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Dr. John Connolly

Kinsella Assistant Professor (Geography)


Dr. John Connolly is The Kinsella Assistant Professor in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing and leads the Trinity Geospatial Research Group. He joined Trinity College Dublin in September 2020. He teaches GIS and remote sensing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. John's research uses GIS and Earth Observation to study the terrestrial environment including land use change; landscape carbon dynamics; solar mapping and habitat assessment using EO. He has produced more than 30 journal articles, reports and policy statements including articles in leading international peer-review journals such as: Earth Science Reviews; International Journal of Remote Sensing and Biogeosciences.

John is currently the Principal Investigator for the EPA funded iHabiMap project (2019 - 2023). He is a CO-PI on several projects including the EPA & NPWS funded Irish Peatland Resilience project(2021 - 2024), SmartBog project(2019-2023); the DAFM funded GENENET project project (2020-2022) and the SFI funded Enable SolarMap Project (2020-2021). He is also an international collaborator on the Boston University led GLanCE Project(2019-2024). He has co-ordinated several national and international research proposals including FP7, H2020, EPA, DAFM and a Google Earth Engine Research Award. John Collaborates widely and has active collaborations with colleagues in Ireland, Germany, UK, Sweden, USA, Canada and Brazil.

He currently co-supervises three PhD students (two at Trinity and one in Greifswald University) and co-supervises a Post Doctoral Researcher (DCU Insight centre).

He is interested in supervising PhD students, and working with Post Doctoral researchers interested in applied GIS and Earth Observation (Google Earth Engine etc.) under the following themes

· Global Land use and land use change using EO

· Landscape carbon dynamics (Net Ecosystem Exchange)

· Mapping peatlands and peatland degradation

· Mapping peatlands and peatland degradation

· Mapping the historical extent of peatlands and loss of carbon

· Mapping Ecosystem Services in the natural environment

· EO for renewable energy (i.e. Solar Mapping, Marine Survey)

· Permafrost degradation and net ecosystem exchange in the Arctic

Prior to joining Trinity College Dublin, John held positions at Dublin City University, Lund University, University College Cork and University College Dublin

 RePEAT- A Modern Resurvey of Mapped Irish Peatlands to Refine Assessment of Land Use Change and Progress Greenhouse Gas Removal and Emissions Inventories
 Irish Peatland Resilience
 Habitat Mapping, Monitoring and Assessment using High-Resolution Imagery
 Smart observation of management impacts on peatlands function (SmartBog)

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Journal Reviewer - Geoderma 2020
Journal Reviewer - Geoderma 2021
Member of Editorial Board for Frontiers in Earth Science 2019
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Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) 2019 2021
International Peatland Society (IPS) 2004 2021
Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI) 2012 2021
Irish Geomorphological Society (IGGY) 2017 2021
European Geosciences Union 2020 2021
American Geosciences Union 2013 2014
David Olefeldt1, MiDavid Olefeldt, Mikael Hovemyr, McKenzie A. Kuhn, David Bastviken, Theodore J. Bohn, John Connolly, Patrick Crill, Eugénie S. Euskirchen, Sarah A. Finkelstein, Hélène Genet, Guido Grosse, Lorna I. Harris, Liam Heffernan, Manuel Helbig, Gustaf Hugelius, Ryan Hutchins, Sari Juutinen, Mark J. Lara, Avni Malhotra, Kristen Manies, A. David McGuire, Susan M. Natali, Jonathan A. O'Donnell, Frans-Jan W. Parmentier, Aleksi Räsänen, Christina Schädel, Oliver Sonnentag, Maria Strack, Suzanne Tank, Claire Treat, Ruth K. Varner, Tarmo Virtanen, Rebecca K. Warren, and Jennifer D. Wattskael Hovemyr2, McKenzie A. Kuhn1, David Bastviken3, Theodore J. Bohn4, John Connolly5, Patrick Crill6, Eugénie S. Euskirchen7,8, Sarah A. Finkelstein9, Hélène Genet8, Guido Grosse10,11, Lorna I. Harris1, Liam Heffernan12, Manuel Helbig13, Gustaf Hugelius2,14, Ryan Hutchins15, Sari Juutinen16, Mark J. Lara17,18, Avni Malhotra19, Kristen Manies20, A. David McGuire8, Susan M. Natali21, Jonathan A. O'Donnell22, Frans-Jan W. Parmentier23,24, Aleksi Räsänen25, Christina Schädel26, Oliver Sonnentag27, Maria Strack28, Suzanne Tank29, Claire Treat10, Ruth K. Varner2,30, Tarmo Virtanen25, Rebecca K. Warren31, and Jennifer D. Watts2, The Boreal-Arctic Wetland and Lake Dataset (BAWLD), Earth System Science Data,, 2021, Notes: [In ESSD discussions. Accepted for publication], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Jianghua Wu* , Matthias Peichl, Junwei Luan, John Connolly and Ligang Xu, Editorial: Wetland Ecology and Biogeochemistry Under Natural and Human Disturbances, Front. Earth Sci. - Biogeoscience, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Budiman Minasny, Örjan Berglund, John Connolly, Carolyn Hedley, Folkert de Vries, Alessandro Gimona, Bas Kempen, Darren Kidd, Harry Lilja, Brendan Malone, Alex McBratney, Pierre Roudier, Sharon O'Rourke, José Padarian, Laura Poggio, Alexandre ten Caten, Daniel Thompson, Clint Tuve, Wirastuti Widyatmant , Digital Mapping of Peatlands, Earth Science Reviews, 196, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Switzlerand, Frontiers , [eds.], 2018-2021, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
Connolly, J. , Mapping Land use on Irish peatlands using medium resolution satellite imagery, Irish Geography, 51, (2), 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Tanneberger, F., Tegetmeyer, C., Busse, S., Barthelmes, A. and 55 others , The peatland map of Europe., Mires and Peat, 19, (22), 2017, p1 - 17, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Connolly, J. and Holden, N. M. , Detecting drains on a blanket bog using object based image analysis and very high resolution satellite imagery, Carbon Balance and Management, 12, (7), 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O' Connell. J, Connolly. J and Holden. N. , A monitoring protocol for vegetation change on Irish peatlands and heaths, Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 31, 2014, p130 - 142, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Frontiers in Earth Science: Cryospheric Science, Switzlerand, Frontiers , [Review Editor], 2013, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
Connolly J., Holden N.M., Classification of peatland disturbance, Land Degradation and Development, 24, (6), 2013, p548 - 555, p548-555 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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