Lecturer
School of Bio, Earth & Env
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

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Dr Pádraig Whelan has carried out research and teaching in the areas of aquatic and terrestrial botany and ecology.  His early research was on Irish marine algae followed by seagrass (Zostera marina).  He was Chief Scientist at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) where he oversaw research activities that were carried out by scientists and students in the research station. His work led to the initiation of a process that established an inspection and quarantine system for the Islands so as to avoid the entry of alien species.  Subsequently he moved to Amazon region in Brazil where he worked on the establishment of a research station.  His teaching and research in Ireland are concerned with biodiversity conservation and invasive alien species.  Research has been carried out in a number of Irish protected areas (Burren, Glenveagh and Killarney National Parks, Glengariff Wood nature reserve) and others.  In the wider countryside, Dr Whelan's research seeks to promote biodiversity conservation in highly applied and innovative ways.  He has supervised a number of M.Sc. and PhD students on such varied topics as road ecology, remote sensing of crops, honey bees and seagrasses.   

Research Interests

My research uses fundamental research to underpin highly applied management of a) alien species and b) endangered species and habitats. Most of the research takes place in protected areas (whether abroad, formerly, or, now, in Ireland) the Burren National Park (especially with respect to management of vegetation by large herbivores); the management of Glengarriff Nature Reserve and Killarney National Park (with respect to management and control of the alien Rhododendronponticum); the conservation of the rare plants Tuberariaguttataand Taxus baccata in Ireland; and, the potential for more sustainable and conservation-oriented planting schemes on national road construction projects and waste treatment plants. Other aspects of my research are in terrestrial and marine biology conservation research (rare toad habitat conservation, ecology of seagrasses, non-conventional wildlife protection habitats. The strategy has tended to migrate toward team research with members of very different complementary skills. The ¿client¿ for most of the results of the research I supervise (or co-supervise) are conservation organisations. The impact of the research is mainly at a national (Irish)-regional (UK) level but the research into road planting has a European impact.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
IRCSET PG The Behavioural Ecology of the Old Irish Goat in the Burren National Park & Beara Peninsula Student Ruth EnrightIrish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET)01-OCT-0830-SEP-11€72,009.00
IRC"EBPPG/2015/168 G Weyman"Dr P Whelan : Status, threats, protection and conservation of Ladybirds in Ireland.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1530-SEP-19€9,000.00
The birds and bees - impacts of Varroa on ecosystem functioning of semi natural woodlandIrish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET)01-OCT-0930-SEP-13€72,009.00
Grooming behaviour in the dark European honey bee, Apis mellifera, as a potential biological control against the introduced parasitic mite, Varroa destructor.Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET)01-OCT-0930-SEP-14€72,009.00
EPA Sectoral Impacts on BIOdiversity & ecoSYStem Services Strive 2007Environment Protection Agency (EPA)01-APR-0802-JUL-13€492,323.00
Assessment of ecological mitigation measures used on National Road SchemesNational Road Authority (NRA)04-JAN-1031-DEC-15€127,315.00
EPA "Active Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture"Environment Protection Agency (EPA)06-NOV-0601-JUN-11€84,650.00

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Lisa DolanSectoral Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem ServicesResearch AssistantEnvironmental Protection Agency

