About

I am an independent scientist, environmentalist and writer.

My primary university degree was in Chemistry, and my PhD in computational chemistry/polymer physics. However, in 2004, I shifted to environmentalism, and began working with my father, Dr. Michael Connolly, on developing sustainable methods of fish-farming, aquaponics and waste-water treatment. We also carried out research into developing low-cost heat exchanger systems and new energy efficient building materials and techniques.

In 2009, we began systematically investigating the challenging subject of climate change in detail. After five years of this research, we realised that we had gained a lot of important insights which would be of interest to the scientific community. We set up a website, OpenPeerReviewJournal.com, where we published all our results and findings as a series of eight scientific papers.

We also realised that our findings could be of interest to the general public, and so we also set up a separate website, Globalwarmingsolved.com, in which we summarised our findings in a less technical format. My mother, Dr. Imelda Connolly, also worked with us on it. We haven’t really updated this website since 2014, but most of the analysis there is still valid and relevant.

Since then, we have met and/or discussed our findings with hundreds of scientists around the world. We have sought and received useful feedback on our reseach, and this has led to several useful scientific collaborations. We have written up and published the results of several of these collaborations in peer-reviewed journals (see the “Peer-reviewed publications” section for more details).

In 2018, I began working full-time on my climate change and environmental research through a new international research group, the Center for Environmental Research and Earth Sciences (CERES-Science.com).

Currently, I am writing a book on “Bridging the political divide on climate change” (see the “Ongoing projects” section for more details). I am also continuing my scientific research through a number of collaborative projects with other researchers. We are writing and publishing our findings in peer-reviewed journals as time permits.

Ongoing projects

1. Book project: “Bridging the political divide on climate change”

I am writing a book on how and why climate change has become such a partisan politicised issue, and whether anything can be done to overcome these political divides. The working title of my book is, “Bridging the Political Divide on Climate Change”.

The theme of the book is trying to understand why the debate over whether recent climate change is mostly human-caused vs. mostly natural has become a left/right political issue. Are we doomed to become increasingly partisan on this nominally scientific problem – with each side becoming more convinced that the opposing side are irrational and “anti-science”? Click here for a pdf elaborating on the significance of this partisan divide.

2. Ongoing scientific research

  • Global temperature datasets. Including temperature data homogenization; evaluating and correcting for non-climatic biases
  • Using weather balloon data to study atmospheric behaviour
  • Relationships between human-caused emissions and atmospheric concentrations of trace gases
  • Sustainable aquaculture and water purification systems
  • Why is climate change a partisan issue?
  • Evaluating greenhouse gas emission scenarios
  • Assessing environmental impacts of renewable energy systems

Other websites and social media

Older websites (these haven’t been updated much since 2014)

  • OpenPeerReviewJournal.com – This was a website where my father, Dr. Michael Connolly, and I uploaded eight scientific papers describing the results of our research into climate change from 2009 until 2014. As the papers were quite long and technical, and covered many different fields of expertise, we decided to put all of this research online for open peer review.
  • Globalwarmingsolved.com – This was a less technical blog summarising our early climate change research in a more accessible format for the general public.

Academic qualifications

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry with minor in Mathematics (University College Dublin, 2000)
  • Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry (University College Dublin, 2003)

Experience

  • 2018-present: Center for Environmental Research and Earth Sciences (CERES-science.com)
  • 2009-present (with my father, Dr. Michael Connolly): Independent research into climate change
  • 2004-2018 (with my father, Dr. Michael Connolly): Environmental research into developing sustainable methods of aquaculture, wastewater treatment and heat exchangers

Peer-reviewed publications

Climate science and environmental science

  1. W.W-H. Soon, Ronan Connolly, M. Connolly, P. O’Neill, J. Zheng, Q. Ge, Z. Hao and H. Yan (2019). Reply to Li & Yang’s comments on “Comparing the current and early 20th century warm periods in China. Earth-Science Reviews”, in press. Link to journal page. (paywalled). Link to pre-print.
  2. Ronan Connolly, M. Connolly, W. Soon, D.R. Legates, R.G. Cionco and V. M. Velasco Herrera (2019). Northern hemisphere snow-cover trends (1967-2018): A comparison between climate models and observations. Geosciences, 9(3), 135. Link to journal page (Open access).
  3. W.W-H. Soon, Ronan Connolly, M. Connolly, P. O’Neill, J. Zheng, Q. Ge, Z. Hao and H. Yan (2018). Comparing the current and early 20th century warm periods in China. Earth-Science Reviews, 185, 80-101. Link to journal page (paywalled). Link to pre-print.
  4. Ronan Connolly, M. Connolly and W. Soon (2017). Re-calibration of Arctic sea ice extent datasets using Arctic surface air temperature records. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 62, 1317-1340. Link to journal page (Free access awarded to this article by the journal).
  5. W. Soon, Ronan Connolly and M. Connolly (2015). Re-evaluating the role of solar variability on Northern Hemisphere temperature trends since the 19th century. Earth-Science Reviews, 150, 409-452. Link to journal page (paywalled). Link to pre-print.

