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Professor Jane Stout

Vice Provost for Biodiversity & Climate (Provost's Office)


Professor in Botany (Botany)

Jane is an internationally renowned expert on pollinator and pollination ecology, and a prominent voice for biodiversity and its value. Her research seeks to understand how land management practices, including agriculture and urbanisation, affect ecological processes and the benefits of nature for humans. Jane works across disciplines, and with a broad range of stakeholders in public and private organisations, to improve environmental policy and practice. She leads a large team of researchers in the Plant-Animal Interactions Research group in Botany, in the School of Natural Sciences in Trinity. She is co-founder and Chair of the Board of the Irish Forum on Natural Capital, and co-founder 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
 For-ES Accounting for Forest Ecosystem Services in Ireland
 FOREST: Reimagining relations with nature
 Enhancing pollinator diversity through biodiversity-friendly management actions
 Biodiversity audit of Áras an Uachtaráin
 Irish Natural Capital Accounting for Sustainable Environments (INCASE)

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Details Date
National Parks and Wildlife review Chair 2021
EU H2020 'Safeguard' project External Advisory Board Member 2021
Global Coalition of the Willing 'Promote Pollinators' Irish member representative 2018
The Common Agricultural Policy post-2020: Irish Scientists Workshop member 2020
Founder, former Chair and current Director, Irish Forum on Natural Capital 2014
Co-leader of the Irish Pollinator Research Network 2016
Co-founder and Deputy Chair All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2014
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, 2018, 2022), Leiden University (2017), University of Exeter (2019), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2019) 2006
National Sustainability Research Coordination Group Member 2017
Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Praeger Grants Assessment Committee member 2020
National Horizon 2020 SC-2 Advisory Group member 2016
Journal of Pollination Ecology, co-founder and Editorial Board member 2009
FAO International Pollinator Initiative 2.0 Working Group Member 2017
Management Committee and WP leader COST Action Super-B 2014
External Examiner for MSc (Research) University of Nottingham (2015), University of KwaZulu Natal (2018) 2015
Future Earth Ireland National Committee Member 2016
Royal Irish Academy nomination to European Academies' Science Advisory Council working group on Ecosystem services, Agriculture and Neonicotinoids 2013
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
BMC Ecology Journal Editorial Board Member 2013
External Examiner for MSc in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology Queens University Belfast 2011
PLoS ONE Journal Associate Editor 2008
Member, National Platform for Biodiversity Research, Ireland 2005
Associated Partner in EU integrated project on Assessing LArge scale Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods (ALARM) 2005
Consultant, Bee conservation workshop - creating red data list for Irish bees, Trinity College Dublin 2005
Ireland's National Bioeconomy Forum Expert Advisory Group member 2021
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Details Date From Date To
Natural Capital Ireland (The Irish Forum on Natural Capital) 2014 present
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
Murphy, J. T., Breeze, T. D., Willcox, B., Kavanagh, S. & Stout, J. C. , Globalisation and pollinators: Pollinator declines are an economic threat to global food systems, People and Nature, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
P. A. Egan, P. C. Stevenson and J. C. Stout, Pollinator selection against toxic nectar as a key facilitator of a plant invasion, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377 , (1853 ), 2022, p20210168 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