Books

YearPublication
(2007)Management considerations for subtidal Zostera marina beds in Ireland.Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 28.
Dale, A., McAllen, R. & Whelan, P.; (2007) Management considerations for subtidal Zostera marina beds in Ireland.Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 28. : National Parks and Wildlife Service. [Details]
(2006)A guide to landscape treatments for National Road schemes in Ireland.
Anon (Burns, T., Dolan, L.M.J. and Whelan, P.M. (2006) A guide to landscape treatments for National Road schemes in Ireland. Dublin: National Roads Authority. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2006)'Towards the sustainable development of modern road ecosystems'
Dolan, M.J., Van Bohemen, H., Whelan, P., Akbar, K.F., O'Malley, V., O'Leary, G. and Keizer, P.J.; (2006) 'Towards the sustainable development of modern road ecosystems' In: John Davenport and Julia Davenport (eds). The Ecology of Transportation: Managing Mobility for the Environment. Netherlands: Springer. [Details]
(2005)'Nature's Immigrants'
Whelan, Padraig; (2005) 'Nature's Immigrants' In: Crowley, J. S., Devoy, R.N., Linehan, D. and O'Flanagan, P (eds). Atlas of Cork City. Cork, Ireland: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2004)'Galapagos - a jewel under threat?'
Whelan, Padraig; (2004) 'Galapagos - a jewel under threat?' In: John Davenport and Julia L. Davenport (eds). The effects of human transport on ecosystems - cars and planes, boats and trains. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'Phenotypic and Genetic Analyses of the Varroa Sensitive Hygienic Trait in Russian Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Colonies'
Kirrane MJ, de Guzman LI, Holloway B, Frake A, Rinderer T, Whelan PM (2015) 'Phenotypic and Genetic Analyses of the Varroa Sensitive Hygienic Trait in Russian Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Colonies'. Plos One, [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Response of farmland biodiversity to the introduction of bioenergy crops: effects of local factors and surrounding landscape context'
Bourke D,Stanley D,O'Rourke E,Thompson R, Carnus T,Dauber J,Emmerson M,Whelan P,Hecq F,Flynn E,Dolan L,Stout, J (2014) 'Response of farmland biodiversity to the introduction of bioenergy crops: effects of local factors and surrounding landscape context'. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 6 :275-289 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Light responses of yew (Taxus baccata L.); does size matter?'
Devaney JL, Whelan PM and Jansen MAK (2014) 'Light responses of yew (Taxus baccata L.); does size matter?'. Tree Physiology, 29 :109-118 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Spatial patterns of natural regeneration in stands of English yew (Taxus baccata L.); Negative neighbourhood effects'
Devaney JL,Jansen MAK,Whelan PM (2014) 'Spatial patterns of natural regeneration in stands of English yew (Taxus baccata L.); Negative neighbourhood effects'. Forest Ecology and Management, 321 :52-60 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Sensitivity of spaceborne radar to near-surface soil moisture in grasslands across southern Ireland'
Barrett, B., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2013) 'Sensitivity of spaceborne radar to near-surface soil moisture in grasslands across southern Ireland'. Irish Geography, 45 (2):131-149 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Detecting changes in surface soil moisture content using differential SAR interferometry'
Barrett, B,Whelan, P,Dwyer, E (2013) 'Detecting changes in surface soil moisture content using differential SAR interferometry'. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34 (20):7091-7112 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Age and reproductive status of adult Varroa mites affect grooming success of honey bees'
Kirrane, M.J., Guzman, L.I., Rinderer, T.E., Frake, A.M., Wagnitz, J., Whelan, P.M. (2012) 'Age and reproductive status of adult Varroa mites affect grooming success of honey bees'. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 58 (4):423-430 [Details]
(2012)'A method for rapidly marking adult varroa mites for use in brood inoculation experiments'
Kirrane, MJ,de Guzman, LI,Rinderer, TE,Frake, AM,Wagnitz, J,Whelan, PM (2012) 'A method for rapidly marking adult varroa mites for use in brood inoculation experiments'. Journal Of Apicultural Research, 51 :212-213 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'The use of C- and L-band repeat-pass interferometric SAR coherence for soil moisture change detection in vegetated areas'
Barrett, B., Whelan, P., and Dwyer, E. (2012) 'The use of C- and L-band repeat-pass interferometric SAR coherence for soil moisture change detection in vegetated areas'. The Open Remote Sensing Journal, 5 (1):37-53 [Details]
(2012)'Sensitivity of spaceborne radar to near-surface soil moisture in grasslands across southern Ireland'
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2012) 'Sensitivity of spaceborne radar to near-surface soil moisture in grasslands across southern Ireland'. Irish Geography, 45 (2):131-149 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Asynchronous Development of Honey Bee Host and Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) Influences Reproductive Potential of Mites'
Kirrane, MJ,De Guzman, LI,Rinderer, TE,Frake, AM,Wagnitz, J,Whelan, PM; (2011) 'Asynchronous Development of Honey Bee Host and Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) Influences Reproductive Potential of Mites'. Journal of Economic Entomology, 104 :1146-1152 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Soil Moisture Retrieval from Active Spaceborne Microwave Observations: An Evaluation of Current Techniques'
Barrett, BW,Dwyer, E,Whelan, P (2009) 'Soil Moisture Retrieval from Active Spaceborne Microwave Observations: An Evaluation of Current Techniques'. Remote Sensing, 1 :210-242 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'The natterjack toad Bufo calamita in Co Kerry, Ireland: conservation status, current and foreseeable threats'
