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Fully funded 2 year Masters by Research with potential to progress to PhD (subject to funding & progress)

Supervisors: Professor Yvonne Buckley (Trinity College Dublin), Dr. Evelyn Moorkens, Dr Brian Deegan (Irish Water)

Status of habitat suitable for restoration of the rare Geyer’s Whorl Snail (Vertigo geyeri) at Lough Talt in the Lough Hoe Bog Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

The minute whorl snail Vertigo geyeri is classified as Vulnerable (IUCN) in Ireland, is listed in Annex II of the Habitat’s Directive and is a qualifying interest for the Lough Hoe Bog SAC. The snail has not been found at the site since 2007 and compensatory measures for ongoing water usage from Lough Talt are needed to restore suitable habitat for the restoration of snail populations at the site. The student on this two-year Masters by Research project will work with a multidisciplinary team of ecologists, Malacologist, and ecohydrologist to determine the current status of the Lough Talt habitat to be rehabilitated, together with equivalent studies in current functional habitats where Vertigo geyeri is known, and where donor individuals for a conservation translocation may be sourced. Postgraduate fees, a stipend of €18,500 per year and research and travel costs are provided for two years.

The following selection criteria will be applied to applications.


  • Hold an undergraduate or taught Masters degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g. ecology, zoology, botany, conservation, environmental sciences) with at least a 2:1 grade (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated aptitude and motivation for independent research in ecology
  • Full driving license
  • Ability to undertake fieldwork in remote locations independently
  • Demonstrated aptitude for species identification and use of species identification keys


  • Experience in habitat assessment
  • Experience in Mollusc biology / identification
  • Experience in population biology, restoration, conservation, ecohydrology

The successful applicant will be invited to register for a Master in Science (Zoology) postgraduate research degree at Trinity College Dublin. While funding is initially in place for a two year Masters by research degree there may be an opportunity to extend this to a PhD subject to additional funding being available and satisfactory progress to Masters level.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and cv to Professor Yvonne Buckley ( by August 31 2021. The position will start in September 2021.

For a detailed description of the project click here (pdf 204kb).