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Professor Jane Stout

Professor (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
 Enhancing pollinator diversity through biodiversity-friendly management actions
 Biodiversity audit of Áras an Uachtaráin
 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

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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, 2018), Leiden University (2017), University of Exeter (2019), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2019) 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
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
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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
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
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
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
Vanderplanck M, Michez D, Albrecht M, Attridge E, Babin A, Bottero I, Breeze T, Brown M, Chauzat M-P, Cini E, Costa C, De la Rua P, de Miranda JR, Di Prisco G, Dominik C, Dzul D, Fiordaliso W, Gennaux S, Ghisbain G, Hodge S, Klein A-M, Knapp J, Knauer A, Laurent M, Lefebvre V, Mänd M, Martinet B, Martinez-Lopez V, Medrzycki P, Pereira Peixoto MH, Potts SG, Przybyla K, Raimets R, Rundlöf M, Schweiger O, Senapathi D, Serrano J, Stout JC, Straw EA, Tamburini G, Toktas Y, Gérard M , Monitoring bee health in European agro-ecosystems using wing morphology and fat bodies, One Ecosystem, 6, 2021, pe63653. , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Bottero I, Hodge S, Stout JC, Taxon-specific temporal shifts in pollinating insects in mass-flowering crops and field margins in Ireland, Journal of Pollination Ecology, 28, 2021, p90 - 107, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
White, C.; Collier, M.J.; Stout, J., Using ecosystem services to measure the degree to which a solution is nature-based, Ecosystem Services, 50, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Cole, L. J., D. Kleijn, L. V. Dicks, J. C. Stout, S. G. Potts, M. Albrecht, M. V. Balzan, I. Bartomeus, P. J. Bebeli, D. Bevk, J. C. Biesmeijer, R. Chlebo, A. Dautartė, N. Emmanouil, C. Hartfield, J. M. Holland, A. Holzschuh, N. T. J. Knoben, A. Kovács-Hostyánszki, Y. Mandelik, H. Panou, R. J. Paxton, T. Petanidou, M. A. A. Pinheiro de Carvalho, M. Rundlöf, J.-P. Sarthou, M. C. Stavrinides, M. J. Suso, H. Szentgyörgyi, B. E. Vaissière, A. Varnava, M. Vilà, R. Zemeckis, J. Scheper., A critical analysis of the potential for EU Common Agricultural Policy measures to support wild pollinators on farmland, Journal of Applied Ecology, 57, 2020, p681 - 694, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Delaney A, Dembele A, Nombré I, Gnane Lirasse F, Marshall E, Nana A, Vickery J, Tayleur C, Stout JC, Local‐scale tree and shrub diversity improves pollination services to shea trees in tropical West African parklands, Journal of Applied Ecology, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL

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King, U, and Stout, J.C., Discovering Trinity's Biodiversity: Report from the Biodiversity Audit Pilot Study, Trinity College Dublin, 2021, Report, 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
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.