Polymer physics

  1. Ronan Connolly, G. Bellesia, E.G. Timoshenko, Yu.A. Kuznetsov, S. Elli and F. Ganazzoli (2005). “Intrinsic” and “topological” stiffness in branched polymers. Macromolecules, 38, 5288-5299. Link to journal page (paywalled).
  2. S. Elli, F. Ganazzoli, E.G. Timoshenko, Yu.A. Kuznetsov and Ronan Connolly (2004). Size and persistence length of molecular bottle-brushes by Monte Carlo simulations. Journal of Chemical Physics, 120, 6257. Link to journal page (paywalled).
  3. Ronan Connolly, E.G. Timoshenko and Yu.A. Kuznetsov (2004). Monte Carlo simulations of amphiphilic co-dendrimers in dilute solution. Macromolecules, 37, 7381-7392. Link to journal page (paywalled).
  4. Ronan Connolly, E.G. Timoshenko and Yu.A. Kuznetsov (2003). Monte Carlo simulations of infinitely dilute solutions of amphiphilic deblock star copolymers. Journal of Chemical Physics, 119, 8736. Link to journal page (paywalled)
  5. E.G. Timoshenko, Yu.A. Kuznetsov and Ronan Connolly (2002). Confirmations of dendrimers in dilute solution. Journal of Chemical Physics, 117, 9050. Link to journal page (paywalled).

Non peer-reviewed publications

  • M. Connolly, Ronan Connolly, W. Soon, P. Moore and I. Connolly (2018). Analysis of Greenpeace’s business model & philosophy: Greenpeace wants a piece of your green. Link to pdf.
  • Ronan Connolly, M. Connolly, I. Connolly and W. Soon (2017). Some key climate infographics. Prepared for the Heartland’s 12th International Conference on Climate Change, March 23-24, 2017, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Link to pdf.
  • M. Connolly and Ronan Connolly (2017). Scientific opinions on climate change. Irish Farmers Journal, 17 June 2017, p30-31 (Paywalled). Link to unedited version.
  • M. Connolly, Ronan Connolly and I. Connolly (2014). Yellow River wind farm: Assessment of Environmental Impact Statement. Link to pdf.

In 2014, my father (Dr. Michael Connolly) and I published 8 articles on a website we set up called Open Peer Review Journal. The website is a new approach to open peer review where anybody can register and provide review comments on a given article. Articles are “living” and can be updated by the authors as new comments are made.

  • Ronan Connolly and M. Connolly (2014). Urbanization bias III. Estimating the extent of bias in the Historical Climatology Network datasets. Open Peer Review Journal, 34 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 0.1 (non peer reviewed draft) http://oprj.net/articles/climate-science/34. Link to pdf.
  • Ronan Connolly and M. Connolly (2014). Urbanization bias II. An assessment of the NASA GISS urbanization adjustment method. Open Peer Review Journal, 31 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 0.1 (non peer reviewed draft) http://oprj.net/articles/climate-science/31. Link to pdf.
  • Ronan Connolly and M. Connolly (2014). Urbanization bias I. Is it a negligible problem for global temperature estimates? Open Peer Review Journal, 28 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 0.2 (non peer reviewed draft) http://oprj.net/articles/climate-science/28. Link to pdf.
  • M. Connolly and Ronan Connolly (2014). The physics of the Earth’s atmosphere III. Pervective power. Open Peer Review Journal, 25 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 0.1 (non peer reviewed draft) http://oprj.net/articles/climate-science/25. Link to pdf.
  • M. Connolly and Ronan Connolly (2014). The physics of the Earth’s atmosphere II. Multimerization of atmospheric gases above the troposphere. Open Peer Review Journal, 22 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 0.1 (non peer reviewed draft) http://oprj.net/articles/climate-science/22. Link to pdf.
  • M. Connolly and Ronan Connolly (2014). The physics of the Earth’s atmosphere I. Phase change associated with tropopause. Open Peer Review Journal, 19 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 0.1 (non peer reviewed draft) http://oprj.net/articles/climate-science/19. Link to pdf.
  • Ronan Connolly and M. Connolly (2014). Global temperature changes of the last millennium. Open Peer Review Journal, 16 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 1.0 http://oprj.net/articles/climate-science/16. Link to pdf.
  • Ronan Connolly and M. Connolly (2014). Has poor station quality biased U.S. temperature trend estimates? Open Peer Review Journal, 11 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 0.1 (non peer reviewed draft). http://oprj.net/articles/climate-science/11. Link to pdf.

Presentations and interviews

“Fire and Ice: What do we know about snow and ice trends around the world?”. A presentation at the Natural Variability and Tolerance conference in Oslo, Norway, October 18-19, 2019.

Paddy Holohan’s No Shame Podcast. October 10, 2019

“Balloons in the Air: Understanding weather and climate”. A presentation at Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Meeting, July 20-21, 2019, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.

Interviews with Michelle Stirling (Friends of Science), July 21, 2019. URL.

May 30, 2019. Interview with James Delingpole, part 1.

May 30, 2019. Interview with James Delingpole, part 2.

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