Research Profile

Robert Devoy

Biography

Prof. of Geography (Emeritus) and currently Senior Science and Technical Advisor in Beaufort, UCC, working particularly within the former Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) in Beaufort and also as a Researcher within the Department of Geography, UCC. Formerly, Head of School of Geography and Archaeology:The School of the Human Environment and Prof. of Physical Geography, UCC.

Born in a seaside town and growing up on a small island then, not surprisingly, I have long been drawn to things of the coast and sea: a youth 'mis-spent' in beachcombing! Graduating in the 1970s from the Universities of Durham and Cambridge (UK), my long- term interests in physical geography and the Earth environment reflects this attraction to coasts.  Linked but wider interests include research in areas of Quaternary Science and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, particularly as applied to coastal environments, through the study of diatoms and vegetational history. 

My early research centred on London and the coasts of southern England, with PhD work on the analysis of sea-level changes and land subsidence in the Thames estuary. Aspects of these studies also included the environmental reconstruction of ancient coasts and the vegetational history of the region. Moving to Cork in 1977 this coastal-based research has continued in Ireland and also more widely, in the eastern USA, in Atlantic Europe from Scandinavia and the Baltic to Mediterranean Spain, Australia, Tahiti and New Zealand. This work has led to the publication of research papers, monographs and books on many aspects of sea-level changes and coastal processes. This includes work on tsunamis, past shorelines and linked coastal palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, the development of landbridges and their use in plant and animal migration, work in areas of the marine sciences, particularly of Shelf sediment movements and geomorphology, and in issues of coastal management and governance. Since the late 1990s, concerns for the repercussions of climate warming and sea-level rise have resulted in work, using numerical modelling approaches, on the assessment and projections of the impacts of changes in storminess patterns on European Atlantic coasts.

In 1992 this focus upon coastal research led to the founding of the Coastal Resources Centre in UCC, subsequently the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC), of which Prof. Devoy was Director till 2002, and which was incorporated recently (November 2014) into Beaufort, UCC. Activities in the CMRC have involved many different types of marine-related work at both research and commercial levels. The Centre, as linked to Geography and other University departments, has provided technical training for students and long-term jobs for graduates interested in the coastal and marine environments, together with a long running Masters programme in Coastal and Marine Management through the Department of Geography.

These interests in coasts have spilled over into work upon many other aspects of Earth environmental studies and has included research on glaciations and Ice Age events in Ireland, the development of lakes, rivers and river catchment management, boglands and on deep-sea environments.  Current studies include research upon themes of coastal erosion, wave, sediment and water dynamics, together with linked issues of coastal management and governance, energy and natural resources uses of the European Atlantic margins, as coupled with marine spatial planning.

Physical geography is as much about people as it is about the analysis of environmental functioning. An aim of studying the Earth environment is to provide better knowledge of how it operates, enabling people to find improved ways of living and working in the environment. Communicating the results of environmental research has been an important part, therefore, of my contribution in helping promote this aim. This has led to regular newspaper, TV and film coverage of coastal management, sea-level and related climate change topics. Community based work also includes the development of university continuing education courses (UCC) in Environmental Studies and in the development in the 1990s of the Diploma in Environmental Science and Social Policy, together with coverage of people's interests in relationships between beliefs, God and the environment, through talks on Faith and Science. 

Further Detail:-Professor Devoy is currently (2014- ) involved in the development of science contributions to a range of coastal and marine research projects, together with advisory and consultation activities, in Beaufort within the Coastal and Marine Research Centre. This work is also linked to the Department of Geography's (UCC) research cluster Changing Coasts, Climates and Societies (CCCS). His role involves continuation of his career in multidisciplinary research and university education. Since 2002 his work has included projects in EU research awards, e.g., INTERREG II – IVc and Framework V - VII programmes (e.g., ECONET, ENCORA, CorePoint, CoPraNet, EELA, CoastNet, CEDAM/ Conscience, Eco-Imagine, IMCORE, CoastAdapt, Conscience, SPICOSA, ICoNet, MARLISCO, iCoast) as well as in other internationally funded research, e.g., IGCP and LOICZ projects (UNESCO, IGBP), the European Space Agency’s e-Surge programme; in nationally funded research awards in coastal science and management, together with climate science and palaeoenvironmental linked research (e.g., through the EPA, SFI and Marine Institute, Ireland). He is also involved in smaller scale consultancy type coastal science, coastal management (CZM), climate change and wider applied geomorphological - environmental projects in Ireland and abroad (e.g., Local Authorities and other government agencies; industrial and environmental management consultants).

Prof. Devoy was a Lead Author, member and reviewer, in the Nobel Prize winning  Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4, 2004 - 2007) and subsequently a reviewer of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5, 2012 - 2014). His research in coastal science has also involved him as National Representative and Executive Board/ Committee member (including Chairman) of international research groups (including e.g., UNESCO's International Geological Correlation Programme’s projects (IGCP 61, 200, 267 and 367); the International Geosphere and Biosphere Programme’s Land Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ), the International Science Committee for Oceans Research (SCORE), the International Geographical Union's Commission on Marine Geography; the International Quaternary Association’s- Northwest European Shorelines Commission; Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA); the National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, the Royal Irish Academy; member of the Marine Committee, and Geography Committee; the Heritage Council of Ireland; member of the Marine Institute’s (Ireland) Sea Change Programme, Rapid Climate Change Implementation and Strategy Team; Executive Board member of the SFI’s Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) and member of the SFI/ DTI’s education & research development team in Brazil (2014); assistance in the formation of the Irish Geomorphology Research Group (IGGy). He continues to contribute to and lead a range of EU and ESF (European Science Foundation) international research conferences and policy forums on coastal and marine themes.

