Hi, I’m Denise O’Meara. I am an Assistant Lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Ireland. I have experience of working on scientific outreach and education projects that aim to increase awareness of wildlife through the organisation of surveys and events. I am an experienced surveyor of the following species: pine marten, otters, stoats, squirrels, bats and small mammals. I use non-invasive survey techniques complimented with DNA verification of field evidence such as faeces and hair. My current research projects include genetic studies of hedgehogs and otters.
During my PhD project (completed at WIT), I developed and optimised a DNA toolbox that can be applied to hair-tube surveys of red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris). In 2008, I earned my honours degree in Applied Ecology from University College Cork. I have posted a list of my publications here.
I started this blog to write about ideas, current news and scientific papers that interest me from my own perspective in early 2013. The topics I write about include Ecology, Conservation Biology, Genetics and Wildlife. Some of my general interest articles have appeared in Ireland’s Wildlife, The Walton Magazine, Inshore Ireland and The Mammal Society.
If you want to contact me directly, you can get in touch here.