Ian Donohue
Funded Investigator
Funded Investigator
Trinity College Dublin Energy Transition, Climate Action Coastal & Marine Systems


Ian Donohue is Head of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin. He uses theory and experiments to explore how biological networks respond to perturbations. The overarching aim of his research is to understand and predict how key elements of global change alter the functioning and stability of ecosystems. Ian is a Principle Investigator on the industry project Nature+Energy.


An important goal of Ian’s research is to bridge the gaps between theoretical, empirical and applied ecology. His field research focuses mainly on aquatic ecosystems (both marine and freshwater), although more recently his approach to research combines theory, experimental and observational work in the field and laboratory experiments using multitrophic microbial communities.

Ian is a member of the European Environment Agency Scientific Committee (https://www.eea.europa.eu/) and is an editor for the leading journals Ecology Letters (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14610248) and Global Change Biology (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/13652486).

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