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Dr Gesche Kindermann
Applied Ecology Unit
Centre for Environmental Science
National University of Ireland Galway
T: 091 493863
I am also a postdoctoral researcher with the EPA funded Sheer Wellbeing Project and NEAR Health, an EPA/HSE funded project. I lead on the workpackage which asks stakeholders about their values, perceptions, motivations, and barriers to using nature for health and wellbeing. I have extensive experience in researching Irish ecosystems with an emphasis on their conservation management. A particular focus of my work is stakeholder engagement in this process. My main areas of interest are habitat and landscape conservation management with particular focus on coastal dune systems and machairs. I am particularly interested in the management of human use of these areas.
I graduated from NUI Galway in 2001 with a BSc in Environmental Science. I then completed a Masters in Ecosystem Conservation and Landscape Management at UCC in 2003. This was followed by voluntary work with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Maroansetra, Madagascar, following which I returned to NUIG for a PhD. In 2011 I completed my thesis Impacts of tourism activity on coastal dune systems, sponsored by IRCSET through the Embark Initiative. The aim of this study was to assess human impacts on coastal conservation areas with particular emphasis on recreation activities and site management. Focus of the study was to assess the opinions of all stakeholders, who are involved in site management or who are land users, using Q-methodology.
Previous research assessed the management of recreational activities with in coastal SACs containing such dune systems and to establish how SACs can be managed for conservation while allowing for other activities such as recreation to take place. This involved assessing the direct impacts of recreation on the habitats in coastal conservation areas, recording and comparing the current ground level management practices and stakeholders opinions on the current situation, with the aim to compile a list of good practice management methods for use in other sites.
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2020)|| 'Surfing and the Senses: Using Body Mapping to Understand the Embodied and Therapeutic Experiences of Young Surfers with Autism'
Easkey Britton, Gesche Kindermann, and Caitriona Carlin (2020) 'Surfing and the Senses: Using Body Mapping to Understand the Embodied and Therapeutic Experiences of Young Surfers with Autism'. Journal Of Community Psychology, [Details]
|(2020)|| 'Blue care: a systematic review of blue space interventions for health and wellbeing'
Britton E;Kindermann G;Domegan C;Carlin C; (2020) 'Blue care: a systematic review of blue space interventions for health and wellbeing'. Health Promotion International, 35 (1) [DOI] [Details]
|(2017)|| 'Mature exotic conifer stands have greater catches of the EU-protected Geomalacus maculosus than adjacent peatland or clear-felled standsimplications for forestry'
Erin Johnston, Gesche Kindermann, Jack OCallaghan, Daniel Burke, Cillian McLoughlin, Sinéad Horgan, Inga Reich, Rory Mc Donnell, Christopher D. Williams & Michael Gormally (2017) 'Mature exotic conifer stands have greater catches of the EU-protected Geomalacus maculosus than adjacent peatland or clear-felled standsimplications for forestry'. Annals Of Forest Science, [Details]
|(2018)|| 'A Rapid Assessment Framework for Irish Habitats: A Case Study of Machair Habitat Quality'
Thomas Gorman, Gesche Kindermann, Terry Morley (2018) 'A Rapid Assessment Framework for Irish Habitats: A Case Study of Machair Habitat Quality'. Irish Geography, [Details]
|(2017)|| 'Monitoring the EU protected Geomalacus maculosus (Kerry Slug): what are the factors affecting catch returns in open and forested habitats?'
Johnston, E;Kindermann, G;O'Callaghan, J;Burke, D;McLaughlin, C;Horgan, S;Mc Donnell, R;Williams, C;Gormally, M (2017) 'Monitoring the EU protected Geomalacus maculosus (Kerry Slug): what are the factors affecting catch returns in open and forested habitats?'. Ecological Research, 32 :95-104 [DOI] [Details]
|(2017)|| 'Nematode associates and susceptibility of a protected slug (Geomalacus maculosus) to four biocontrol nematodes'
Carnaghi, M;Rae, R;De Ley, IT;Johnston, E;Kindermann, G;Mc Donnell, R;O'Hanlon, A;Reich, I;Sheahan, J;Williams, CD;Gormally, MJ (2017) 'Nematode associates and susceptibility of a protected slug (Geomalacus maculosus) to four biocontrol nematodes'. Biocontrol Science And Technology, 27 :294-299 [DOI] [Details]
|(2013)|| 'Stakeholder perceptions of recreational and management impacts on protected coastal dune systems: A comparison of three European countries'
Gesche Kindermann, Mike Gormally (2013) 'Stakeholder perceptions of recreational and management impacts on protected coastal dune systems: A comparison of three European countries'. Land Use Policy, 31 :472-485 [ARAN Link] [Details]
|(2010)|| 'Vehicle damage caused by recreational use of coastal dune systems in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) on the west coast of Ireland'
Kindermann, G., Gormally, M. (2010) 'Vehicle damage caused by recreational use of coastal dune systems in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) on the west coast of Ireland'. Journal Of Coastal Conservation, 14 :173-188 [Details]
|(2016)|| Landscape Values: Theory and Praxis.
