My interests include herpetofauna ecology, behaviour and conservation as well as palaeobiology. I am a research assistant to Dr Maria McNamara, and I have also worked with Dr McNamara on an interdisciplinary research project: the effects of acidic environments (simulating a peat bog) on the integrity of different pollen species over time, with Dr Benjamin Gearey of UCC’s Department of Archaeology. I am currently researching the pigmentation in molluscs.
Apr 2016 – present: Research assistant to Dr Maria McNamara at the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.
Aug 2015 – Nov 2015: Presentation of research at the Joint Herpetological Scientific Meeting at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and at the International Society for Applied Ethology Regional Meeting at Teagasc, County Cork, Ireland.
Jun 2014 – Dec 2014: Zookeeper at Fota Wildlife Park, County Cork, Ireland.
Sep 2013 – Sep 2014: Surveyor with Bat Conservation Ireland and the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Jun 2012 – Jul 2012: Zookeeper at the National Reptile Zoo, County Kilkenny, Ireland.
Sep 2009 – Aug 2013: BSc (Hons) 1:1, Zoology, at the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork. BSc Thesis: “Aspects of the ecology of the common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (Jacquin, 1787) in County Cork”.
May 2007 – Dec 2015: Working at least 20 hours a week in various other jobs (with a break between August 2014 to September 2015).