J. C. Stout and L. V. Dicks, From science to society: implementing effective strategies to improve wild pollinator health, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377, (1853), 2022, p20210165 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Allen-Perkins, A. and Magrach, A. and Dainese, M. and Garibaldi, L.A. and Kleijn, D. and Rader, R. and Reilly, J.R. and Winfree, R. and Lundin, O. and McGrady, C.M. and Brittain, C. and Biddinger, D.J. and Artz, D.R. and Elle, E. and Hoffman, G. and Ellis, J.D. and Daniels, J. and Gibbs, J. and Campbell, J.W. and Brokaw, J. and Wilson, J.K. and Mason, K. and Ward, K.L. and Gundersen, K.B. and Bobiwash, K. and Gut, L. and Rowe, L.M. and Boyle, N.K. and Williams, N.M. and Joshi, N.K. and Rothwell, N. and Gillespie, R.L. and Isaacs, R. and Fleischer, S.J. and Peterson, S.S. and Rao, S. and Pitts-Singer, T.L. and Fijen, T. and Boreux, V. and Rundlöf, M. and Viana, B.F. and Klein, A.-M. and Smith, H.G. and Bommarco, R. and Carvalheiro, L.G. and Ricketts, T.H. and Ghazoul, J. and Krishnan, S. and Benjamin, F.E. and Loureiro, J. and Castro, S. and Raine, N.E. and de Groot, G.A. and Horgan, F.G. and Hipólito, J. and Smagghe, G. and Meeus, I. and Eeraerts, M. and Potts, S.G. and Kremen, C. and García, D. and Miñarro, M. and Crowder, D.W. and Pisanty, G. and Mandelik, Y. and Vereecken, N.J. and Leclercq, N. and Weekers, T. and Lindstrom, S.A.M. and Stanley, D.A. and Zaragoza-Trello, C. and Nicholson, C.C. and Scheper, J. and Rad, C. and Marks, E.A.N. and Mota, L. and Danforth, B. and Park, M. and Bezerra, A.D.M. and Freitas, B.M. and Mallinger, R.E. and Oliveira da Silva, F. and Willcox, B. and Ramos, D.L. and D. da Silva e Silva, F. and Lázaro, A. and Alomar, D. and González-Estévez, M.A. and Taki, H. and Cariveau, D.P. and Garratt, M.P.D. and Nabaes Jodar, D.N. and Stewart, R.I.A. and Ariza, D. and Pisman, M. and Lichtenberg, E.M. and SchÃŒepp, C. and Herzog, F. and Entling, M.H. and Dupont, Y.L. and Michener, C.D. and Daily, G.C. and Ehrlich, P.R. and Burns, K.L.W. and Vilà, M. and Robson, A. and Howlett, B. and Blechschmidt, L. and Jauker, F. and Schwarzbach, F. and Nesper, M. and Diekötter, T. and Wolters, V. and Castro, H. and Gaspar, H. and Nault, B.A. and Badenhausser, I. and Petersen, J.D. and Tscharntke, T. and Bretagnolle, V. and Willis Chan, D.S. and Chacoff, N. and Andersson, G.K.S. and Jha, S. and Colville, J.F. and Veldtman, R. and Coutinho, J. and Bianchi, F.J.J.A. and Sutter, L. and Albrecht, M. and Jeanneret, P. and Zou, Y. and Averill, A.L. and Saez, A. and Sciligo, A.R. and Vergara, C.H. and Bloom, E.H. and Oeller, E. and Badano, E.I. and Loeb, G.M. and Grab, H. and Ekroos, J. and Gagic, V. and Cunningham, S.A. and à ström, J. and Cavigliasso, P. and Trillo, A. and Classen, A. and Mauchline, A.L. and Montero-Castaño, A. and Wilby, A. and Woodcock, B.A. and Sidhu, C.S. and Steffan-Dewenter, I. and Vogiatzakis, I.N. and Herrera, J.M. and Otieno, M. and Gikungu, M.W. and Cusser, S.J. and Nauss, T. and Nilsson, L. and Knapp, J. and Ortega-Marcos, J.J. and González, J.A. and Osborne, J.L. and Blanche, R. and Shaw, R.F. and Hevia, V. and Stout, J. and Arthur, A.D. and Blochtein, B. and Szentgyorgyi, H. and Li, J. and Mayfield, M.M. and Woyciechowski, M. and Nunes-Silva, P. and Halinski de Oliveira, R. and Henry, S. and Simmons, B.I. and Dalsgaard, B. and Hansen, K. and Sritongchuay, T. and O'Reilly, A.D. and Chamorro García, F.J. and Nates Parra, G. and Magalhães Pigozo, C. and Bartomeus, I., CropPol: A dynamic, open and global database on crop pollination, Ecology, 103, (3), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Farrell, C.A. and Coleman, L. and Norton, D. and Kelly-Quinn, M. and Kinsella, S. and Obst, C. and Eigenraam, M. and O'Donoghue, C. and Sheehy, I. and Smith, F. and Stout, J.C., Applying ecosystem accounting to develop a risk register for peatlands and inform restoration targets at catchment scale: a case study from the European region, Restoration Ecology, 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Kavanagh S, Henry M, Stout JC, White B, Neonicotinoid residues in honey from urban and rural environments, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Topping CJ, Brown M, Chetcuti J, de Miranda JR, Nazzi F, Neumann P, Paxton RJ, Rundlöf M, Stout JC, Holistic environmental risk assessment for bees, Science, 317, (6532), 2021, p897 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Rotchés-Ribalta R, Ruas S, Ahmed KD, Gormally M, Moran J, Stout J, White B, Ó hUallacháin D, Assessment of semi-natural habitats and landscape features on Irish farmland: New insights to inform EU Common Agricultural Policy implementation, Ambio, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Ruas S, Rotchés-Ribalta R, Ó hUallacháin D, Ahmed KD, Gormally M, Stout JC, White B, Moran J, Selecting appropriate plant indicator species for Result-Based Agri-Environment Payments schemes, Ecological Indicators, 126, 2021, p107679 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Farrell CA, Coleman L, Kelly-Quinn M, Obst CG, Eigenraam M, Norton D, O'Donoghue C, Kinsella S, Delargy O, Stout JC, Applying the System of Environmental Economic Accounting-Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EA) framework at catchment scale to develop ecosystem extent and condition accounts, One Ecosystem, 6, 2021, pe65582 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL

