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Dr David Kelly

Research Fellow

Dr David Kelly




Address : Zoology Building, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Irelan.


Fax : + 353 1 6778094

Member of : 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 branched out into a number of other areas, including; trophic ecology, evolution and biogeography studies. I am currently investigating uptake rates of candidate oral vaccine baits (for TB) by badgers. The work is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.


Recent Publications (» all publications)


Mullen, E. M., MacWhite, T., Maher, P. K., Kelly, D. J., Marples, N. M. and Good, M. (2015) The avoidance of farmyards by European badgers Meles meles in a medium density population. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 171: 170–176. doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.08.021 0168-1591

Corner, L. A. L., Stuart, L. J., Kelly, D. J. and Marples, N. M. (2015) Reproductive biology including evidence for superfetation in the European badger Meles meles (Carnivora: Mustelidae). PLoS ONE 10(10): e0138093. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138093

Mullen, E. M., MacWhite, T., Maher, P. K., Kelly, D. J., Marples, N. M. and Good, M. (2013) Foraging Eurasian badgers Meles meles and the presence of cattle in pastures. Do badgers avoid cattle? Applied Animal Behaviour Science 143: 130-137. doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2013.01.013

Kelly, D. J., Robertson, A., Murphy, D., Fitzsimons, T., Costello, E., Gormley, E., Corner, L. A. L., Marples, N. M. (2012) Trophic enrichment factors for blood serum in the European badger (Meles meles). PLoS ONE 7: e53071. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.005307

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

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