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Michael Bevan Jones

BA, PhD(Lanc 1968,1971). FTCD Member, EASAC Environment Steering Panel

Emeritus Fellow TCD

Member ScienceElected in 2003

Professor Mike Jones is the Academy’s nominee to the EASAC Environmental Steering Panel. The objective of the EASAC Environment Steering Panel is to provide independent leading edge scientific assessments and advice to EU environment policy communities, together with experts across the science academies of the EU.  Topics are selected by the EASAC Council based on advice from the Environment Steering Panel and encompass a wide range of environmental issues of interest to the EU (e.g climate change, air/water quality, wastes and resources, biodiversity, ecosystems and sustainability). The Chair is Professor Lars Walloe (Professor Emeritus at the University of Oslo), and the Environment Programme Director is Mike Norton (also Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology).

Professor Mike Jones is a plant ecophysiologist and is Emeritus Professor in Trinity College Dublin where he formerly held the University Chair of Botany (1711) from 1996 until 2011. His main research interest is in the study of climate-plant interactions and since the 1980’s he has been studying the effects of changing climate, and the direct effects of rising CO2 on a range of ecosystems including agricultural and natural grasslands and tropical wetlands. He has coordinated several EU Framework Programme Projects. He is currently subject editor of Global Change Biology (IF 6.9) and GCB-Bioenergy (IF 4.7).

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