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Kieran Monaghan

Kieran Monaghan

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Functional Biodiversity
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : AU=(Monaghan K*) and AD=(Aveiro)
  • Title: methods for bioassessment Supervisor: Amadeu Soares Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: FCT Grant reference: BDP/CESAM/0076/UID/AMB/50017 Start date: 2016-12-01 End date: 2017-12-31


Academic qualifications

PhD Geography, University of Birmingham, UK


MSc Applied hydrobiology, University of Cardiff


BSc Environmental Science, University of Sussex

Recent conferences

2014 Limnologia, Santander, Spain. (oral) Four reasons to question the accuracy of a biotic index


2013 Intercol, London, UK. (oral) Revisiting Taylor's Power Law for aquatic macroinvertebrates.


2012 Ecological Society of America, Portland, USA. (oral) Calling the odds in the gamble of bioassessment: the importance of quantifying taxonomic uncertainty


 2012 Iberian Limnological Society, Minho, Portugal (oral) Building macroinvertebrate biotic indices from trait descriptions, an examples for organic pollution


2012 Iberian Limnological Society, Minho, Portugal (poster) Choosing the sharpest tool in the box: taxon-weighting improves family-level traits assessment


2011 European Ecological Federation, Ávila, Spain (oral) Deriving biotic indices from macroinvertebrate trait descriptions.


2011 Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Girona, Spain (oral) Species traits and habitat mediate the impact of wildfire on upland stream fishes


2010 North American Benthological Society, Santa Fé, USA (oral) The impact of wildfire on fish communities in upland Altantic-Mediterranean steams


2010 River Conservation & Management, York. (poster) The burning issue: wildfire and fish conservation in upland Altantic-Mediterranean streams.


 

Research Projects

INFERNO - the INfluence of Forest-firE on River commuNity Organisation
Initiated in 2008, the INFERNO project employs descriptive surveys of fish, macroinvertebrates and river habitats to assess the impact of wildfire on Portuguese river ecosystems. Response surveys of recently burned sites (summer fires in 2008, 2009, 2010) are providing information on short term patterns of impact and recovery, while a chronosequence survey (1990-2008; substituting space for time) has been used to elucidate the short-to-medium term effects.


 


DOMINO EFFECT - Degradation of lOtic ecosysteMs assocIated with plaNtation fOrestry: An Evaluation of plantation Forest Food-wEb CommuniTies


Initiated in 2010 the DOMINO project is based on a holistic, ecosystem study of the flow of energy between forest and aquatic systems. Based on habitat surveys and comparative community analysis in Eucalypt, Pine and Broadleaf forest ecological surveys of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, amphibians, fish are used to describe the interconnectedness of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems (type of links and strength of links) in relation of resource availability. Seasonal change and associated spatio-temporal dynamics are given emphasis by evaluating the differences between permanent and intermittent (summer-time pools) stream habitats.


 ABSTRACTION: Assessing Biological degradation of Stream ecosysTems Resulting from Abstraction-irrigAtion: the impaCt for biodiversiTy and ecOlogical functioN

Books

Amorim, Keizer, Miranda & Monaghan (Editors) 2011. Forest fires research: beyond burnt area statistics. ISBN 978-972-789-345-4.


Monaghan K.A. & Milner A.M. 2000. Alternative methods for the biological classification of rivers. Environment Agency R&D Technical Report, Wrc Publishers.


 

Research interests & career

It is my passion to try to understand,
Life in the oceans, in rivers and on land,
Not just to classify and to describe,
But imagine rules, by which all life survives,
Environmental pressures to evolutionary adaptation,
The fate of individuals to the whole population,
From genes to ecosystems, I wish to behold,
Unifying theories; life’s secrets told.


Yet the more that I learn increases an anxiety,
That current human actions reduce life’s variety,
So my efforts have focused on methods to measure,
Ecosystem quality, to help the endeavour,
To manage and conserve life’s rich tapestry,
That defines our future, like it does our history,
So that future generations may respectively thank,
That “It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank...”.