Contributions covering a wide range of lecturing, fieldwork and other teaching activities, together with administrative work have been made by Prof. Devoy, both within universities (nationally and internationally) and in the public domain (e.g., areas of Adult and Continuing Education, different community groups, local public and in government bodies, professional technical groups (e.g. the GSI, EPA in Ireland) and in newspaper, radio, TV and other media work, over a university career of 40 years. These varied education and research programmes have involved the use of personal expertise and technical skills covering many subject fields. This work has promoted significantly inter-disciplinary teaching and research in the university and wider community. Additionally, international university teaching, student and staff exchange networks have been devised and set up (e.g., Erasmus & Socrates). Other research-led student exchange programmes within Masters and PhD programmes have also been innovated in the coastal and marine sciences fields, involving universities in Europe, Canada, Brazil, Australia and the USA. He continues with part time teaching in University Masters (Coastal Management), PhD supervisions and is the University’s Ombudsman for Student Affairs.

Synopsis of Areas of Career Contributions:-

Publications and Reviews - Papers include more than 90 publications as research papers, review articles in national, international journals and chapters in refereed books (since 1977); dealing with themes in coastal science, storminess and wave modelling, climate and environmental changes, coastal management, palaeo-environmental reconstructions and vegetational history. Worked as a referee/ reviewer for >180 reviews/ referee's reports on books, international journal papers, national and international science research funding applications etc. and was formerly an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Coastal Conservation and other academic publications. Further detail of a selection of these publications is given elsewhere in this web profile (see Publications)

Media and Communications - Printed press, TV and radio programmes. This has involved frequent appearances in RTE in Ireland other TV station Documentary series and Radio News (national & local) programming on Coastal and Marine science, particularly on storminess issues, sea-level rise and river flooding, as linked particularly to climate change and global warming issues.

Presentations - Invited speaker and keynote addresses for many national and international organizations, conferences, annual meetings, e.g., the International Geographical Union; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Council for British Archaeology; NATO and University of Lisbon, Summer Schools on themes in coastal science; the International Geophysical Union; American Association of Geographers; European Science Foundation; Academica Sinica (China)– National Marine Institute (Quingdao); Royal Society, London…………. . (> 200 conference paper presentations).

Post-graduate Supervision - Supervision of Masters (by thesis) and PhD Students, approximately 20 students have been supervised in the last 10 years. External examiner for University departments, as examiner of undergraduate degree programmes, of postgraduate awards at Masters, PhD levels, of postdoctoral awards (DSc) and as member (External Examiner) on University appointments and promotional boards.

Awards and Grant Income - Nobel Prize Award (Peace), as a Lead Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007. As the Projects' developer, Director and chief scientist of >30 major research projects, won between 1979 - 2012. These have generated research funding income (from c.1990 - 2012), together with Prof. Devoy’s research contributions in the CMRC and CCCS, to the value of c.€5.9M. Director of two Research Centres, The Resources Environmental Management Unit (REMU) (joint Founder) and subsequently the CMRC (Founder), which has won international recognition as a Centre of excellence in coastal research.

 

Research Interests

See Under General Information & Biography_

Prof. Devoy's research interests have concentrated in work upon coastal processes, sea-level changes and related aspects of marine science, together with study of climate - storminess and linked environmental impacts; coastal management; Quaternary Studies and geomorphology, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and vegetational history.

Publications include 4 books (edited) and 2 monographs. Papers- work includes more than 90 research papers and major review articles in international journals since 1977 (papers in e.g., Nature, Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, the Royal Society of London, Geological Society of London, Geological Magazine, Journal of Quaternary Science, Irish Geography, Quaternary Science Reviews, Marine Geology, Terra Nova, Geologie en Mijnbouw, The Holocene, Journal of Coastal Research, Ocean and Coastal Management). 

Topics covered deal with themes in coastal science, storminess and wave modelling, climate and environmental changes, coastal management, palaeo-environmental reconstructions and vegetational history. Worked as a referee/ reviewer for >180 reviews/ referee's reports on books, international journal papers, national and international science research funding applications.

Research Funding Awards (Summary):- 

As projects' Director and chief scientist >30 major research projects have been won directly (1979 - 2012); generating research funding (c.1990 - 2012), with Prof. Devoy’s research contributions in UCC (based jointly in Geography and the CMRC), to the value of >€5.9M. Additional research funding value has been added subsequently through CMRC project work engaged in since 2012.

Awarding sources have included: -
The National Environmental Research Council (NERC, UK); the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); the International Geological Correlation Programmes (UNESCO); the Commission of European Communities (e.g., DG IX; DGXI; DGXII, the Environment and MAST Research Programmes, Frameworks 3 – 7, the PHARE programme and from the European Regional Development Fund, INTERREG III - VIc programmes); the World Bank;  the Marine Institute (Ireland) (Marine Research Measures awards); Forbaírt (Enterprise Ireland); Science Foundation Ireland; Department of Energy and of the Marine, Petroleum Affairs Division; the Pfizer Chemical Corp., Elanco Chemical Corporation; IRD-Duhallow Engineering; Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Wexford, Fingal County Councils, and other Local Authorities; the Shannon Ports Authority; the Higher Education Authority (HEA) PRTLI cycle awards 2 – 4; the Heritage Council of Ireland; the Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland), NDP Climate Change Programme 2007-2013. 