Becart E, Aubry A, Whelan P and Emerson MC (2007) 'The natterjack toad Bufo calamita in Co Kerry, Ireland: conservation status, current and foreseeable threats'. The Irish Naturalists' Journal, 28 (12):477-487 [Details]
(2003)'Ecologically Friendly Highways'
Dolan, L.M.J. and Whelan, P.; (2003) 'Ecologically Friendly Highways'. The Engineers Journal, 54 (1):43-49 [Details]
(1995)'Eingefuhrte Aten in Galapagos [B2503]'
Whelan, P.M.; (1995) 'Eingefuhrte Aten in Galapagos [B2503]'. Praxis Der Naturwissenschaften-Biologie, 8.44 :37-39 [Details]
(1995)'Warum Sind Die Galapagos-Inseln So Bedeutend? [B2501]'
Whelan, P.M.; (1995) 'Warum Sind Die Galapagos-Inseln So Bedeutend? [B2501]'. Praxis Der Naturwissenschaften-Biologie, 8.44 :3-4 [Details]
(1995)'Ein Uberwachungs Und Quarantane System Fur Galapagos [B2504]'
Whelan, P.M.; (1995) 'Ein Uberwachungs Und Quarantane System Fur Galapagos [B2504]'. Praxis Der Naturwissenschaften-Biologie, 8.44 :39-42 [Details]
(1995)'Naturschutzprobleme in Galapgos. [B2502]'
Whelan, P.M.; (1995) 'Naturschutzprobleme in Galapgos. [B2502]'. Praxis Der Naturwissenschaften-Biologie, 8.44 :34-36 [Details]
(1987)'Uses of seaweeds as biomonitors of zinc levels in Cork Harbor, Ireland'
Cullinane, JP,Doyle, TM,Whelan, PM; (1987) 'Uses of seaweeds as biomonitors of zinc levels in Cork Harbor, Ireland'. Hydrobiologia, 151 :285-290 [Details]
(1987)'The occurrence of wasting disease of Zostera in Ireland in the 1930s'
Whelan, PM,Cullinane, JP (1987) 'The occurrence of wasting disease of Zostera in Ireland in the 1930s'. Aquatic Botany, 27 :285-289 [Details]
(1985)'Algal epiphytes of subtidal Zostera marina L on the South Coast of Ireland'
Cullinane J, O'Mahony J, Whelan, P. (1985) 'Algal epiphytes of subtidal Zostera marina L on the South Coast of Ireland'. Cryptogamie Algologie, 6 :239-251 [Details]
(1985)'The algal flora of a subtidal Zostera bed in Ventry Bay, Southwest Ireland'
Whelan PM ,Cullinane JP (1985) 'The algal flora of a subtidal Zostera bed in Ventry Bay, Southwest Ireland'. Aquatic Botany, 23 :41-51 [Details]
(1984)'The importance of substrate type in colonization by Cryptonemia hibernica Guiry at Irvine and its associated algae'
Cullinane, J,Maguire, D,Whelan, P. (1984) 'The importance of substrate type in colonization by Cryptonemia hibernica Guiry at Irvine and its associated algae'. Hydrobiologia, 116 :438-442 [Details]
(1983)'An example of drastic natural change in the intertidal biota and the implications for monitoring programs'
Cullinane JP,Whelan PM. (1983) 'An example of drastic natural change in the intertidal biota and the implications for monitoring programs'. Estuarine Coastal And Shelf Science, 17 :479-481 [Details]
(1982)'Subtidal algae of Horseshoe Harbour (Sherkin Island) west Cork'
Cullinane, J.P. and Whelan, P.M.; (1982) 'Subtidal algae of Horseshoe Harbour (Sherkin Island) west Cork'. Irish Journal of Environmental Science, 2 (1):61-65 [Details]
(1982)'Copper, cadmium and zinc in seaweeds from the south coast of Ireland'
Cullinane, J.P. and Whelan, P.M.; (1982) 'Copper, cadmium and zinc in seaweeds from the south coast of Ireland'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 13 (6):295-208 [Details]
(1981)'The ecology and distribution of Stenogramme interrupta (C. Agardh) Montagne et Harvey on the south coast of Ireland'
Cullinane, J.P. and Whelan, P.M. ; (1981) 'The ecology and distribution of Stenogramme interrupta (C. Agardh) Montagne et Harvey on the south coast of Ireland'. Proc. Royal Irish Acad, 81B (9):111-116 [Details]
(1980)'The most northern fruiting record of Pterosiphonia complanata'
Cullinane, J.P., Egan, B. and Whelan, P.M.; (1980) 'The most northern fruiting record of Pterosiphonia complanata'. The Irish Naturalists' Journal, 20 (4):140-141 [Details]
(1979)'Notes on Irish Marine Algae - 3 - New records of Rhodophyta from the Wexford coast'
Guiry, M.D., Cullinane, J.P. and Whelan, P.M.; (1979) 'Notes on Irish Marine Algae - 3 - New records of Rhodophyta from the Wexford coast'. The Irish Naturalists' Journal, 19 (9):304-306 [Details]
(1979)'CURRENT PHYCOLOGICAL STUDIES ON THE SOUTH COAST OF IRELAND'
Cullinane, JP, Whelan, PM (1979) 'CURRENT PHYCOLOGICAL STUDIES ON THE SOUTH COAST OF IRELAND'. British Phycological Journal, 14 :122-122 [Details]
(1978)'The Bryophyte Herbarium, University College, Cork'
Cullinane, J.P. and Whelan, P.M.; (1978) 'The Bryophyte Herbarium, University College, Cork'. Taxon, 2 (2/3) [Details]
(1978)'Some Bryophytes of Hare Island, Co. Cork'
Whelan, P.M.; (1978) 'Some Bryophytes of Hare Island, Co. Cork'. Irish Naturalists' Journal, 19 (5) [Details]
(1977)'The Bryophyte Herbarium, University College, Cork'
Cullinane, J.P. and Whelan, P.M.; (1977) 'The Bryophyte Herbarium, University College, Cork'. Irish Naturalists' Journal, 19 (3):90-91 [Details]
(1976)'Bryophyte collection in the herbarium of University College Cork (CRK)'
Whelan PM (1976) 'Bryophyte collection in the herbarium of University College Cork (CRK)'. Journal Of Bryology, 9 (2):282-282 [Details]
(1976)'Effects of oil on beaches in West Cork, Ireland'
John P. Cullinane and Padraig M. Whelan; (1976) 'Effects of oil on beaches in West Cork, Ireland'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 7 (4):72-73 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2015)2015 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference
Edwards Murphy F., Popovici E., Whelan P., and Magno M (2015) Development of a heterogeneous wireless sensor network for instrumentation and analysis of beehives 2015 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference [Details]
(2015)6th IEEE International International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces (IWASI)
Edwards Murphy F., Magno M., O'Leary L., Troy K., Whelan P., and Popovici E.M. (2015) Big Brother for Bees (3B) - Energy Neutral Platform for Remote Monitoring of Beehive Imagery and Sound 6th IEEE International International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces (IWASI) [Details]
(2015)IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS)
Edwards Murphy F., Magno M., Whelan P. and Popovici E. (2015) b+WSN: Smart Beehive for Agriculture, Environmental, and Honey Bee Health Monitoring - Preliminary Results and Anamysis IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS) [Details]
(2015)IEEE Sensor Applications Symposium