Gesche Kinderman, Tim Collins, Nessa Cronin, Conor Newman (Ed.). (2016) Landscape Values: Theory and Praxis. Galway, Ireland: Centre for Landscape Studies, NUI Galway. [Details]
| 37th IAH (Irish Group) Annual Conference,
Grainne Barron, Tiernan Henry, Gesche Kindermann Development of a focussed Integrated Catchment Management toolkit for use in secondary schools. [Oral Presentation], 37th IAH (Irish Group) Annual Conference, Tullamore . [Details]
|(2011)|| Protected coastal dune systems: Recreational impacts and users perceptions regarding nature conservation with specific reference to machair.
Gesche Kindermann (2011) Protected coastal dune systems: Recreational impacts and users perceptions regarding nature conservation with specific reference to machair. Thesis [Details]
|Association||Function||From / To|
|Leave no Trace||Research Committee Member||/|
|Environmental Science Association Ireland||College Liaison for NUIG||/|
|Irish Ecological Association||Committee Member||/|
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|Community and University Sustainability Project||Work Group Leader||/|
|Biodiversity and Bioresources cluster of the Ryan Institute||Member||/|
|College of Science Graduate Studies Committee||SNS PGT representative||/|
|School of Natural Sciences Postgraduate Research Committee||Committee Member||/|
|School of Natural Sciences Postgraduate Taught Committee||Chair||/|
|2001||NUIG||BSc (Hons)||Environmental Science|
|2015||NUIG||Postgraduate Diploma||Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education|
|2003||UCC||Msc||Ecosystem Conservation & Landscape Management|
- Ecosystem Sciences
- Biodiversity Legislation and Policy
- Habitat Identification and Assessment
- Habitat Management and Restoration
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Strategic Impact Assessment
- Appropriate Assessment
- Environmental Leadership
- Communicating Science and Research
|Term/Year||Module Title||Module Code||Subject / Desc|
|since 2018/19||Communicating Science & Research||EV5102|
|since 2019/20||Environmental Leadership||EV6102|
|since 2011/12||Habitat Identification and Assessment||EV527||This module explores what a habitat is and the factors that influence habitat assessments. Specific reference will be made to habitat requirements, attributes & properties, monitoring issues (such as establishing a baseline, recruitment & mortality) and conservation evaluation criteria etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the connections between these requirements with a view to producing an overall habitat assessment procedure.|
|since 2011/12||Habitat Management and Restoration||EV528||This module outlines what habitat management is and why it is necessary. Philosophical approaches to habitat management, creation and restoration are explored. Principles of habitat management are summarised in relation to the objectives of any management technique, with special reference to management for a number of different taxa including; i.e. plants, fungi, lichens, invertebrates and vertebrates, etc.|
|since 2011/12||Ecosystem Sciences||EV507||This module explores how the ecosystem can be assessed from a number of different perspectives including; i.e. geology, hydrology, soils, biodiversity, etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the connections between these parameters with a view to producing an overall integrated ecosystem assessment procedure.|
|since 2011/12||Ecological Survey Techniques||EV514||The objective of this course is to introduce students to a variety of fieldwork techniques used for ecological surveys. Survey methodologies include plant surveys using frame and pin quadrats, animal surveys using small mammal traps and stream / river surveys with reference to macroinvertebrate sampling and associated physical parameters.|
|since 2011/12||Invasive Species & Biodiversity||EV534|
|since 2011/12||Environmental Impact Assessent (EIA)||EV529|
|since 2011/12||Appropriate Assessment (AA)||EV531|
|since 2011/12||Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)||EV530|
|since 2011/12||Water Framework Directive (WFD)||EV5101|