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Fitzpatrick U, Stout JC and Steering Group, ' All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-25', National Biodiversity Data Centre, 2021, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
King, U, and Stout, J.C., Discovering Trinity's Biodiversity: Report from the Biodiversity Audit Pilot Study, Trinity College Dublin, 2021, Report, PUBLISHED
Stout J.C., Ó Cinnéide, M. , Review of the NPWS 2021: Key findings and recommendations. Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS),, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH), Government of Ireland., 2021, Report, APPROVED
Gaughran A and Stout J, Biodiversity Audit at Áras an Uachtaráin Final Report, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Fitzpatrick U, Stout JC and Steering Group, 'All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020', National Biodiversity Data Centre, 2015, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
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
TCD Kinsella Challenge-Based E3 Project Awardee (Project lead) 2021
SFI Zero Emissions Challenge Prize awardee 2021
Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine Thematic Research Call 2021 Awardee 2021
Won most cited review award from the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (GFÖ) (2021) 2021
Environmental Protection Agency - Sustainability Research Call Awardee 2018
Environmental Protection Agency - Research Programme Project Awardee 2016
British Ecological Society Ecological Engagement Prize winner 2017
Elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society 2015
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2011
SFI Research Frontiers Programme Awardee 2010
EPA Science, Technology, Research & Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme Awardee 2008
Environmental Protection Agency Biodiversity scholarship Awardee 2005
Science Foundation Ireland Basic Research Grant Awardee 2004
My research explores relationships between plants, animals and people. When I arrived in Ireland in 2001, there was no-one working in pollination and pollinator ecology, and so I established a group, which has built an internationally recognised reputation for excellence in this field. By disentangling the relationships between pollinators and land management, my research contributes to sustainable landscapes and livelihoods across the world. But we don't just focus on pollinators, we address the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss across sectors and scales, and apply our research to address global challenges associated with climate change, food security, and human health. My group also explores the value of ecosystems to society, spear-heading transdisciplinary research on the natural capital approach. This concept unites the environment, society and economy, and provides a mechanism for widespread restoration of biodiversity. Since my last promotion in 2015, I have secured >€4million in research funding for my group, from exchequer, non-exchequer, national and international sources. In the past 12 months, I led a multidisciplinary team to win one of the Trinity Kinsella Challenge-Based E3 awards, led a collaboration with industry to win a DAFM Thematic Research Call award, and am a key part of the team that won the SFI Zero Emissions Challenge Prize. My leadership in the area of pollination ecology is evidenced by my publications in the world's leading journals (>110 peer-reviewed international journal papers, X% in Q1 journals, including Nature and Science, and >5,000 citations). In addition, my reputation as a world-class researcher enabled me to initiate and lead an EU H2020 consortium bid, and to play a leadership role in an ongoing H2020 project. My research reputation has earned me invitations to join collaborations all over the world, including in tropical Africa, where my research will help some of the world's poorest people to improve their livelihoods by changing the way habitats are managed. Here in Ireland, I founded the Irish Pollinator Research Network (now comprising >40 researchers), and used my research to underpin changes in pollinator conservation policy and practice. Notably, I co-founded the hugely successful and internationally acclaimed All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, which has changed the way thousands of sites across Ireland are managed, and is being used as a blue-print for other Member States at EU level. My research crosses disciplinary boundaries and sectors, and has allowed me to have a prominent voice for nature and its value in academia, policy, regulation, and practice. I founded the Natural Capital Ireland, (NCI, a Company Limited by Guarantee). Under my leadership, NCI has successfully won tenders to develop key research and action for business and policy in Ireland. My research has earned me invitations to lead initiatives and speak at numerous national and international research, policy and public fora (including the EU Commission and national Oireachtas Committees), and to lead research that has and will transform the management of nature, from individual sites (e.g. Áras an Uachtaráin and Trinity Campus) to the national level (e.g. via reviewing the National Parks and Wildlife Service).