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Medium Fluent
German Medium Medium Medium
Irish Basic Basic Basic
Spanish Medium Medium Medium
Description of Research Interests
Dr Daniel Kelly's research area lies in woodland and forest ecology. Current work with colleagues and students in Ireland includes biodiversity in Irish plantation forestry (ground flora and epiphytes), tree regeneration and the effects of large herbivores on native woodland vegetation. He also has a particular interest in bryophytes (mosses and liverworts). He is an Editor of Watsonia (journal of the Botanical Society of the British Isles). His other field of research is in the New World Tropics, and he has organised and led expeditions in Jamaica, Venezuela, Guyana and Honduras. The focus of his tropical interests is on forest biodiversity, structure and dynamics and epiphytic plant communities.
Research Interests
Biodiversity Woodlands ecology epiphytes plant community ecology
Research Projects
Project title Managing for biodiversity in a range of Irish forest types
Summary To assess the biodiversity of second rotation plantation forests; to make comparisons of diversity among different forest types, planted and semi-natural; to identify indicators of biodiversity for different forest types; to identify measures which may be used to enhance biodiversity in different forest types; and to compare Irish and British forest biodiversity.
Funding Agency COFORD
Programme COFORD Forest Research Programme 2006-2012
Type of Project
Date from 2007
Date to 2011
Person Months

Project title Grazing effects on plant and mollusc diversity in woodland and grassland habitats
Summary This project examines the impacts of grazing on biodiversity in semi-natural grassland, scrub and woodland on limestone, focussed in the Burren region (Co. Clare). A network of experimental exclosures have been established. Responses are being monitored among the communities of vascular plants, bryophytes and molluscs.
Funding Agency Environmental Protection Agency
Type of Project
Date from 2006
Date to 2009
Person Months 39

Project title Species composition and diversity of woodlands and hedgerows in the County of Fingal
Summary The project involves an extensive survey of hedge and broadleaved woodland vegetation in Fingal (northern Co. Dublin). We assess the contribution of each habitat to biodiversity in the county. We test the hypothesis that hedges form important refugia for woodland and other scarce species. Outputs will include recommendations for management of both hedges and woodland.
Funding Agency Fingal County Council
Type of Project
Date from 2005
Date to 2008
Person Months 39

Project title Conservation and molecular characterisation of veteran oak (Quercus spp.) and ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) trees.
Summary Irish veteran trees represent a rare and endangered genetic resource. This project aims to analyse the genetic variation in veteran oak and ash for the first time, and to promote the conservation of these genotypes through a range of vegetative propagation methodologies.
Funding Agency Teagasc
Type of Project Ph.D.
Date from 2004
Date to 2007
Person Months 39

Project title Biodiversity survey of Cusuco National Park, Honduras
Summary A multidisciplinary team is carrying out a survey of montane rain forest and associated habitats in Cusuco National Park, N.W. Honduras. The participating botanists have focussed on establishing and recording a network of permanent plots. These will provide an inventory of the forest composition; an assessment of the pattern of plant communities assocated with different habitats; and a baseline against which to monitor change
Funding Agency Operation Wallacea
Type of Project
Date from 2003
Date to 2008
Person Months

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Kelleher, C.T., Hodkinson, T.R., Douglas, G.C. & Kelly, D.L., Characterisation of chloroplast DNA haplotypes to reveal provenance and genetic structure of oaks in Ireland., Forest Ecology & Management, 169, 2004, p123 - 131
Kelleher, C.T., Hodkinson, T.R. & Kelly, D.L., Species status, hybridisation and geographic distribution of Irish populations of Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl. and Q. robur L., Watsonia, 25, 2004, p83 - 97
Kelly, D.L., O'Donovan, G., Feehan, J., Murphy, S., Drangeid, O.S. & Marcano-Berti, L., Epiphyte communities in montane rain forest in the Venezuelan Andes, Journal of Tropical Ecology, 20, 2004, p643 - 666
Kelly, D.L., The regeneration of Quercus petraea (sessile oak) in south-west Ireland: a 25-year experimental study, Forest Ecology & Management, 166, 2002, p207 - 226
A preliminary sketch of the Irish acidophilous oakwoods in, editor(s)J.-M. Gehu , Colloques phytosociologiques III: La Vegetation des Forets Caducifoliees Acidophiles, Vaduz, J. Cramer, 1975, pp375 - 387, [Kelly, D.L. & Moore, J.J.]
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