Principle Investigators in Applied Ecology
Dr. James Moran (Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science): James has worked in the area of applied ecology and agri-environmental management for 15 years. During this time he has worked in various roles in private, public and semi state bodies as an educator, farm advisor and researcher. Doctoral research was completed at the National University of Ireland, Galway, on the implications of grazing and hydrological regimes for the ecology of plant and carabid beetle communities of turloughs (seasonal karst wetlands). Currently employed as a lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science at IT Sligo, his main research interests include agro-ecology; high nature value farmland; grazing ecology; wetland ecosystems; development of agri-environment schemes; biodiversity and ecosystem services; protected areas management. Before joining IT Sligo in 2009 he was the knowledge transfer and ecological research specialist in the 5 year Burren Life programme – a programme whose success in engaging and empowering local communities was internationally recognised and whose innovations have now been taken on by the State in the expanded Burren Farming for Conservation Programme. He is a principle investigator in applied ecology at the Centre for Sustainability at IT Sligo. Current research projects include investigation of high nature value farming in north-west of Ireland (2 PhD students), peatland restoration and C sequestration on cutaway peatlands (1 MSc student) and development of locally targeted HNV programmes in Ireland (outreach programme in conjunction with Heritage Council and European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism).