Recent and ongoing research projects

Protecting Farmland Pollinators. 2019-2023. See project website

Dr Saorla Kavanagh, Dr Úna FitzPatrick, National Biodiversity Data Centre.

European Innovation Partnership (EIP) funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

Enhancing pollinator diversity through biodiversity-friendly management actions. 2020-2024

Ceri Green & Prof Jane Stout, TCD.

PhD studentship funded by IRC Enterprise Partnership grant with Kepak.

Understanding and linking the fundamental ecological requirements of Ireland’s solitary bees for their long-term conservation and the creation of evidence-based policy. 2019-2021.

Dr Stephanie Maher & Prof Jane Stout, TCD; Dr Úna FitzPatrick, Biodiversity Data Centre.

Funded by an IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Impacts of agricultural runoff on plants and their insect pollinators. 2017-2019.

Dr Laura Russo, Prof Jane Stout, Prof Yvonne Buckley, TCD.

Funded by a Marie Curie Sklodowska Fellowship.

Factors influencing aphidophagous hoverflies in Irish landscapes. 2016-2020.

Sarah Gabel & Prof Jane Stout, TCD; Dr Blanaid White, DCU.

PhD funded by IRC/EPA studentship.

Assessing Market and Non-market Values of Pollination Services in Ireland: Pollival. 2017-2019.

Dr James Murphy, Dr Saorla Kavanagh, Prof Jane Stout, TCD.

Funded by EPA.

The ecology of nature-based solutions – exploring urban plant-pollinator interactions. 2017-2021.

Cian White, Prof Jane Stout, Asst Prof Marcus Collier, TCD.

PhD funded by TCD studentship and EU H2020 project “Connecting Nature”.

“Farm-Ecos” Farming and Natural Resources: Measures for Ecological Sustainability. 2017-2021

Led by Daire O hUallacháin (Teagasc), with Prof Jane Stout (TCD), Dr Blanaid White (DCU), Mike Gormally (NUIG) and James Moran (GMIT). PhD students Sara Ruas and Karzan D. Ahmed, Postdocs –Dr Steph Maher, Dr Ruth Kelly, Dr Simon Hodge, Dr Michelle Larkin, Dr Alan Lee and Dr Roser Rotchés-Ribalta.

Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

“PROTECTS” Protecting terrestrial ecosystems through sustainable pesticide use. 2018-2022. See website

Led by Dr Dara Stanley (UCD), with Prof Jane Stout and Asst Prof Matt Saunders (TCD), Dr Jim Carolan (MU), Dr Blanaid White (DCU). Four PhD students work on this project: Elena Zioga (TCD), Linzi Thompson (UCD), Mathavan Vickneswaran (DCU) and Merissa Cullen (MU), and postdocs Aoife Delaney, Ana Alina Premrov.

Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

“PoshBee”, Pan-European assessment, monitoring, and mitigation of stressors on the health of bees

Prof Jane Stout (TCD) is leading a work package on assessing exposure hazards for honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees across a 128-site pan-European field network. Dr Simon Hodge, Dr Jordan Chetcuti and PhD student Irene Bottero comprise the rest of the TCD team. See

 Funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773921

Honey chemical constituents from apiaries in different landscapes in Ireland. 2014-2018.

Saorla Kavanagh, Dr Blanaid White, Prof Jane Stout

PhD funded by Irish Research Council studentship.

Shea pollination in West Africa. 2015-2017

Prof Jane Stout, Dr Aoife Delaney, TCD

Funded by Lush Cosmetics and Darwin Foundation (UK).

Informing monitoring and conservation of pollinators and pollination services in species-rich grasslands. 2016-2020.

Michelle Larkin; Dr Dara Stanley, UCD

PhD funded by NUI Galway and Irish Research Council.

SUSPOLL: Food in the future; sustainable crop population in a changing world. 2018-2022. See project website

Dr Dara Stanley, UCD; PhD students Alison O’Reilly and Arrian Karbassioon.

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

Brilliant Bees: the importance of wild and managed pollinators to Irish natural capital. 2017-2021.

Katie Byrnes; Dr Dara Stanley, UCD

PhD funded by funded by NUI Galway, Irish Research Council and Eva Crane Trust.

A comparative assessment of native and imported bumblebee pollinators, a molecular and ecological perspective. 2019-2023.

Sarah Larragy, Dr Jim Carolan, MU; Prof Jane Stout ,TCD

PhD funded by Irish Research Council.

Characterising bumblebee immuno-metabolic systems. 2015-2018

Dearbhlaith Larkin, Dr Jim Carolan, MU

PhD funded by MU Hume Scholarship and IRC Scholarship.

Proteomic characterization of neonicotinoid effects on the central nervous system of Bombus terrestris

Felipe Melo, Dr Jim Carolan, MU

PhD funded by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) through the Science Without Borders programme.