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John Finn

Research Officer - Biodiversity & Farmland Ecology

Research Interests

  • Farmland ecology,
  • Sustainable agriculture,
  • Multispecies mixtures,
  • High Nature Value farming systems

Current Projects

  • IDEAL-HNV: Identifying the Distribution and Extent of Agricultural Land of High Nature Value
  • Development and application of a farm-scale indicator for farmland biodiversity
  • Spatial distribution of rare Irish flora
  • Can multi-species agronomic grassland mixtures mitigate the effects of extreme climate events?
  • Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme
  • Biodiversity Working Group


Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Reading, England

PhD in Ecology, University College Cork

Bachelor of Science (Applied Ecology) University College Cork

Finn et al. (2013) Ecosystem function enhanced by combining four functional types of plant species in intensively-managed grassland mixtures: a three-year continental-scale field experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology (in press) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2664

Louwagie, G., Northey, G., Purvis, G. and J. Finn. (2012) Development of indicators for assessment of the environmental impact of livestock farming in Ireland using the Agri-environmental Footprint Index. Ecological Indicators 18: 149-162. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.11.003 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X11003682

Connolly et al. (2013) An improved model to predict the effects of changing biodiversity levels on ecosystem function. Journal of Ecology (in press) DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12052 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2745.12052/abstract

Finn, J.A. and Ó hUallacháin, D. A review of evidence for the environmental effectiveness of Ireland’s Rural Environmental Protection Scheme. Biology and Environment. DOI: 10.3318/BIOE.2011.19http://ria.metapress.com/content/2367379l28t45114/?genre=article&id=doi%3a10.3318%2fBIOE.2011.19

Sheridan, H., McMahon, B.J., Carnus, T., Finn, J.A., Kinsella, A., Purvis, G. (2011) Pastoral farmland habitat diversity in south-east Ireland. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 144: 130-135. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167880911002507

Sullivan, C.A., Bourke, D., Gormally, M.J., Sheehy Skeffington, M., Finn, J.A., Green, S. and Kelly, S. 2011. Use of generalised additive models to estimate area of semi-natural habitats on lowland farms in western Ireland. Biological Conservation 144: 1089-1099. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320710005379

Fritch, R.A., Sheridan, H., Finn, J.A., Kirwan, L. and Ó hUallacháin, D. 2011. Methods of enhancing botanical diversity within field margins of intensively managed grassland: a 7-year field experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 551-560. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01951.x/abstract

O’Hea, N., Kirwan, L. and Finn, J.A. (2010). Experimental mixtures of dung fauna affect dung decomposition through complex effects of species interactions. Oikos 119: 1081–1088. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.18116.x/full

Sullivan, C.A., Sheehy Skeffington, M., Gormally, M.J. and Finn, J.A. (2010). The ecological status of grasslands on lowland farmlands in western Ireland and implications for grassland classification and nature value assessment. Biological Conservation 143: 1529-1539. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320710001242

Primdahl, J., Vesterager, J.P., Finn, J.A., Vlahos, G. Kristensen, L. and Vejre, H. (2010). Current use of impact models for agri-environment schemes and potential for improvements of policy design and assessment. Journal of Environmental Management 91: 1245-1254. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479709004095

Finn, J.A. (2005) Getting a PhD: an action plan to help manage your research, your supervisor and your project. Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415344982/

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