Prof. Devoy is currently involved in the development of scientific contributions to and the direction of a range of research projects and consultation through Beaufort in the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC), UCC and as linked to the Department of Geography’s research cluster Changing Coasts, Climates and Societies (CCCS) (see Department of Geography (web siteshttp://www.ucc.ie/en/geography// and http://cmrc.ucc.ie/).

In recent time (since c.2002), these have included, the CEC’s (EU) and other international and nationally funded projects. Projects include work in the CEC’s (EU) Framework 6 & 7 Programmes (projects in INTERREG II – IVc programmes, e.g., ECONET, ENCORA, CorePoint, CoPraNet, EELA, CoastNet, CEDAM/ Conscience, EcoImagine, IMCORE, CoastAdapt (Northern Peripheries Programme), EUROSION, SPICOSA, ICoNet); COAST; iCoast; DANCERS; the Heritage Council of Ireland; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Ireland) awards 2008 - 2014 (e.g., ERC awards_ 3 projects; SSTI/ STRIVE awards_ 3 projects; CLAD and other climate/ coastal change based EPA projects); SFI MaREI award; LOICZ projects (UNESCO – IGBP); Marine Institute awards. Also, he directs/ has close involvement in smaller scale/ consultancy type coastal and climate science and coastal management projects for local government coastal authorities in Ireland and abroad (e.g., County Councils), Engineering and Environmental management consultants, dealing with coastal processes and coastal management (CZM) issues.

Regular and other involvement (Board Member) in Institutes/ Centres:-

  1. The Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC), UCC. The Naval Base, Haulbowline, Cork
  2. The Environmental Research Institute (ERI), UCC.
  3. The Irish Marine Energy Research Centre (IMERC).
  4. MaREI (the Marine Renewable Energy Institute).

 

 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
[MISCELLANEOUS] {DEVOY, DR. R} NMiscellaneous01-JAN-9001-JAN-12€8,194.00
Adapting to Climate Change through national and internation actions.Environment Protection Agency (EPA)01-OCT-0905-SEP-10€248,790.00
[HEA COASTAL ENVIRONMENT] {Devoy Dr.} NHigher Education authority01-OCT-0030-SEP-04€126,873.00
Climate observation system development and analysis.Environment Protection Agency (EPA)01-OCT-0931-DEC-13€336,158.00
EPA 2008 CCRP M.DESMOND Fellowship "Research Specialist - Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation"Environment Protection Agency (EPA)01-OCT-0830-NOV-14€550,976.00
[HEA CYCLE 3] {Devoy,Dr.Robert} NHigher Education authority01-JUN-0230-SEP-08€135,041.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(1977)'Holocene estuarine deposits of the lower Thames'
Devoy, R. J. N., ; (1977) 'Holocene estuarine deposits of the lower Thames' In: Southeast England and the Thames Valley. Norwich: Geo Abstracts. [Details]
(1994)'Climate Change and Coastal Management [B5510]'
Devoy, R.J.N.; (1994) 'Climate Change and Coastal Management [B5510]' In: Climate Change in Ireland 1994. [Details]
(2012)'Mid- to Late Holocene Relative Sea-level and Sedimentary Changes On European Atlantic Coasts: Evidence from Castlemaine Harbour, Southwest Ireland'
Delaney, C.A, Devoy, R.J.N. and Jennings, S.A. (2012) 'Mid- to Late Holocene Relative Sea-level and Sedimentary Changes On European Atlantic Coasts: Evidence from Castlemaine Harbour, Southwest Ireland' In: P.J. Duffy, D. Butler & P. Nugent (eds), Festschrift For Professor William J. Smyth. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
(2015)'The development and management of the Dingle Bay spit-barriers of southwest Ireland'
Devoy, R.J.N. (2015) 'The development and management of the Dingle Bay spit-barriers of southwest Ireland' In: Coastal Spits., Cooper, J.A.G. and Jackson, D.W. (eds). Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]
(2015)'Sea-level Rise: Causes, Impacts and Scenarios for Change'
Devoy, R.J.N. (2015) 'Sea-level Rise: Causes, Impacts and Scenarios for Change' In: Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks and Disasters., Sherman, D. & Ellis, J. (eds), pp197-242. Amsterdam: Elsevier. [Details]

Books

 YearPublication
(2005)Atlas of Cork City.
John Crowley, Robert Devoy, Denis Linehan, Patrick O' Flanagan; (2005) Atlas of Cork City. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(1987)Sea Surface Studies: A Global View
Devoy, R. J. N (Ed.). (1987) Sea Surface Studies: A Global View Sea Surface Studies: A Global View. London: Chapman Hall. [Details]
(1996)Evidence of short term sea-level and coastal control changes upon Atlantic European coasts and the significance of these for coastal management issues
Delaney, C. and Devoy, R. J. N (Ed.). (1996) Evidence of short term sea-level and coastal control changes upon Atlantic European coasts and the significance of these for coastal management issues Evidence of short term sea-level and coastal control changes upon Atlantic European coasts and the significance of these for coastal management issues. Greece: European Union for Coastal Conservation. [Details]
(1987)The Hydrodynamic and Sedimentary Consequences of Sea-level Change
Carter, R. W. G. and Devoy, R. J. N (Ed.). (1987) The Hydrodynamic and Sedimentary Consequences of Sea-level Change The Hydrodynamic and Sedimentary Consequences of Sea-level Change. Oxford: Pergamon Press. [Details]
(1992)Coastal Management and Engineering: A Workshop. Proceedings of the First Irish Coastal Management and Engineering Workshop. Resource and Environmental Management Unit (REMU
Devoy, R. J. N. and O'Mahony, A (Ed.). (1992) Coastal Management and Engineering: A Workshop. Proceedings of the First Irish Coastal Management and Engineering Workshop. Resource and Environmental Management Unit (REMU Coastal Management and Engineering: A Workshop. Proceedings of the First Irish Coastal Management and Engineering Workshop. Resource and Environmental Management Unit (REMU. Cork: University College Cork. [Details]
(2005)Atlas of Cork
Crowley, J., Devoy, R. J. N., Linehan, D. and O¿Flanagan, P (Ed.). (2005) Atlas of Cork Atlas of Cork. Cork: University College Cork. [Details]
(1980)Archaeology and Coastal Change
Devoy, R. J. N (Ed.). (1980) Archaeology and Coastal Change Archaeology and Coastal Change. London: Society of Antiquaries. [Details]
(1983)Shorelines and Isostasy
Devoy, R. J. N (Ed.). (1983) Shorelines and Isostasy Shorelines and Isostasy. London: Academic Press. [Details]
(1986)Dun an Óir: Geology
Devoy, R. J. N (Ed.). (1986) Dun an Óir: Geology Dun an Óir: Geology. Dublin: Irish Quaternary Association. [Details]
(1987)Sea-level changes during the Holocene: the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans
Devoy, R. J. N (Ed.). (1987) Sea-level changes during the Holocene: the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans Sea-level changes during the Holocene: the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. London: Chapman Hall - Croom Helm. [Details]
(2008)Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Alcamo, J., Moreno, J. M., Nováky, B., Bindi, M., Corobov, R., Devoy, R. J. N., Giannakopoulos, C., Martin, E., Olesen, J. E., Shvidenko, A (Ed.). (2008) Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2008)The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of The Ring Of Kerry
Devoy, R. J. N (Ed.). (2008) The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of The Ring Of Kerry The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of The Ring Of Kerry. Cork: University Press. [Details]
(2003)Encyclopaedia of Ireland
Duggan, Carolyn; O'Keeffe, John (Ed.). (2003) Encyclopaedia of Ireland Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. [Details]
(2002)The Quaternary of Southwest Ireland: Field Guide
Devoy, R. J. N. and Smith, D (Ed.). (2002) The Quaternary of Southwest Ireland: Field Guide The Quaternary of Southwest Ireland: Field Guide. London: Quaternary Research Association. [Details]
(2000)Sea Level Change and Coastal Processes: Implications for Europe
Devoy, R. J. N., de Groot, T., Jelgersma, S., Marson, I., Nicholls, R. J., Paskoff, R. and Plag, H. P (Ed.). (2000) Sea Level Change and Coastal Processes: Implications for Europe Sea Level Change and Coastal Processes: Implications for Europe. Brussels: European Commission. [Details]
(1986)Proceedings of the Postglacial Colonization Conference
Sleeman, P., Devoy, R. J. N. and Woodman, P (Ed.). (1986) Proceedings of the Postglacial Colonization Conference Proceedings of the Postglacial Colonization Conference. Cork: Irish Biogeographical Society Occasional Publication. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(1997)'The Modern Evolution of the Soft Sedimentary Atlantic Coasts of Western Ireland [B5495]'
Duffy, M.; Devoy, R. J. N.; (1997) 'The Modern Evolution of the Soft Sedimentary Atlantic Coasts of Western Ireland [B5495]'. Geologie En Mijnbouw, :*-* [Details]
(2014)'Are coastal managers detecting the problem? Assessing stakeholder perception of climate vulnerability using Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping'
Gray, SRJ,Gagnon, AS,Gray, SA,O'Dwyer, B,O'Mahony, C,Muir, D,Devoy, RJN,Falaleeva, M,Gault, J (2014) 'Are coastal managers detecting the problem? Assessing stakeholder perception of climate vulnerability using Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping'. Ocean & Coastal Management, 94 :74-89 [DOI] [Details]
(1996)'Coastal Stratigraphies As Indicators of Environmental Changes Upon European Atlantic Coasts in the Late Holocene [B1914]'
Devoy, R. J. N.; Delaney, C.; Carter, R. W. G.; Jennings, S. C.; (1996) 'Coastal Stratigraphies As Indicators of Environmental Changes Upon European Atlantic Coasts in the Late Holocene [B1914]'. Journal of Coastal Research, 12.3 :564-588 [Details]
(1996)'Coastal Stratigraphies As Indicators of Environmental Changes Upon European Atlantic Coasts in the Late Holocene [B5500]'
Devoy, R. J. N.; Delaney, C.; Carter, R. W. G.; Jennings, S. C.; (1996) 'Coastal Stratigraphies As Indicators of Environmental Changes Upon European Atlantic Coasts in the Late Holocene [B5500]'. Journal of Coastal Research, 12.3 :564-588 [Details]
(1996)'Late Quaternary Relative Sea-Level Changes and the Role of Glaciation Upon Continental Shelves [B733]'
