Alison Donnelly

Visiting Assistant Professor
 Bolton Hall 426


PhD, Botany, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 1998
MS, Environmental Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 1993
BA, Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 1988

Office Hours

By appointment

Courses Taught

Geog 125 – Introduction to Environmental Geography Syllabus
Geog 304 – Human Impact on the Environment Syllabus
Geog 340 – Biogeography Syllabus
Geog 450 – Climates of the Past and Climate Change Syllabus

Research Interests

My research interests include examining the effects of rising temperature on the timing of recurring life-cycle events (phenology) of plants and animals in Ireland. This work employs the use of long-term observational data together with controlled environment experiments and phenological modelling.

Representative Publications

Donnelly, A., Geyer, H. and Yu, R. (2015). Changes in the timing of departure and arrival of Irish migrant waterbirds. PeerJ, 3:e726.

Donnelly, A., Yu, R. and Liu, L. (2014). Trophic-level responses differ as climate warms in Ireland. International Journal of Biometeorology.

Donnelly, A., Crowe, O., Regan, E., Begley, S., Jennings, E. and Caffarra, A. (2013). The role of citizen science in environmental monitoring in Ireland. International Journal of Biometeorology.

Donnelly, A., Caffarra, A., Kelleher, C.T., O’Neill, B.F., Diskin, E., Pletsers, A., Proctor, H., Stirnemann, R., O’Halloran, J., Peñuelas, J., Hodkinson, T.R. and Sparks, T. (2012). Surviving in a warmer world: environmental and genetic responses. Climate Research 53:245-262.

Donnelly, A., Styles, D.F., Fitzgerald, J. and Finnan, J.M. (2011). A proposed framework for determining the environmental impact of replacing agricultural grassland with Miscanthus in Ireland. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 3:247-263.

Donnelly, A., Jones, M.B., O’Mahony, T. and Byrne, G. (2007). Selecting environmental indicators for use in strategic environmental assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 27: 161-175.

Donnelly, A., Jennings, E., Finnan, J., Mooney, P., Lynn, D., Jones, M., O’Mahony, T., Thérivel, R. and Byrne, G. (2006). Objectives, targets and indicator for use in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management 8: 135-156.