Research team

Wordpress_Image_Mike2Dr Michael Brennan is a graduate of both Trinity College Dublin and UCD with degrees in microbiology, environmental science and urban biodiversity. Michael has three core research themes: (1) urban biodiversity; (2) cataloging and modelling environmental resource use; and (3) spatial planning, institutional coordination and governance. Currently, Michael is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working on the Dublin Tree Canopy Study. In this project Michael is investigating the urban forestry cover of the urban areas in Dublin.  This project seeks to quantify the canopy cover area and assess its spatial distribution, identify the proportion of canopy in public ownership and estimate the environmental services provided by the current cover. Additionally, this project will compare how Dublin compares to other major European cities in terms of canopy cover, and make recommendations for tree canopy expansion.

In parallel to the Dublin Tree Canopy Study, Michael is participating in two international research networks. Firstly, he is part of the New Commons Project. This project assesses the practicalities of collecting improved urban forestry data through the integration of satellite imagery and crowd-sourcing. Secondly, he is a participant on COST Action FP1204 – Green Infrastructure Approach – which is exploring the environmental and social aspects in the study and management of urban forests.

Wordpress_Image_TineDr Tine Ningal  completed his PhD in 2012 from the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy in UCD, a Masters in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Wageningen University in 2005 and a Professional Masters in Cartography and Geovisualization (2001) in ITC, Twente Univerity, both masters were completed in the Netherlands. His first degree is in Cartography (1995) from University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea. Tine currently works as Senior Technical Officer in the UCD School of Geography.

His research and teaching interests include GIS, physical geography, urban trees/urban environments, energy and well-being. He has collaborated with a number of researchers over time and is presently collaborating with Dr. Gerald Mills and Dr. Michael Brennan to assess the canopy cove of Greater Dublin Area (GDA) for Dublin City Authorities.

In his doctoral research, Tine undertook the first comprehensive survey of Dublin’s Urban trees using remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) to create the first urban trees GIS database for Dublin’s trees at a city scale. At the conclusion of his tree database, he was interviewed by RTE for Six-Ten News and a synthesis of this PhD thesis is available online that provides a quick overview of his work.

In the last couple of years he has collaborated with a number researchers within Europe and internationally to assess the subjective well-being of people and the level of environmental quality and other objective and subjective measures, environment, energy and pollution being some of the main factors. A number of publications resulted from these collaborations.

Tine is also involved in COST Action FP1204 that explores the various benefits of green infrastructure (GI). This project ended in early 2017 with books, book chapters and papers as some of the outcomes. Detailed information on his research activates can be found at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.

Wordpress_Image_GeraldDr Gerald Mills is an expert in urban form and urban climates, with a research focus on exploring how design and planning can create comfortable and healthy outdoor environments. Gerald has extensive experience in the characterization of GBI elements at fine spatial scales, and a strong national and international research network exploring how differing urban configurations influence urban microclimates, urban livability and urban atmospheres