Scientific Supervision

In progress
Concluded

Projects

In progress
Concluded
  • LTER-RAVE - Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes See more
  • DOMINO EFFECT - Degradation of lOtic ecosysteMs assocIated with plaNtation fOrestry: An Evaluation of plantation Forest Food-wEb CommuniTies See more

Publications

WoS Papers (16)
Domingues I., Guilhermino L., Soares A.M.V.M., Nogueira A.J.A., Monaghan K.A. (2009) Influence of exposure scenario on pesticide toxicity in the midge Kiefferulus calligaster (Kieffer). In: Ecotoxicology And Environmental Safety. 72, 450-457.
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M. (2008) Macroinvertebrate communities and habitat structure in least-impacted hill streams of central Portugal. In: Journal Of Freshwater Ecology. 23, 315-325.
Monaghan K.A. , Fonseca M.M. , Domingues I. , Soares A.M.V.M. (2008) The Effects of small-scalle impoundments and bank reinforcing on fish habitat and composition in semi-natural streams. In: Polish Journal Of Ecology. 56, 4, 647-657.
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M. (2010) The bioassessment of fish and macroinvertebrates in a Mediterranean-Atlantic climate; habitat assessment and concordance between contrasting ecological samples. In: Ecological Indicators. 10, 2, 184-191.
Domingues I., Agra A.R., Monaghan K., Soares A.M.V.M., Nogueira A.J.A. (2010) Cholinesterase and Glutathione S-transferase activities in freshwater invertebrates as biomarkers to assess pesticide contamination. In: Environmental Toxicology And Chemistry. 29, 1, 5-18.
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M. (2012) Bringing new knowledge to an old problem: building a biotic index from lotic macroinvertebrate traits. In: Ecological Indicators. 20, 213-220.
Bastos A.C., Monaghan K.A., Pestana J.L.T., Lillebø A.I., Loureiro S. (2013) A comment on the Editorial “Replication in aquatic biology: The result is often pseudoreplication”. In: Aquatic Toxicology. 126, 467–470
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M. (2013) Improving the accuracy of aquatic macroinvertebrate trait assignment – the importance of taxon-weighting. In: Canadian Journal Of Fisheries And Aquatic Sciences. 70, 885-894.
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M. (2014) The derivation of log-transformed abundance data for the quantitative analysis of macroinvertebrate traits - an addendum to 'A macroecological perspective of trait patterns in stream communities' by Heino et al. (2013). In: Freshwater Biology. 59, 7, 1546-1550.
Monaghan, KA (2015) Taylor's Law improves the accuracy of bioassessment; an example for freshwater macroinvertebrates. In: Hydrobiologia. 760, 1, 91-103.
Monaghan, KA (2016) Four Reasons to Question the Accuracy of a Biotic Index; the Risk of Metric Bias and the Scope to Improve Accuracy. In: Plos One. 11, 7,
Lima A.C., Agostinho C.S., Soares A.M.V.M., Monaghan K.A. (2016) Alternative ways to measure impacts of dam closure to the structure of fish communities of a neotropical river. In: Ecohydrology. 9, 5, 860-870.
Monaghan K.A., Machado A.L., Wrona F.J., Soares A.M.V.M. (2016) The impact of wildfire on stream fishes in an Atlantic-Mediterranean climate: evidence from an 18-year chronosequence. In: Knowledge And Management Of Aquatic Ecosystems. 417,
Lima A.C., Agostinho C.S., Sayanda D., Pelicice F.M., Soares A.M.V.M., Monaghan K.A. (2016) The rise and fall of fish diversity in a neotropical river after impoundment. In: Hydrobiologia. 763, 1, 207-221.
Lima A.C., Sayanda D., Soares A.M.V.M., Wrona F.J., Monaghan K.A. (2017) Integrating taxonomic and trait analyses to assess the impact of damming on fish communities in a northern cold region river. In: Canadian Journal Of Fisheries And Aquatic Sciences. 74, 4, 452-463.
Lima A.C., Sayanda D., Agostinho C.S., Machado A.L., Soares A.M.V.M., Monaghan K.A. (2018) Using a trait-based approach to measure the impact of dam closure in fish communities of a Neotropical River. In: Ecology Of Freshwater Fish. 27, 1, 408-420.
Other Papers (7)
