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Dr. Kenneth Byrne

BAgrSc, MEngSc, PhD

Biography

Present Position:

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications:

B.Agr.Sc. (Forestry), University College Dublin, 1992.
Ph.D. (Soil Science), University College Dublin, 1999.
M.Eng.Sc. (Civil and Environmental Engineering), University College Cork, 2011.
Grad. Dip. (Teaching, Learning and Scholarship), University of Limerick, 2018.

Former Positions:
Bord na Móna Newman Scholar, University College Dublin (1999-2002)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College Dublin (2002-2003)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College Cork (2004-2008)

Research Interests

My research focuses on the impact of land use and land use change on soil carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions. Other interests include carbon storage in harvested wood products, forest ecosystem services and nutrient stores in forest biomass.
Researcher staff and studentsCompletedCiara Hayes. 2010. Spatial variation in soil carbon stocks under a Miscanthus crop. M.Sc. University of Limerick.Anthony O'Donnell. 2011. Forestry in the Republic of Ireland: Government policy, grant incentives and carbon sequestration value M.Sc. (Financial Services), University of Limerick. Minor thesis. Co-supervisor: Dr. M. Cummins.Stephanie Brosnan. 2011. Partitioning of soil respiration in a beech forest using a trenching experiment. M.Sc., University of Limerick.Dr. Jennifer Donlan. 2010-2011. Carbon stocks and stock changes in harvested wood products. Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the Council for Forest Research and Development.

Dr. Jennifer Donlan. 2014. Assessment of agricultural activity on drained organic soils. Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Eva Ros Mangrinan. 2015. Nutrient pools in forest biomass. MSc. Co-supervisor Dr. Thomas Cummins, UCD. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Cormac O'Callaghan. 2015. Quantification and valuation of Irish forest ecosystem services in Irish forests. MSc at University College Cork co-supervised with Prof. J. O'Halloran and Dr S. Irwin. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Richard Lane. 2016. Soil carbon dynamics in afforested organo-mineral soils. PhD. University of Limerick. Funded by the irish Research Council.

Caitlin
Rigney. 2016. Greenhouse gas emissions from rewetted peatland forests. PhD. University of Limerick. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gemma
Torres-Sallan. 2016. Physical and biochemical characterisation of soil organic carbon in topsoil and subsoil of Irish grasslands. PhD. University of Limerick.Co-Supervisors: Dr. G. Lanigan and Prof. R. Creamer. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Jonay Antonio Jovani Sancho. 2017. Empirical and process based modeling of soil respiration in afforested peatlands. PhD. University of Limerick. Co-supervisor Dr. Thomas Cummins, UCD. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Dr. Jean O'Dwyer. (2015-2018). Economic and Environmental Mapping of Cascade Use of Wood. Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Michael Clancy. 2018. Soil carbon stocks in forest soils. PhD. Soil carbon stocks and life cycle analysis of short rotation forestry. University of Limerick. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Current
Kilian Walz. Peatland properties influencing greenhouse gas emissions and removals. Co-supervisor Dr. Florence Renou-Wilson, UCD. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dylan Walshe. Integration of spatial Big Data for improved long term forest resource planning. Employment based PhD scholarship funded by the Irish Research Council.Co-supervisor Dr. Daniel McInerney, Coillte Teoranta.


Professional Activities

Award

  • 2011 - Visiting Scholarship to Trent University, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2007 - Member of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • 2003 - Honarary Diploma, Forest Research and Management Institute, Bucharest, Romania
  • 1999 - Newman Scholarship, University College Dublin

Association

  • Member, Soil Science Society of Ireland
  • Member, International Union of Soil Science