Plag, H-P.; Austin, W. E. N.; Belknap, D. F.; Devoy, R. J. N.; (1996) 'Late Quaternary Relative Sea-Level Changes and the Role of Glaciation Upon Continental Shelves [B733]'. Terra Nova, 8 :213-222 [Details]
(1996)'Late Quaternary Sea-Level Changes and the Repercussions of Glaciation Upon Continental Shelf Areas [B5503]'
Plag, H. P.; Austin, W. E. N.; Belknap, D. F.; Devoy, R. J. N.; (1996) 'Late Quaternary Sea-Level Changes and the Repercussions of Glaciation Upon Continental Shelf Areas [B5503]'. Terra Nova, 7 :239-242 [Details]
(1996)'Late Quaternary Sea-Level Changes and the Repercussions of Glaciation Upon Continental Shelf Areas [B1918]'
Plag, H. P.; Austin, W. E. N.; Belknap, D. F.; Devoy, R. J. N.; (1996) 'Late Quaternary Sea-Level Changes and the Repercussions of Glaciation Upon Continental Shelf Areas [B1918]'. Terra Nova, 7 :239-242 [Details]
(1995)'Deglaciation, Earth Crustal Behaviour and Sea-Level Changes in the Determination of Insularity: a Perspective From Ireland. [B1920]'
Devoy, R.J.N.; (1995) 'Deglaciation, Earth Crustal Behaviour and Sea-Level Changes in the Determination of Insularity: a Perspective From Ireland. [B1920]'. Geological Society Special Publication, 0.96 :181-208 [Details]
(1995)'Deglaciation, Earth Crustal Behaviour and Sea-Level Changes in the Determination of Insularity: a Perspective From Ireland [B5504]'
Devoy, R.J.N.; (1995) 'Deglaciation, Earth Crustal Behaviour and Sea-Level Changes in the Determination of Insularity: a Perspective From Ireland [B5504]'. Geological Society Special Publication, 0.96 :181-208 [Details]
(1994)'Holocene Environments in the Hawkesbury Valley, New South Wales: a Comparison of Terrestrial and Marine Records'
Devoy, R. J. N.; Dodson, J. R.; Thom, B. G.; Nichols, S.; (1994) 'Holocene Environments in the Hawkesbury Valley, New South Wales: a Comparison of Terrestrial and Marine Records'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 13 :241-256 [Details]
(2006)'Sedimentary dynamics and coastal changes on the south coast of Ireland'
Swift, L.J., Devoy, R. J. N., Wheeler, A.J., Sutton, G.D. and Gault, J.,; (2006) 'Sedimentary dynamics and coastal changes on the south coast of Ireland'. Journal of Coastal Research, SI (39):227-232 [Details]
(2007)'Lagoon subsidence and tsunami on the west coast of New Zealand'
Nichol, SL,Goff, JR,Devoy, RJN,Chague-Goff, C,Hayward, B,James, I; (2007) 'Lagoon subsidence and tsunami on the west coast of New Zealand'. Journal of Sedimentary Geology, 200 :248-262 [DOI] [Details]
(1998)'The role of relative sea-level rise and changing sediment supply on Holocene gravel barrier development: the example of Porlock, Somerset, UK'
Jennings, S,Orford, JD,Canti, M,Devoy, RJN,Straker, V; (1998) 'The role of relative sea-level rise and changing sediment supply on Holocene gravel barrier development: the example of Porlock, Somerset, UK'. Holocene, 8 :165-181 [Details]
(1998)'Luminescence dating of recent dunes on Inch Spit, Dingle Bay, southwest Ireland'
Wintle, AG,Clarke, ML,Musson, FM,Orford, JD,Devoy, RJN; (1998) 'Luminescence dating of recent dunes on Inch Spit, Dingle Bay, southwest Ireland'. Holocene, 8 :331-339 [Details]
(1996)'Late Quaternary relative sea-level changes and the role of glaciation upon continental shelves'
Plag, HP,Austin, WEN,Belknap, DF,Devoy, RJN,England, J,Josenhans, H,Peacock, JD,Petersen, KS,Rokoengen, K,Scourse, JD,Smith, DE,Wingfield, RTR; (1996) 'Late Quaternary relative sea-level changes and the role of glaciation upon continental shelves'. Terra Nova, 8 :213-222 [Details]
(2009)'Differentiation of MIS 9 and MIS 11 in the continental record: vegetational, faunal, aminostratigraphic and sea-level evidence from coastal sites in Essex, UK'
Roe, Helen M; Coope; Russell, G; Devoy, Robert JN; Harrison, Colin J. O; Penkman, Kirsty E.H; Preece, Richard C; Schreve, Danielle C.; (2009) 'Differentiation of MIS 9 and MIS 11 in the continental record: vegetational, faunal, aminostratigraphic and sea-level evidence from coastal sites in Essex, UK'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28 (23-24):2342-2373 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'The Value of Different Modelling Approaches to Investigate Estuarine Morphodynamics'
Cronin, K. M. and Devoy, R. J. N. and Gault, J.; (2009) 'The Value of Different Modelling Approaches to Investigate Estuarine Morphodynamics'. JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH, (Part 2 Sp. Iss. 56):932-936 [Details]
(2006)'Holocene sea-level and sedimentary changes on the south coast of Ireland'
Devoy, R.J.N., Nichol, S.L.,Sinnott, A.M. (2006) 'Holocene sea-level and sedimentary changes on the south coast of Ireland'. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 39 :145-149 [Details]
(2008)'Coastal vulnerability and the implications of sea-level rise for Ireland'
Devoy, RJN; (2008) 'Coastal vulnerability and the implications of sea-level rise for Ireland'. Journal of Coastal Research, 24 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Storminess and vulnerability along the Atlantic coastlines of Europe: analysis of storm records and of a greenhouse gases induced climate scenario'
Lozano, I and Devoy, RJN and May, W and Andersen, U; (2004) 'Storminess and vulnerability along the Atlantic coastlines of Europe: analysis of storm records and of a greenhouse gases induced climate scenario'. MARINE GEOLOGY, 210 (1-4, Sp. Iss. SI):205-225 [DOI] [Details]
(1998)'Contemporary process controls on the evolution of sedimentary coasts under low to high energy regimes: western Ireland'
Duffy, MJ and Devoy, RJN; (1998) 'Contemporary process controls on the evolution of sedimentary coasts under low to high energy regimes: western Ireland'. GEOLOGIE EN MIJNBOUW-NETHERLANDS JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES, 77 (3-4):333-349 [Details]
(1996)'Coastal stratigraphies as indicators of environmental changes upon European Atlantic coasts in the Late Holocene'
Devoy, RJN and Delaney, C and Carter, RWG and Jennings, SC; (1996) 'Coastal stratigraphies as indicators of environmental changes upon European Atlantic coasts in the Late Holocene'. JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH, 12 (3):564-588 [Details]
(1987)'SEA-LEVEL APPLICATIONS AND MANAGEMENT'
DEVOY, RJN; (1987) 'SEA-LEVEL APPLICATIONS AND MANAGEMENT'. Oceanography, 18 :273-286 [Details]
(2007)'Modelling Estuarine Morphodynamics on the South Coast of Ireland'
Cronin, KM,Devoy, RJN,Gault, J (2007) 'Modelling Estuarine Morphodynamics on the South Coast of Ireland'. Journal of Coastal Research, :474-479 [Details]
(1997)'Seismic Stratigraphy Terrain Evaluation and the Quaternary Geomorphological Evolution of Cork Harbour [B5494]'
Devoy, R.J.N.; (1997) 'Seismic Stratigraphy Terrain Evaluation and the Quaternary Geomorphological Evolution of Cork Harbour [B5494]'. Quaternary Science Reviews, :*-* [Details]
(2014)'Climate change and adaptation in the coastal areas of Europe’s Northern periphery region'
McClatchey, J., Devoy, R.J.N., Woolf, D., Bremner, B. and James, N. (2014) 'Climate change and adaptation in the coastal areas of Europe’s Northern periphery region'. Ocean & Coastal Management, 94 :9-21 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2007)'Sedimentary dynamics and coastal changes on the south coast of Ireland'
Swift, LJ and Devoy, RJN and Wheeler, AJ and Sutton, GD and Gault, J (2007) 'Sedimentary dynamics and coastal changes on the south coast of Ireland' J. Coast. Res, . [Details]
(2011)'Contemporary process controls in two mesotidal estuaries'
Swift, LJ and Devoy, RJN and Gault, J and Wheeler, AJ and Sutton, GD (2011) 'Contemporary process controls in two mesotidal estuaries' ENVIRON 2003, . [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(1997)ENAM II - European North Atlantic Margin: Quantification and Modelling of Large-Scale Sedimentary Processes and Fluxes (Contract No. MAS3-CT95-0003). Interim Report.
Wheeler, A.J. & Devoy, R.J.N. ; (1997) ENAM II - European North Atlantic Margin: Quantification and Modelling of Large-Scale Sedimentary Processes and Fluxes (Contract No. MAS3-CT95-0003). Interim Report. Articles [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2009)Differentiation of MIS 9 and MIS 11 in the continental record: vegetational, faunal, aminostratigraphic and sea-level evidence from coastal sites in Essex, UK.
Roe, HM,Coope, GR,Devoy, RJN,Harrison, CJO,Penkman, KEH,Preece, RC,Schreve, DC (2009) Differentiation of MIS 9 and MIS 11 in the continental record: vegetational, faunal, aminostratigraphic and sea-level evidence from coastal sites in Essex, UK. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(1996)Coastal stratigraphies as indicators of environmental changes upon European Atlantic coasts in the Late Holocene.
Devoy, RJN,Delaney, C,Carter, RWG,Jennings, SC (1996) Coastal stratigraphies as indicators of environmental changes upon European Atlantic coasts in the Late Holocene. Other [Details]
(2004)Storminess and vulnerability along the Atlantic coastlines of Europe: analysis of storm records and of a greenhouse gases induced climate scenario.
Lozano, I,Devoy, RJN,May, W,Andersen, U (2004) Storminess and vulnerability along the Atlantic coastlines of Europe: analysis of storm records and of a greenhouse gases induced climate scenario. Other [DOI] [Details]
(2009)The Value of Different Modelling Approaches to Investigate Estuarine Morphodynamics.
Cronin, KM,Devoy, RJN,Gault, J (2009) The Value of Different Modelling Approaches to Investigate Estuarine Morphodynamics. Other [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(2002)Reconnaissance Quantification of Aggregate Resources on the South Coast of Ireland. Final report for confidential client.
Sutton, G.D., Wheeler, A.J., Devoy R.J.N.& Gault, J.; (2002) Reconnaissance Quantification of Aggregate Resources on the South Coast of Ireland. Final report for confidential client. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1999)Sedimentary Processes on Glaciated and Non-glaciated European Continental Margin. ENAM II “European North Atlantic Margin: Quantification and Modelling of Large-Scale Sedimentary Processes and Fluxes”. Contract Number MAS3-CT95-0003, Final Report. pp.59.
Wheeler, A.J. & Devoy, R.J.N; (1999) Sedimentary Processes on Glaciated and Non-glaciated European Continental Margin. ENAM II “European North Atlantic Margin: Quantification and Modelling of Large-Scale Sedimentary Processes and Fluxes”. Contract Number MAS3-CT95-0003, Final Report. pp.59. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1996)Climate Change and Coastal Evolution in Europe [B5501].
Devoy, R. J. N.; Duffy, M.; Delaney, C.; (1996) Climate Change and Coastal Evolution in Europe [B5501]. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1995)The Impacts of Climate Change and Relative Sea-Level Rise on The Environmental Resources of European Coasts [B1922].
Devoy, R. J. N.; Delaney, C.; McCall, S.; Blythe, C. D.; (1995) The Impacts of Climate Change and Relative Sea-Level Rise on The Environmental Resources of European Coasts [B1922]. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1996)Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project for the Baltic Coasts of Latvia and Lithuania [B5499].
Devoy, R.J.N.; (1996) Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project for the Baltic Coasts of Latvia and Lithuania [B5499]. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1995)The Impacts of Climate Change and Relative Sea-Level Rise on The Environmental Resources of European Coasts [B5506].
Devoy, R. J. N.; Delaney, C.; McCall, S.; Blythe, C. D.; (1995) The Impacts of Climate Change and Relative Sea-Level Rise on The Environmental Resources of European Coasts [B5506]. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1996)Climate Change and Coastal Evolution in Europe [B1915].
Devoy, R. J. N.; Duffy, M.; Delaney, C.; (1996) Climate Change and Coastal Evolution in Europe [B1915]. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2007Lead Author, Fourth Assessment Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change WMO and UNEP
2007Joint Nobel Prize Award (Peace), as a Lead Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Nobel Awards Committee