Monaghan K.A., Peck M.R., Brewin P.A., Masiero M., Zarate E., Turcotte P., Ormerod S.J. (2000) Macroinvertebrate distribution in Ecuadorian hill streams: the effects of altitude and land use. In: Arch Hydrobiol. 149, 3, 421-440.
Monaghan K.A., Milner A.M. (2008) Salmon carcasses as a marine derived resource for benthic macroinvertebrates in a developing post-glacial stream, Alaska. In: Canadian Journal Of Fisheries And Aquatic Sciences. 65, 7, 1342-1351.
Monaghan K.A., Milner A.M. (2008) Salmon carcass retention in recently formed stream habitat. In: Fundamental And Applied Limnology. 170, 4, 281-289.
Milner A.M., Robertson A., Monaghan K.A., Veal A.J., Flory E.A. (2008) Colonization and development of a stream community over 26 years; Wolf Point Creek in Glacier Bay, Alaska. In: Frontiers In Ecology And The Environment. 6, 8, 413-419.
Monaghan K.A., Milner A.M. (2008) Dispersal mechanisms of macroinvertebrates colonizing salmon flesh in a developing Alaskan stream. In: Acta Oecologica. 34, 65-73.
Monaghan K.A., Milner A.M. (2009) The effect of anadromous salmon redd construction on macroinvertebrate communities in a recently formed stream in coastal Alaska. In: Journal Of The North American Benthological Society. 28, 1, 153-166.
Monaghan K.A., Machado A.L., Wrona F.J. Soares A.M.V.M (2016) The impact of wildfire on stream fishes in an Altantic Mediterranean climate: evidence from an 18-year chronosequence. In: 417, 28,
Books (1)
Amorim J.H. , Keizer J.J., Miranda A.I., Monaghan K. (2011) Forest fires research: beyond burnt area statistics. In: Aveiro. Universidade de Aveiro / CESAM. 1, 978-972-789-345-4.
Book Chapter (2)
Miranda A.I., Coelho C.O.A, Carvalho A., Alves C., ., , ., , , , Nunes J.P., Monaghan, K.A,, Machado, A.L., Vicente A, Miranda A.I., Keizer J.J., Borrego C., Keizer J.J., Nunes T., Nunes J.P., Coelho C.A., Soares, A.M, Borrego C., Amorim J.H., Maia, P.A., Rial M.E.R., Gonçalves C., Martins V., Keizer, J.J., Fernandes P., Varela M.E.T., Martins H., Cascão P., Monteiro C., Abrantes, N.J., Faria S.R., Sá E., Vidal, T., Caseiro A., Ferreira R.S.V., Mirante F., Carvalho A., Gonçalves, F., Maia P.A.A., Antunes, S.C., Evtyugina M., Valente J., Malvar M.C., Pio C., Prats S.A., Curado, B., Valente S., Castro, B., Brito, D., Vasques A.R.P.F., Domingues, I., Vieira D.C.S. (2011) Forest fires research: beyond burnt area statistics. In: Aveiro. Universidade de Aveiro / CESAM. 1, 978-972-789-345-4.
Monaghan KA, Machado AL, Soares AM, Maia PA, Keizer JJ, Abrantes NJ, Vidal T, Gonçalves F, Antunes SC, Curado N, Castro BB, Brito D, Domingues I (2011) Forest fires research: beyond burnt area statistics. In: Aveiro. 978-972-789-345-4.
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Communications (9)
Machado A.L., Soares A. & Monaghan K.A (-) The Response of Macroinvertebrate Communities Structure and Trait Composition to Wildfire in Upland Portuguese Streams. In:
Monaghan KA Four reasons to question the accuracy of a biotic index. In:
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M Revisiting Taylor's Power Law for aquatic macroinverbebrates. In:
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M Calling the odds in the gamble of bioassessment: the importance of quantifying taxonomic sufficiency. In:
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M Building macroinvertebrate biotic indices from trait descriptions, an example for organic pollution. In:
Monaghan K.A., Machado A.L., Soares A.M.V.M Species traits and habitat structure mediate the effects of wildfire in Atlantic-Mediterranean upland streams. In:
Monaghan K.A., Soares A.M.V.M Performing old tricks with new tools: building biotic indices for river assessment from macroinvertebrate trait descriptions. In:
Monaghan K.A., Machado A.L., Soares A.M.V.M The effects of wildfire on fish communities in upland Mediterranean streams, Portugal . In:
Joana Neves, Amadeu M. V. M. Soares, Kieran Monaghan (2015) Macroinvertebrates body size patterns: a simple tool for freshwater bioassessment?. In:
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