Edwards Murphy F, Magnoz M, Whelan P, Popovici E (2015) 'Development of an Heterogeneous = Wireless Sensor Network for Instrumentation and Analysis of Beehives' IEEE Sensor Applications Symposium Zadar, Croatia, , 13-APR-15 - 15-APR-15 Globe icon [Details]
(2011)Plant Population Biology Conference
Devaney, J. D., Jansen, M., Whelan, P. (2011) The role of light in the regeneration ecology of Taxus baccata Plant Population Biology Conference Department of Plant Science, University of Oxford, , 01-JUN-11 - 04-JUN-11 [Details]
(2011)The 2011 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation - sustainability in motion
Thompson, R., Dolan, L. M. J., Emmerson, M., Dauber, J., Stout, J., Bourke, D., Whelan, P.M. (2011) Assemblage structure of plant communities along the road corridor: rock and scree slopes - planting versus natural recolonisation . In: Wagner PJ, Nelson D, Murray E eds. The 2011 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation - sustainability in motion Seattle, Washington, USA, , 21-AUG-11 - 25-AUG-11 , pp.311-325 Globe icon [Details]
(2010)20th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium
Devaney, J. D., Jansen, M., Whelan, P. (2010) The ecophysiological factors controlling the regeneration ecology of yew Taxus baccata L 20th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium Limerick Institute of Technology, , 17-FEB-10 - 19-FEB-10 [Details]
(2010)2010 IENE International Conference on Ecology and Transportation: improving connections in a changing environment
Thompson R, Dolan LMJ, Emmerson M, Dauber J, Stout J, Whelan PM (2010) Ecological considerations for the management of non-native invasive species during maintenance and operation of national road schemes in Ireland 2010 IENE International Conference on Ecology and Transportation: improving connections in a changing environment Velence, Hungary, , 27-SEP-10 - 01-OCT-10 , pp.57-58 Globe icon [Details]
(2010)InfraEcoNetwork Europe (IENE)
Finnety, E.J., Whelan, P.M., Butler, F., Emmerson, M. and Dolan, L.M.J. (2010) Making the connection: mammal mitigation measures on National Road Schemes in Ireland InfraEcoNetwork Europe (IENE) [Details]
(2010)2010 IENE International Conference on Ecology and Transportation: improving connections in a changing environment
Finnerty E, Whelan PM, Butler F, Emmerson M, Dolan LMJ (2010) Making the connection: mammal mitigation measures on national road schemes in Ireland . In: Richter V, Puky M, Seiler A eds. 2010 IENE International Conference on Ecology and Transportation: improving connections in a changing environment , 27-SEP-10 - 01-OCT-10 , pp.67-71 Globe icon [Details]
(2010)ESA Living Planet Symposium
Barrett, B., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2010) Soil Moisture Estimation over Southeast Ireland using C-and L-band Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) ESA Living Planet Symposium Bergen, Norway, , 28-JUN-10 - 02-JUL-10 [Details]
(2009)The Irish Landscape 2009 - looking around, looking ahead
Dolan, L.J.M., Whelan, P.M. and Emmerson, M. (2009) Road infrastructure and the landscape . In: Starrett, M eds. The Irish Landscape 2009 - looking around, looking ahead Kilkenny, , pp.158-168 [Details]
(2009)19th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium
Devaney, J. D., Jansen, M., Whelan, P. (2009) Yew Taxus baccata L. regeneration in southwest Ireland 19th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium Waterford Institute of Technology, , 18-FEB-09 - 20-FEB-09 [Details]
(2009)Irish Earth Observation Symposium 2009
Barrett B, Dwyer N, Whelan P (2009) A Comparative Analysis of Soil Moisture Retrieval using C- and L-band Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (INSAR) over Southeast Ireland Irish Earth Observation Symposium 2009 Globe icon [Details]
(2007)ESA ENVISAT Symposium
Barrett, B., Dwyer, N., Whelan, P., Bartlett, D.; (2007) Soil Moisture Determination using an ASAR Time Series ESA ENVISAT Symposium Montreux, Switzerland, , 23-APR-07 - 27-APR-07 [Details]
(2007)Proc of the 2007 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation
Dolan L, Whelan PM (2007) Road decommissioning: minimising the adverse ecological effects of roads in European agricultural landscapes . In: Irwin CL, Nelson D, McDermott KP eds. Proc of the 2007 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, , pp.592-592 Globe icon [Details]
(2003)IENE (under COST 341 project): Habitat fragmentation transportation infrastructure
Dolan, L.M.J. and Whelan, P.; (2003) Sustainable Road Landscapes I: an ecological landscape design approach to rural roadside verges including design for the driver within the vehicle . In: (In Press) eds. IENE (under COST 341 project): Habitat fragmentation transportation infrastructure Brussels, , 13-NOV-03 - 15-NOV-03 [Details]
(2003)The effects of human transport on Ecosystems - cars and planes, boats and trains
Whelan, P.; (2003) Galapagos - jewel under threat? . In: Royal Irish Academy eds. The effects of human transport on Ecosystems - cars and planes, boats and trains Dublin, , 01-APR-03 - 02-APR-03 , pp.171-192 [Details]
(1981)Xth International Seaweed Symposium - Proceedings
Cullinane, J.P. and Whelan, P.M. (1981) Ecology, distribution and seasonality of Cryptonemia hibernica Guiry et Irvine on the South coast of Ireland . In: Tore Levring eds. Xth International Seaweed Symposium - Proceedings Goteborg, Sweden, , 11-AUG-80 - 15-AUG-80 , pp.259-264 [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2013)Sectoral Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Final report.
Stout, J.C., Bourke, D., Callier, M., Carnus, T., Crowe, T.P., Dauber, J., Dolan, L. Emmerson, M., Green, D., Jones, M.B., Kochmann, J., Mina-Vargas, A., O’Rourke, E., Sharkey, N., Spillane, C., Stanley, D., Thompson, R., Tuteja, R., Whelan, P., Zimmermann, J. (2013) Sectoral Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Final report. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford, Ireland. [Details]
(2012)The road to improvement: the ecological highways of the future.
Dolan LMJ, Stout J, Whelan PM (2012) The road to improvement: the ecological highways of the future. Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland. Globe icon [Details]

