Partner and Members of PAN


Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit, Department of Botany, Galway

The Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit (PRU) is a small but active research unit in the Department of Botany, National University of Ireland, Galway, what was established in 1990 with a view to providing a focus within NUI, Galway and western Ireland for Quaternary palaeoecology. Its research activities are centred on reconstruction of Late-glacial (vegetation and climate) and Holocene palaeoenvironments (woodland and land-use dynamics and overall human impact) in Ireland.
For this purpose it has used both peats (especially blanket bog) and lake sediments. The main emphasis has been on detailed pollen analysis often in close co-operation with archaeologists. Multidisciplinary investigations have been carried out in several studies with the assistance of other institutes both in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe. The laboratory has hosed several foreign graduate students and postdoctoral fellows including two Feodor Lynen (A. von Humboldt Foundation) Fellows (1994 and 2000-2001).

Selected projects

Coordinator of TIMECHS (1998-2000), a 4. EU FP project, which aims to reconstruct Holocene climate change based on a long lake core from Inis Oírr. Coordinated EU Late-glacial project, (1990-1992).

Part in PAN

NUIG has shared responsibility of WP 7 Strategic research planning and dissemination with UiB (partner 1). They have expertise on the Cultural Landscapes and Ecosystems of heathland and peat lands. The participants from NUIG have a broad scientific expertise in several fields, including palaeoecology, pollen analysis, archaeology, functioning and history of peat lands, conservation and future land-use strategies. NUIG is host institution for the sixth and last PAN workshop in Glengarriff, Ireland, June 2005.

Participants in PAN

Michael O'Connell tlf: +353-91-524411 ext 2338 or 2674
K. Molloy
Annette Overland
William F. O’Brien
Conor Newman
John Feehan

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