I am a postdoctoral researcher at University College Cork, working on the Supporting Hen Harrier in Novel Environments (SHINE) project with Prof. John O’Halloran and Dr. Sandra Irwin. This project uses archival datasets on Hen Harrier breeding ecology in Ireland to investigate the relationship between Hen Harriers and forest management practises.
On January 1st 2019 I’ll be joining The University of South Wales as a Lecturer in Natural History.
My work is broadly focussed on conducting research that increases our understanding of species ecologies and informs conservation and management processes. I am interested in applying new technologies to conservation questions, and connecting people with science and nature.
PhD in conservation biology and invasion ecology, 2016
Queen's University Belfast
MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation, 2011
University of Leeds
BSc (Hons) in Zoology with Conservation, 2009
As a teacher I aim to provide my students with skills, knowledge and confidence critical to their academic and personal development. I take an inclusive approach, developing strong relationships and encouraging discussion.
2017 BL6024 Quantitative skills for biologists using R.
Quantitative skills required by postgraduate students to successfully conduct and publish their research, with a focus on data analysis and graphing, statistics, and basic modelling, as generally implemented by zoologists and ecologists.
University College Cork (2017-18)
- BL6024 Quantitative skills for biologists using R.
- Samantha Ball (PhD). Managing hares at Dublin airport. University College Cork.
- Alan McCarthy (MRes). Top-down and bottom-up factors affecting breeding Hen Harriers in Ireland. University College Cork.
- Alan McCarthy (PhD, 2019 - ). Wintering ecology of Hen Harriers in Ireland. University College Cork.
I am always interested in hearing from prospective students who are interested in joining the research group. I encourage women, queer, indigenous, and other minority group scholars to get in touch. I support flexible working hours and locations.
Contact me for information.
30/10/18 - Master’s (research) position
Study: Reproductive history and parasites of Irish hares at Dublin Airport
Start date: Autumn 2019 (prospective)
Supervisors: Dr. Fidelma Butler (University College Cork); Dr. Anthony Caravaggi (University of South Wales); Samantha Ball (University College Cork)
The Irish hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus) is a subspecies of mountain hare (L. timidus) that is endemic to the island of Ireland. A large number of hares are found at Dublin Airport, particularly on the enclosed land encompassing the airfield itself. The Master’s position will be part of a larger project, led by a PhD-level study, that aims to quantify population parameters and risk factors for the airport population and the Dublin Airport Authority. Studying the reproductive capacity and parasite burden of the hares will increase our understanding of population dynamics and relative health, increasing the interpretive strength of associated studies as well as mitigation methods.
Prospective students should note that the position is currently seeking funding, e.g. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships. Thus, we are soliciting expressions of interest, only. Once funding has been secured, the successful student will be supported by an experienced team with substantial research and supervisory experience.
We encourage applications from all minority group scholars.