Published Letters

YearPublication
(2011)Galápagos Goal: Eradication of Invasive Plants.
Geist D, Hamann O, Snell H, Whelan P (2011) Galápagos Goal: Eradication of Invasive Plants. Published Letters Globe icon [Details]

Unpublished Reports

YearPublication
(2009)The Cork Lough Integrated Management Study. A report prepared for Cork City Council.
Murphy, G., Chapman, D., Kelly, T. and Whelan, P. ; (2009) The Cork Lough Integrated Management Study. A report prepared for Cork City Council. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1997Member of General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles
1978Travelling Studentship Prize National University of Ireland

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2011)6th European Congress of Mammalogy,
R. A. Enright, R. M. O'Riordan, B. Williams, P. M. Whelan (2011) Grouping dynamics of feral goats in Ireland: Social segregation and home range. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 6th European Congress of Mammalogy, Université P. et M. Curie - Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris , 19-JUL-11 - 23-JUL-11. [Details]
(2010)Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc),
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2010) SAR Interferometry for Soil Moisture Retrieval. [Oral Presentation], Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), University College Cork, Ireland , 31-AUG-10 - 03-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010)ESA Living Planet Symposium,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2010) Soil Moisture Estimation over Southeast Ireland using C-and L-band Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). [Poster Presentation], ESA Living Planet Symposium, Bergen, Norway , 28-JUN-10 - 02-JUL-10. [Details]
(2010)EPA National Research Conference,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2010) Soil Moisture Retrieval from Space. [Poster Presentation], EPA National Research Conference, Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland , 23-JUN-10 - 23-JUN-10. [Details]
(2010)The Mammal Society's Easter Conference and AGM 2010,
Ruth Enright, Ruth Ramsay and Pádraig Whelan (2010) Feral goats of the Burren, Co. Clare, and the Beara peninsula, Co. Cork. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Mammal Society's Easter Conference and AGM 2010, Bangor University , 26-MAR-10 - 28-MAR-10. [Details]
(2010)IENE 2010,
Finnerty, E. J., Whelan, P.M., Butler, F., Emmerson, M. and Dolan, L. M. J. (2010) Making the connection: mammal mitigation measures on National road schemes in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], IENE 2010, Velence, Hungary , 27-SEP-10 - 01-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)Environ 2010, 20th Irish Environmental Researchers¿ Colloquium,
Murphy, G.M., Chapman, D.V., Kelly, T.C. Whelan, P.M.; (2010) Potential measures for the restoration of Cork Lough: a shallow hypertrophic urban lake. [Oral Presentation], Environ 2010, 20th Irish Environmental Researchers¿ Colloquium, Limerick Institute of Technology , 17-FEB-10 - 19-FEB-10. [Details]
(2009)1st All-Ireland Mammal Symposium,
Ruth Enright, R. O'Riordan and P. Whelan (2009) Behavioural ecology of feral goats on the Beara peninsula, west Co. Cork and the Burren, Co. Clare. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 1st All-Ireland Mammal Symposium, Waterford Institure of Technology, Waterford , 06-NOV-09 - 08-NOV-09. [Details]
(2009)Environ 09, 19th Irish Environmental Researchers¿ Colloquium,
Murphy, G., Chapman, D., Kelly, T. and Whelan, P ; (2009) The contribution of waterfowl to the phosphorus loading of a shallow hypertrophic lake in Cork City. [Oral Presentation], Environ 09, 19th Irish Environmental Researchers¿ Colloquium, Waterford Institute of Technology , 18-FEB-09 - 20-FEB-09. [Details]
(2009)Environ 09, 19th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium,
Murphy, G., Chapman, D., Kelly, T. and Whelan, P (2009) The contribution of waterfowl to the phosphorus loading of a shallow hypertrophic lake in Cork City. [Oral Presentation], Environ 09, 19th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium, Waterford , 18-FEB-09 - 20-FEB-09. [Details]
(2009)Irish Earth Observation Symposium,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2009) A comparative analysis of soil moisture retrieval using C-and L-band Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) over Southeast Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Irish Earth Observation Symposium, Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), Dublin, Ireland , 12-NOV-09 - 13-NOV-09. [Details]
(2009)The Mammal Society's Easter Conference and AGM 2009,
Ruth Enright , Dr. Ruth Ramsay, Dr. Pádraig Whelan (2009) The Behavioural Ecology of the Old Irish Goat (Capra hircus) in the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork and the Burren, Co. Clare. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Mammal Society's Easter Conference and AGM 2009, University of Winchester , 17-APR-09 - 19-APR-09. [Details]
(2008)ESA/JAXA ALOS PI`s Symposium,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2008) Active Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture. [Poster Presentation], ESA/JAXA ALOS PI`s Symposium, Rhodes, Greece , 03-NOV-08 - 07-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)ESA Earth Observation Summer School on Earth System Monitoring and Modelling,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2008) C- and L- band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for Estimating Spatially Distributed Surface Soil Moisture in Southern Ireland. [Poster Presentation], ESA Earth Observation Summer School on Earth System Monitoring and Modelling, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy , 04-AUG-08 - 14-AUG-08. [Details]