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2003)13th Irish Environmental Research Colloquium, National University of Ireland,
Swift, L.J., Devoy, R.J.N, Wheeler, A.J. & Sutton, G.D.; (2003) Coastal environmental responses to climate change, sea-level rise and sediment-water fluxes along the southern coasts of Ireland: preliminary results and the wider perspective. [Oral Presentation], 13th Irish Environmental Research Colloquium, National University of Ireland, Galway , 08-JAN-03 - 10-JAN-03. [Details]
(2003)13th Irish Environmental Research Colloquium, National University of Ireland,
Swift, L.J., Devoy, R.J.N, Wheeler, A.J. & Sutton, G.D.; (2003) Contemporary process controls in two mesotidal estuaries, Co. Cork. [Oral Presentation], 13th Irish Environmental Research Colloquium, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland , 08-JAN-03 - 10-JAN-03. [Details]
(2002)6th International Conference Littora,
Devoy, R.J.N., Swift, L.J., Wheeler, A.J. & Sutton, G.D.; (2002) Coastal Environmental Responses to Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise and Sedimentary-Water Fluxes Along the Southern Coasts of Ireland: Preliminary Results and Wider Perspective. [Oral Presentation], 6th International Conference Littora, Coleraine, Northern Ireland , 01-JAN-02 - 01-JAN-02. [Details]
(2002)Extended Abstract, Canyon Workshop,
Wheeler, A.J., Devoy, R.J.N., Akhmetzhanov, A.M., Cronin, B.T., Hayes, C.P., Ivanov, M.K., Kenyon, N.H., McDonnell, A. & Sautkin, A.; (2002) Canyon development and sedimentary processes in the Gollum Channel, Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic. [Oral Presentation], Extended Abstract, Canyon Workshop, Sitges, Spain , 07-APR-02 - 10-APR-02. [Details]
(2002)6th International Conference Littoral 2002,
Swift, L.J., Devoy, R.J.N, Wheeler, A.J. & Sutton, G.D.; (2002) Coastal environmental responses to climate change, sea-level rise and sediment-water fluxes along the southern coasts of Ireland: preliminary results and the wider perspective. [N/A], 6th International Conference Littoral 2002, Coleraine, Northern Ireland , 01-JAN-02 - 01-JAN-02. [Details]
(1994)Climate Change in Ireland 1994, Environmental Institute, University College Dublin,
Devoy, R.J.N.; (1994) *. [N/A], Climate Change in Ireland 1994, Environmental Institute, University College Dublin, Climate Change and Coastal Management [B1926] , 01-JAN-94 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)Irish Association for Quaternary Studies Symposium 1999. “ The Quaternary Beyond the Ice Sheets”,
Devoy, R.J.N. & Wheeler, A.J.; (1999) The Impact of Late Quaternary Climate and Ocean Circulation Changes on the European Shelf Margin. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association for Quaternary Studies Symposium 1999. “ The Quaternary Beyond the Ice Sheets”, Dublin, Ireland , 01-NOV-99 - 01-NOV-99. [Details]
(1999)ENAM Final Meeting,
Wheeler, A.J., Devoy, R.J.N., Ivanov, M., Kenyon, N.H. & Van Weering, T.C.E.; (1999) Sediment Transport on European Glaciated and Non-Glaciated Continental Margins. [Oral Presentation], ENAM Final Meeting, Tromso, Norway , 07-DEC-99 - 08-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)ENAM II “European North Atlantic Margin: Quantification and Modelling of Large-Scale Sedimentary Processes and Fluxes,
Wheeler, A.J., Van Weering, T.C.E, Hayes, C. P, Hall, I., & Devoy, R.J.N.; (1999) Turbiditic and contouritic controls on sediment flux in the central northern Rockall Trough. [Oral Presentation], ENAM II “European North Atlantic Margin: Quantification and Modelling of Large-Scale Sedimentary Processes and Fluxes, Southampton, UK , 01-JAN-99 - 01-JAN-99. [Details]
(1995)Proceedings of the Lough Beltra Workshop 1993-1994,
Shaw, J.; Devoy, R. J. N.; Forbes, D. L.; Orford, J.; Beaver, D. D.; Wile, B. D.; (1995) *. [N/A], Proceedings of the Lough Beltra Workshop 1993-1994, Sediments Studies and Coastal Evolution in Dingle Bay: Results of the 1993 Field Season [B1925] , 01-JAN-95 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2002)12th Irish Environmental Research Colloquium,
Swift, L.J., Devoy, R.J.N, Wheeler, A.J. & Sutton, G.D.; (2002) Coastal environmental responses to climate change, sea-level rise and sediment-water fluxes along the southern coasts of Ireland: preliminary results and the wider perspective. [Oral Presentation], 12th Irish Environmental Research Colloquium, Cork, Ireland , 25-JAN-02 - 27-JAN-02. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Department of Geology, University of Delaware, USA Visiting Researcher1984 / 1984
Department of Geography, University of Sydney, Australia Visiting Research Fellow1990 / 1990
Department of Geography, University of Auckland, NZ Visiting Professor and Research Fellow2001 / 2001
Department of Geography, University of Sydney, Australia Visiting Research Fellow1992 / 1993
Research School of Pacific Studies and Biogeography at the Australian National University Visiting Research Fellow in Geomorphology1987 / 1987

