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ZooBytes is the weekly news digest from the Zoology discipline at Trinity College Dublin

20/04/17

Annabel Smith, David Kelly, Aoibheann Gaughran and Darren O'Connell attended  the BES Ecological Genetics SIG conference in Dublin's Botanic Gardens. 
Annabel Smith presented a poster.
Darren O'Connell gave a talk, winning the prize for best student talk. 

Paula Tierney was awarded the student prize for Best Biodiversity Presentation at the Eviron colloquium in Athlone IT for her presentation entitled 'Parasite-mediated impacts of an invasive fish on native brown trout'. As part of the prize, a short article on her research will be published in the Environmental Science Association of Ireland E-zine 'Environews', and on the ESAI website.

Rachel Byrne won best conference talk at the Association for the study of animal behaviour (ASAB) easter conference. The prize was a voucher to use on Cambridge University press and she was invited to write a small article on her conference experience for the ASAB newsletter and website.

15/03/17

Zoology alumnus Andrew Cooper and co-author Celia Holland have published a paper entitled "Helminths in organ transplantation" in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Ian Donohue, Andrew Jackson, Nessa O’Connor, Kevin Healy, Deirdre McClean and Qiang Yang have all been named recipients of the 2017 Innovations in Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America for their paper “Navigating the Complexity of Ecological Stability”, published in Ecology Letters last July. The paper argues that our grasp of ecological stability, and how we measure it, is one-dimensional. This has led to a remarkably poor understanding of the impacts on stability of the characteristics that define many, perhaps all, of the most important elements of global change. The authors will receive their award at the ESA annual meeting this August

Donohue, I., H. Hillebrand, J.M. Montoya, O.L. Petchey, S.L. Pimm, M.S. Fowler, K. Healy, A.L. Jackson, M. Lurgi, D. McClean, N.E. O’Connor, E.J. O’Gorman, and Q. Yang (2016), Navigating the complexity of ecological stability. Ecology Letters, 19: 1172–1185. doi:10.1111/ele.12648

17/02/2017

Just a reminder that the sixth annual Zoology-Botany Postgraduate Symposium will take place on Thursday the 2nd March in the Haughton Lecture Theatre, Museum Building. This one day event will feature talks by postgraduate students from the departments of Zoology and Botany, showcasing their current research. Key note speeches will be delivered by Dr James LaCourse of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Dr Zenobia Lewis of the University of Liverpool. All are welcome to attend."

Yvonne Buckley attended an sDIV research workshop in Leipzig, Germany where a small group of population biologists are working together to use existing databases of plant and animal population performance to predict performance under future climate conditions. There will be another workshop in June.

11/01/2017


Yvonne Buckley talks about holly, winter lethargy & climate change in the Irish Times, thanks to Dave Kelly for badger tips! http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/hibernation-torpor-and-holly-how-animals-survive-winter-1.2926453 
Yvonne Buckley has an invited news & views article in the 1st issue of the new journal Nature Ecology & Evolution out this week on the unpredictable effects of invasions http://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-016-0028 
Welcome to new academic staff member Nessa O’Connor who joins Zoology as Asst. Prof. in ecology. Nessa was previously an academic at Queens University Belfast and comes with a wealth of experience in ecosystem ecology and marine systems.
Welcome to Maude Baudraz who has joined Yvonne Buckley’s group as a Research Assistant. Maude previously studied at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and will be working on spatial ecology of Plantago lanceolata

15/12/16

Ian Donohue is co-author on a letter that has just been published in Science that aims to highlight the vulnerability of the African Great Lakes to ongoing oil exploration in the region. The lakes are among the most biologically rich on Earth, within which about 90% of species are endemic. However oil extraction is posing grave risk to the environment and local communities in the region.

Abila, R. et al. (2016) Oil extraction imperils Africa's Great LakesScience 354: 561-562.  

There was a great showing from TCD Zoology at the recent BES annual meeting in Liverpool with Yvonne Buckley, Jesus Villellas Arino, Kevin Healy, Alain Finn, Maureen Williams, Darren O'Connell & Ruth Kelly all presenting talks or posters at the meeting. It was a great opportunity to network with colleagues and academic heroes!

08/12/16

Nicola was invited this week to be on Newstalk Drivetime to provide the science slot on Weds 6.30. Most of the talk was about badgers and their exciting sex lives, but we also discussed fussy eating in birds and children. If you wish to listen to the conversation, please visit this site

Yvonne Buckley contributed to a review of the week’s science news on Newstalk’s FutureProof on Saturday talking about Kevin Healy & Andrew Jackson’s work on lifespan & time perception in animals, amaretti biscuits, CRISPR & sci fi.

Members of the Irish Ecological Association have produced a Virtual Issue of the BES journals on Ecology & Evolution in Ireland featuring several papers by staff in Zoology & Botany. The editorial is authored by Yvonne Buckley together with colleagues in UCC, QUB and UC, see here. Yvonne Buckley is on the organising committee of the 1st Ecology & Evolution Ireland conference taking place in Sligo IT on 24-26 November.

Congratulations to Professor Nicola Marples and Associate Professor Ian Donohue who were promoted by College. It’s great to see our colleagues in Zoology being recognised for their outstanding work.

Congratulations to Darren O’Connell who won the best 10 min student talk prize at the Ecology & Evolution Ireland conference.

Yvonne Buckley was on the organising cttee for the Irish Ecological Association’s first conference (Ecology & Evolution Ireland) in Sligo last week which was a great success with 140 attendees and over 45 talks & 38 posters. Yvonne Buckley was elected President of the Irish Ecological Association

Zoology alumnus Donal T. Manahan (Professor of Biological Sciences at The University of South California LA) will be visiting the department on Tuesday and will be around for morning tea at 11am.

15/11/16

Shaun Coutts (former postdoc) along with Rob Salguero-Gómez (former postdoc) and Anna Csergö (current MSC fellow) together with Yvonne Buckley have had a paper published in Ecology Letters. If you’ve ever wondered how far you can extrapolate plant population processes in phylogenic and geographic distance wonder no more (the answer is around 10 Million years & 20km at best). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12691/full

The research of the department was highlighted in outreach in two ways this week: the members magazine for the Mammal Society, Mammal News, featured an article on the breeding biology of badgers by Nicola Marples, presenting the badger group’s paper on superfetation. Also the Provost’s Annual Review 2015-16 contains two articles, one an overview by Nicola on her team’s research on foraging in birds, and one by their collaborator in Engineering on their interdisciplinary study of bird song analysis.  Hard copies of both magazines will be available in the coffee room.

Celia Holland was an invited speaker at the Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference in Washington, DC for
a session addressing the topic "Larval toxocariasis: reducing the prevalence of the most common human
helminth in the world".

Celia Holland was a co-author on a paper entitled "The role of more sensitive helminth diagnostics in mass drug administration campaigns: elimination and health impacts"
published in Advances in Parasitology here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Last updated 21 April 2017 by SHASSETT@tcd.ie.