(2008)Irish Earth Observation Symposium,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2008) Active Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture. [Poster Presentation], Irish Earth Observation Symposium, University College Cork, Ireland , 06-NOV-08 - 07-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)EPA Doctoral and Fellowship Seminar,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2008) Active Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture. [Oral Presentation], EPA Doctoral and Fellowship Seminar, Dublin, Ireland , 13-NOV-08 - 14-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)EPA National Research Conference,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2008) Quantifying the Spatio-Temporal Variability of Soil Moisture using C-and L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar. [Poster Presentation], EPA National Research Conference, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland , 06-FEB-08 - 07-FEB-08. [Details]
(2007)British Ecological Society, Annual meeting,,
Becart, E., Whelan, P., & Emmerson, M.C. (2007) Habitat management effects on the population of natterjack toads (Bufo calamita) in Ireland. [Poster Presentation], British Ecological Society, Annual meeting,, Glasgow , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07. [Details]
(2007)ENVISAT Symposium,
Barrett, B.W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. and Bartlett , D. ; (2007) Soil Moisture Determination In Southern Ireland Using An ASAR Time Series. [Oral Presentation], ENVISAT Symposium, Montreux , Switzerland , 01-APR-07 - 01-APR-07. [Details]
(2007)EPA Doctoral and Fellowship Seminar,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2007) Quantifying the Spatio-Temporal Variability of Soil Moisture using C-and L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar. [Poster Presentation], EPA Doctoral and Fellowship Seminar, Dublin, Ireland , 01-NOV-07 - 02-NOV-07. [Details]
(2007)Irish Earth Observation Symposium,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2007) Quantifying the Spatio-Temporal Variability of Soil Moisture using C-and L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar. [Poster Presentation], Irish Earth Observation Symposium, Teagasc, Kinsealy, Dublin, Ireland , 14-NOV-07 - 14-NOV-07. [Details]
(2007)ESA Envisat Symposium,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2007) Soil Moisture Determination using an ASAR Time Series. [Oral Presentation], ESA Envisat Symposium, Montreux, Switzerland , 23-APR-07 - 27-APR-07. [Details]
(2007)Environmental Science Association of Ireland (ESAI) ‘Environ 2007’,
Barrett, B. W., Dwyer, E., Whelan, P. (2007) Active Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture. [Oral Presentation], Environmental Science Association of Ireland (ESAI) ‘Environ 2007’, Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland , 26-JAN-07 - 28-JAN-07. [Details]
(2006)41st European Marine Biology Symposium,
Dale, A., McAllen, R., Whelan, P. (2006) Seagrass beds in Ireland: Is there higher diversity in protected sites?. [Oral Presentation], 41st European Marine Biology Symposium, Cork , 04-SEP-06 - 08-SEP-06. [Details]
(2004)The Irish Wildlife Trust 25th Anniversary - National Wildlife Conference,
Dolan, L.M.J. and Whelan, P.; (2004) Ecological Landscape Design for Irish Road Systems: design of rural roadside verges for wildlife and the road user. [Oral Presentation], The Irish Wildlife Trust 25th Anniversary - National Wildlife Conference, Durrow, Co. Laois , 24-SEP-04 - 26-SEP-04. [Details]
(1995)Symposium on Invasive Species on Oceanic Islands. Galapagos Conservation Trust, London and the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands,
Whelan, P.M.; (1995) An inspection and Quarantine System for the Galapagos Islands. [N/A], Symposium on Invasive Species on Oceanic Islands. Galapagos Conservation Trust, London and the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, London , 01-JAN-95 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Departmental Graduate Studies Committee Chair2003 / 2007
Teaching and Learning and Student Experience Committee, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC Representative from School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences on the College of Science, Enineering and Food Science Comittee of Teaching and Learning2011 /
Teaching and Learning and Student Experience Committee, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences Chair2011 / 2014
Centre for Global Development (UCC) One of two elected representatives to the Executive Committee of CGD from the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science on this University level body2009 /
Latin America Regional Working Group Representative of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science2013 /
Internationalisation Committe, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science member2014 /
Disability Support Officer, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences Disability Support Officer2011 / 2014
Student applications officer, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences Chair2014 /
Departmental Graduate Studies Committee oversight of applications and postgraduate progress2007 /
Teaching and Learning Committee member2003 / 2011

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer Plant Science04-OCT-95 /
Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles Free-lance consultant01-NOV-94 / 01-OCT-95
Overseas Development Agency (Foreign and Commonwealth Office - UK Gov) Technical Cooperation Officer01-JUL-93 / 01-OCT-94
Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos, Ecuador Chief Scientist01-MAY-88 / 01-MAY-93
University College Cork Manager Resource and Environmental Management Unit02-MAR-87 / 13-MAY-88

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1976University College Cork BScBotany
1978University College Cork MSc_
1986University College Cork PhD
2014University College Cork Postgrad Cert. in Teaching & Learning in HETeachiing and Learning

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
English FluentFluentFluent
Spanish FluentFluentFluent
Portuguese FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
French BasicNoneNone

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Local Authorities

Review of development projects and documents/publications

Outreach Activities

 Description

Occasional expert assistance on some projects undertaken by local authorities on managing invasive alien species, conservation projects, roadside vegetation management, native planting schemes. 2008 to present

Member of IRD Duhallow (EU Leader initiative) Environmental Working Group 2010 - present


Member of the Board of Management of a primary school in Co. Cork - 2013- to present

Other Activities

 Description

Ghost editing of natural history book (15 chapters) and a chapter in a collection of invited papers on a natural history topic.

Teaching Interests

In my teaching I try to: a) instil a sense of discovery about what is being learned, so I don’t provide all the answers; b) introduce a topic by referring to something in a student’s own experience; c) approach the topic in more than one way; and d) provide  personal context for the material I present, from my own life and research experience.

AE2002 Practical animal ecology http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/AE.html#AE2002


AE2003 Habitats and ecosystems

 

http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/AE.html#AE2003

AE3013 Practical field ecology http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/AE.html#AE3013
 
AE3014 Biodiversity and Conservation (coordinator)http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/AE.html#AE3014

AE3016 Biology of aquatic organism http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/AE.html#AE3016

AE4012 Landscape and conservation management http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/AE.html#AE4012

AE4015 Biology and management of alien species  (coordinator) http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/AE.html#AE4015



BL1005 Biodiversity, Ecology and Environmental Biology http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/BL.html#BL1005


BL3001 ZEPS Literature review projects (joint coordinator) http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/BL.html#BL3001

BL4001 ZEPS Research project  http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/page008.html#BL4001

BL6010 Characteristics of the marine environment http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/page008.html#BL6010

BL6016 Marine ecology and conservation (joint coordinator) http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/page008.html#BL6016
 


EV1002 The environment

http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/EV.html#EV1002

EV2001 Practical environmental science http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/EV.html#EV2001

EV3002 Environmetal Science literature review  http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/EV.html#EV3002



EV4001 Environmental Science research project
http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/EV.html#EV4001

PS2003 Plant Identification http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/PS.html#PS2003

In terms of Research-Led Teaching, the following is an outline of the way that research that postgraduates and I carry out, is translated into teaching:

EV1002 alien species lectures include information from taught MSc research projects on invasive alien seaweed; AE3014 information on class fieldtrip from Fionnuala O'Neill's PhD and John Devaney’s PhD research as well as final year undergrad research projects on invasive alien species biology/ecology of Killarney National Park; AE3016 aquatic macrophytes lectures include information on invasive alien seaweeds and seagrasses from taught MSc research projects; BL3001/EV3002 – themes for lit reviews based on SIMBIOSYS project and NRA funded research; BL4001/EV4001 – themes from research projects arise from SIMBIOSYS and NRA funded research; AE4012 Burren National Park management field trip includes a considerable portion of the day on the work by PhD graduates Dr Dolores Byrne and Dr Ruth Enright; AE4015 lectures and fieldtrip on invasive alien species module includes research from taught MSc research projects, the SIMBIOSYS project, Emer Walker’s MSc research project.


