Dr Steve Hutton

Dr Steve Hutton


I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Rural Resources from Napier University/SAC, Edinburgh in 1996. I then completed an MSc in Ecology at University of Aberdeen in 1997. I moved to Ireland in 1998 and commenced my PhD research on the “Community Ecology of North Temperate Dung Beetles” at UCC. I was awarded my PhD in 2002.

Following my PhD I worked as a research assistant on various ecological projects in UCC (Rivfunction, Clare Island project, Biodepth, Bioforest), while I also acted as a field operator undertaking Small Stream Risk Scores (SSRS) in various river catchments throughout Ireland with the Aquatic Services Unit, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

I commenced a Post-Doctoral study in 2006 with the Western River Basin District/ESB International titled “Forests and Surface Water Eutrophication and Sedimentation”. The projects main goal was to develop a suitable Programme of Measures to achieve compliance with the Water Framework Directive for water quality. This led to a further study with the National Parks & Wildlife Service/Forest Service investigating the potential impacts of forest practices on the freshwater pearl mussel, Margaritifera margaritifera.

I then worked with the Shellfish Health research group in UCC, primarily as a research assistant on the EU FP7 funded “OYSTERECOVER” project.

I am currently working as a research assistant on an ERC Starting Grant project entitled “Alternative life histories: linking genes to phenotypes to demography” with Dr Thomas Reed.



Harrison, S.S.C., Hutton, S.A. et al. [the FORWATER Consortium] (2014) Contrasting Impacts of Conifer Forests on Brown Trout and Atlantic Salmon in Headwater Streams in Ireland. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 114B, 219–231.

Hladyz, S. et al. [the RIVFUNCTION Consortium] (2011) Stream ecosystem functioning in an agricultural landscape: the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages. Advances in Ecological Research, 44, 211–276.

Aquatic Services Unit (2009) Monitoring impacts of forest management on Freshwater Pearl Mussel sites 2008/2009 – Final report; 118pp. National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Hutton, S.A., Harrison, S.S.C. & O’Halloran, J. (2008) Forests and surface water eutrophication and sedimentation – Final report; 67pp. Western River Basin District.

Hutton, S.A., Harrison, S.S.C. & O’Halloran, J. (2007) An evaluation of the role of forests and forest practices in the eutrophication and sedimentation of receiving waters – Literature review; 73pp. Western River Basin District.

Woodward, G. et al. [the RIVFUNCTION Consortium] (2005) Eutrophication effects on stream ecosystem functioning in European streams – Final report; 155pp. EU.

Sleeman, D.P. & Hutton, S.A. (2005) The dung beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius, detected in diet of mink on Gola Island, Co. Donegal. Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 28, 136.

Hutton, S.A. & Giller, P.S. (2004) Intra- and interspecific aggregation of north temperate dung beetles on standardised and natural dung pads: the influence of spatial scale. Ecological Entomology, 29, 594–605.

Hutton, S.A. & Giller, P.S. (2003) The effects of the intensification of agriculture on northern temperate dung beetle communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 40, 994–1007.

Hutton, S.A. (2000) The implications of farm management on dung beetle communities – Final report; 35pp. Irish Heritage Council.


Name: Dr Stephen Hutton

Position: Research Assistant

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Email: s.hutton@ucc.ie

Aquaculture & Fisheries Development Centre

University College Cork, Cooperage Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork.