Donal Mullan


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Employment & Qualifications

2019 -      : Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Queen's University Belfast

2014-2019: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Queen's University Belfast

2012-2014: Lecturer in Geography & Environmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

2008-2012: Ph.D. Climate Impacts Modelling, Queen's University Belfast

2007-2008: M.Sc. Climate Change, University of East Anglia

2004-2007: B.Sc. Geography, Queen's University Belfast


Research Interests

Regional Climate Scenario Development; Climate Impacts; Soil Erosion & Muddy Flooding; Resilience of Environmental Management Strategies to Climate Change


Research Statement

My research focuses on the development of regional and site-specific future climate change scenarios using statistical downscaling techniques, and their application to a wide range of environmental and socio-economic impact sectors.

My specialist impact sector is soil erosion and muddy flooding from agricultural land, with primary concern for changes in the off-site transport of sediment and nutrients into the neighbouring natural and built environment.

More recently I have begun applying climate change scenarios to a range of new impact sectors, with current projects examining future climate threats to natural systems and northern infrastructure in arctic and sub-arctic regions.



Recent Funded Projects 

•2017-2018: £60,000 from NI Department for the Economy (Co-I)

  • Climate Change and Hidden Heritage: Lessons from Majuli (with Dr Satish Kumar, QUB; and others)

•2014: $23,000 CAD from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (Co-I)

  • Climate change and the viability of the world’s longest heavy haul ice road (with Graeme Swindles, Leeds; Tim Patterson, Carleton; and others)

• 2012-2013: £2,600 from British Society for Geomorphology (PI)

  • Climate change and muddy flooding in Flanders, Belgium (with Karel Vandaele, Samenwerking Land en Water; John Boardman and Dave Favis-Mortlock, Oxford)



GGY2057 International Fieldwork (Belgium) - Module Coordinator

GGY3073 Climate Change: Science, Scenarios and Impacts - Module coordinator

GGY1009 Processes and Principles of Physical Geography

GGY2058 Global Environmental Change

GGY2055 Geographical Research Skills

GGY3081 Dissertation


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Research Output

Climate impacts on soil erosion and muddy flooding at 1.5°C vs 2°C warming

Mullan, D., Matthews, T., Vandaele, K., Barr, I., Swindles, GT., Meneely, J., Boardman, J. & Murphy, C., 15 Jan 2019, In : Land Degradation and Development. 30, 1, p. 94-108 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    68 Downloads (Pure)

    Pathways for Ecological Change in Canadian High Arctic Wetlands Under Rapid Twentieth Century Warming

    Sim, T. G., Swindles, G. T., Morris, P. J., Galka, M., Mullan, D. & Galloway, J. M., 16 May 2019, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 46, 9, p. 4726-4737

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    119 Downloads (Pure)

    Widespread drying of European peatlands in recent centuries

    Swindles, G., Morris, P., Mullan, D., Payne, R., Roland, T., Amesbury, M., Lamentowicz, M., Turner, E., Gallego-Sala, A., Sim, T., Barr, I., Blaauw, M., Blundell, A., Chambers, F., Charman, D., Feurdean, A., Galloway, J., Galka, M., Green, S., Kajukalo, K. & 19 others, Karofeld, E., Korhola, A., Lamentowicz, L., Langdon, P., Marcisz, K., Mauquoy, D., Mazei, Y., McKeown, M., Mitchell, E., Novenko, E., Plunkett, G., Roe, H., Schoning, K., Sillasoo, Ü., Tsyganov, A., van der Linden, M., Vallranta, M., Warner, B. & Swindles, G., 21 Oct 2019, In : Nature Geoscience. 12, p. 922-928 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    A 305-year continuous monthly rainfall series for the island of Ireland (1711–2016)

    Murphy, C., Broderick, C., Burt, T., Curley, M., Duffy, C., Hall, J., Harrigan, S., Matthews, T., MacDonald, N., McCarthy, G., McCarthy, M., Mullan, D., Noone, S., Osborn, T., Ryan, C., Sweeney, J., Thorne, P., Walsh, S. & Wilby, R., 27 Mar 2018, In : Climate of the Past. 14, p. 413-440

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    201 Downloads (Pure)

    Correlations of modelled threshold melt temperatures and remotely sensed glacier variables

    Rosborough, N., Mullan, D. & Barr, I., 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


    Estyn Evans Dissertation Prize

    Mullan, Donal (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Sarah M. Holland Memorial Prize

    Mullan, Donal (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    UCAS Open Day

    Donal Mullan (Participant)

    06 Sep 201808 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Various GB Prospective Applicants

    Donal Mullan (Host)

    Jan 2018 → …

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

    Climate Change and Ice Road Truckers

    Donal Mullan (Invited speaker)

    11 Mar 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Downscaling future climate scenarios for impact assessment

    Donal Mullan (Keynote speaker)

    2017 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Preparing for your Viva

    Donal Mullan (Contributor)

    22 Feb 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course