Trinity College Dublin
Energy Transition, Climate Action
Aoibheann Gaughran is a postdoctoral research fellow and ecologist currently working on Nature+Energy, a partnership between TCD’s Nature+ Centre, Maynooth University, Wind Energy Ireland and eight Irish renewable energy companies with the aim of maximising the benefits of biodiversity on windfarms. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology (2013) and a PhD (2018) from Trinity College Dublin. Her research has centred on the intersection between the natural world and human activity, with a more recent focus on finding practical solutions to addressing the interlinked biodiversity and climate crises. She previously worked on a joint DAFM-NPWS project examining the impact of a large road improvement scheme on the behavioural ecology of badgers (The N11 Badger Project). She project managed the Áras an Uachtaráin Biodiversity Audit (2019-2020), commissioned by President Michael D Higgins through the OPW, a project that quantified habitat and species diversity in the Áras, culminating in management recommendations for the enhancement of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services.