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC (NUIC) Director of the Resource and Environmental Management Unit (REMU)01-JAN-85 / 01-JAN-91
UCC (NUIC) Coastal and Marine Resources Centre01-JAN-92 / 01-JAN-02
Department of Geography, UCC (NUIC) Head of Department01-JAN-01 / 01-JAN-07
Department of Geography, UCC Associate Professor01-JAN-77 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1977University of Cambridge PHDGeography
1973Dunelm (University of Durham, UK) BA (Hons)Geography

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

University Teaching Activities: Brief statement (Pre 2011/ 12)

Contributions covering a wide range of lecturing, fieldwork and other teaching activities have been made by Professor Devoy, both within universities (nationally and internationally) and in the public domain (e.g., areas of Adult and Continuing Education, different community groups, local public and government bodies etc.; the newspaper, radio and TV media) over an academic career of 40 years. In the formal, university context, more than 25 different individual core teaching courses (modules) and 6 full degree programmes have been devised, innovated and administered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This work has been focussed primarily upon developing areas within Physical Geography, and in the setting up of Earth Science, Marine Science and Oceanography and Environmental Science in UCC. Courses have been developed in  particular in, biogeography, cartography and surveying, field science teaching, geomorphology, the philosophy of science, Quaternary science, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, oceanography, coastal science, coastal modelling and coastal management. The modules have been presented to a wide range of class sizes, from small groups of 7-10 students – to groups of 200+ in size. Tutorials and Dissertation supervision have been of especial interest and concern.

These modules and programmes have involved the use of personal expertise and technical skills covering many subject fields, and the work has promoted significantly inter-disciplinary teaching and research in the University and wider. Additionally, international university teaching, student and staff exchange networks have been devised and set up. These were first developed and co-ordinated in Geography by Prof. Devoy under the EU ERASMUS – SOCRATES schemes (first begun in Geography, c.1986), but have been widened to other disciplines. Other research-led student exchange programmes within Masters and PhD programmes have also been innovated in the coastal and marine sciences fields, involving universities in Europe, Canada, Brazil, Australia and the USA. Innovation of Diploma and shorter courses in Environmental Science and areas of Social Policy were first developed and taught within Adult and Continuing Education by Professor Devoy. These have been important in stimulating and developing the different strands of the degree teaching.

Current 2014/ 2015, Prof. Devoy continues to contribute to a number of modules (in particular, dealing with coastal processes, coastal governance and mangement and dissertation supervision in the new MSc Programme in Coastal and Marine Management (Co-ordinator, Darius Bartlett, Department of Geography).  He also contributes lectures to lectures+ to Module AR3050 on Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions in Archaeology & Geography and to the Course in Oceanography in the NMCI.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2015Kandrot, Sarah UCCPhDHigh Spatio-Temporal Resolution Monitoring of Post Storm Dune Recovery on the Southwestern Coasts of Ireland.
2017Lange, Marcus UCCPhDGovernance approaches to the management of offshore energies*
2015O’Keeffe, Jane UCCPhDMaritime Industry in the Context of Its Resource Capabilities, Adaptive Capacity and Responsiveness to Climate Change.*

Contact details


  • Professor and Researcher
  • r.devoy@ucc.ie
  • School of Geography & Archaeology - The Human Environment
    Department of Geography,
    College Road, University College Cork
    Cork
  • +353 21 490 2055

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