  

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2010Gearoid O'Murchu University College CorkM.Sc.The Lough Cork: Integrated Management Study
9999Rosalyn Thompson (on leave, due to complete in 2015) University College CorkPhDSectoral Impacts on Biodiversity of roadside and agricultural flora
2013Erin O'Rourke UCCPhDSectoral impacts on the biodiversity of Carabid beetles (Coleoptera:Carabidae)and their associated ecosystem service of biocontrol
9999Tadeusz Kirakowski (on leave, due to complete in 2015) University College CorkPhDThe Bees and the Birds - impacts of Varroa on ecosystem functioning of semi natural woodland
2003Noreen Dalton NUI (UCC)MScThe vegetation and environment of the Distillery Field Cork, Ireland: a comparative GIS approach
2000Fiona Jennings NUI (UCC)MScPhenolics of Irish Zostera populations - development of thin layer chromatography for taxonomic purposes
2012Ruth A. Enright NUI (UCC)PhDFeral goats (Capra hircus L.) in the landscape: behaviour, home range and habitat use
2008Emeline Becart NUI (UCC)MScConservation status of Bufo calamita (Laurenti) - Natterjack toad- in Ireland and effects of landuse
2011Brian Barrett NUI (UCC)PhDSynthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) - intensity and interferometric approaches to near-surface soil moisture characterisation
2009Amy L. Dale NUI (UCC)PhDSpatial and temporal variability of Zostera marina and associated fauna in Southwest Ireland
2011Emer A. Walker NUI (UCC)MScThe potential of Leycesteria formosa to become and invasive alien species in Ireland
2009Julia Feliz NUI (UCC)MScGaultheria mucronata (L.f.) Hooker & Arnott: distribution and biology of an exotic invasive species in Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal
2006Elaine Bennett NUI (UCC)PhDThe status, ecology and conservation of Tuberia guttata (L.) Fourreau in Ireland
2013John Devaney NUI (UCC)PhDThe natural regeneration ecology of yew Taxus baccata L.
2001Dolores Byrne NUI (UCC)PhDA study of the numbers, diet and effects of cattle and feral goats on the ecology of the Burren National Park, Co. Clare, Ireland
2003Fionnuala O'Neill NUI (UCC)PhDRegeneration of native oak woodland following Rhododendron ponticum clearance from Glengarriff Wood Nature Reserve, Co. Cork, Ireland
2014Maria J. Kirrane UCCPhDGrooming and hygienic behaviours of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) toward the parasitic mite Varroa destructor
9999Eugene Finnerty (due to complete in 2015) University College CorkPhDEffectiveness of mammal mitigation measures on Irish national roads

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Mc Auliffe Fergus Doctoral Degree
Weyman Gillian Doctoral Degree
Duggan Tara Maria Doctoral Degree
Edwards Murphy Fiona Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2016Biology & Management of Alien Species AE4015Biology & Management of Alien Species
2016Plant Identification PS2003Plant Identification

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Dr Emanuel Popovici Dept of Civil and Electrical Engineering, University College CorkIRELAND
Dr Marcel Jansen School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesIRELAND
Dr Rob McAllen School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences,IRELAND
Prof Mark Emmerson Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant ScienceIRELAND
Prof Mark Emmerson Deparetment of Zoology, Ecology and Plant ScienceIRELAND
Dr Deborah Chapman Department of Environmental ScienceIRELAND
Dr Ruth Ramsay Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant ScienceIRELAND
Dr Tom Kelly Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant ScienceIRELAND
Dr Fidelma Butler School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesIRELAND
Dr Fidelma Butler School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesIRELAND
Dr Edward Dwyer Coastal and Marine Research CentreIRELAND
Prof Mark Emmerson Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant ScienceIRELAND
Dr Emanuel Popovici Dept of Electrical Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Univerisity College CorkIRELAND
Prof Mark Emmerson Dept of Zoology, Ecology and Plant ScienceIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr Jane Stout Trinity College DublinIRELAND
Prof Mark Emmerson Queen's University, BelfastNORTHERN IRELAND
Prof Mark Emmerson Queen's University BelfastIRELAND
Dr Colin Lawton National University of Ireland, GalwayIRELAND
Prof Peter Jones School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesIRELAND
Prof Mark Emmerson Queen's University BelfastNORTHERN IRELAND
Dr David Bourke Trinity College DublinIRELAND
Dr Jens Dauber Trinity College DublinIRELAND
Dr Lilia de Guzman US Dept of Agriculture, Agricultural Research ServiceU.S.A.
Prof Charles Spillane National University of Ireland, GalwayIRELAND