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Dr David Kelly

Research Fellow

Dr David Kelly

Member of the Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology Group and the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research

Research Interests

My research career began in behavioural ecology, and specifically with predator-prey co-evolution. Since then I have expanded my horizons to include; trophic ecology, biogeography, vision and olfaction studies. I am investigating olfactory and gustatory attractants for badgers as part of a project to develop an oral vaccine against bovine TB. The work is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Building on the research of Dr Frank Aldwell (University of Otago, New Zealand) and colleagues, I am investigating ways of making lipid baits (designed to carry the BCG vaccine) attractive to badgers. This project is working in conjunction with the Badger vaccine research project (Dr Leigh Corner, Dr Denise Murphy – UCD; Dr Eamonn Gormley, Eamon Costello - CVRL). If the work is successful, the findings will be incorporated in a national oral vaccine programme.


Recent/Selected Publications (» all publications)

Kelly, D.J., Corner, L. A. L., Gormley, E., Murphy, D., Costello, E., Aldwell, F. E. & Marples, N. M. , Evaluation of attractant flavours for use in oral vaccine baits for badgers (Meles meles), European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57, (4), 2011, p767 - 774 DOI

Kelly, D.J., Marples, N.M. & Singer, H. A. , A population of Lemon-bellied White-eye Zosterops chloris from the south-eastern peninsula of Sulawesi., Forktail, 26, 2010, p138 - 139 Alt. Url

Kelly D.J. and Marples N.M, Olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) in south eastern Sulawesi, BirdingASIA, 15, 2011, p15 - 16

Marples, N.M., Quinlan, M., Thomas, R.J. and Kelly, D.J., Deactivation of dietary wariness through experience of novel food., Behavioral Ecology , 18, 2007, p803 - 810 DOI

Marples, N.M., Kelly, D.J. & Thomas, R.J. (2005) Perspective: The evolution of warning coloration is not paradoxical. Evolution 59, 933-940. DOI

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