Journal Articles

O’Meara DB, McDevitt AD, O’Neill D, Harrington AP, Turner P, Carr W, Desmond M, Lawton C, Marnell F, Rubalcava S, Sheehy E, Sleeman DP, Tosh DG, Waters C, O’Reilly C (2018) Retracing the history and planning the future of the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in Ireland using non-invasive genetics. Mammal Research. DOI : 10.1007/s13364-018-0353-5

O’Meara DB, Turner PD, Harrington A, Williamson K, McGuirk J, Sleeman DP (2014) Records of badgers (Meles meles) in the Comeragh Mountains, Co. Waterford. Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 33,141.

Sheehy E, O’Meara DB, O’Reilly C, Smart A, Lawton C (2014) A non-invasive approach to determining pine marten abundance and predation. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 60, 223-236.

O’Meara DB, Sheehy E, Turner PD, O’Mahony D, Harrington AP, Denman H, Lawton C, MacPherson J and O’Reilly C (2014). Non-invasive multispecies monitoring: Real-time PCR detection of squirrel and small mammal prey DNA in pine marten (Martes martes) scats. Acta Theriologica, 59, 111-117.

White S, O’Neill D, O’Meara DB, Shores C, Harrington AP, O’Reilly C, Weyman G and Sleeman DP (2013) A non-invasive genetic survey of otters (Lutra lutra) in an urban environment: a pilot study with citizen scientists. IUCN Otter Specialist Group Bulletin. 30/02.

O’Neill D, Turner PD, O’Meara DB, Chadwick E, Coffey L and O’Reilly C (2013). Development of novel real-time TaqMan PCR assays for the species and sex identification of otter (Lutra lutra) and their application to non-invasive genetic monitoring. Molecular Ecology Resources, 13: 877–883.

O’Meara DB, Turner PD, Coffey L, O’Reilly C (2012) TaqMan assays for species identification of the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) and the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Conservation Genetics Resources, 4, 603-604.

O’Meara DB, Edwards CJ, Sleeman DP, Cross TF, Statham MJ, Mcdowell JR, Dillane E, Coughlan JP, O’Leary D, O’Reilly C, Bradley, DG, Carlsson J  (2012) Genetic structure of Eurasian badgers Meles meles (Carnivora: Mustelidae) and the colonization history of Ireland. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 106, 893-909. Featured on RTE Radio One, the Irish Times and Ireland’s Wildlife.

Book Chapters

O’Meara DB and O’Reilly C (2016) Advances in mammal studies using genetic analysis. The Mammal Atlas of Ireland. Editors: Liam Lysaght and Ferdia Marnell.

PhD Thesis 

O’Meara DB (2014) The DNA Toolbox: Development and optimisation of molecular techniques to identify red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris). PhD Thesis, Waterford Institute of Technology.

General Writing 

O’Meara D (2018) Practical Application of Genetic Technology in Mammal Research. Theme: Genetic Techniques and Technologies. In Practice Magazine.

Harrington A and O’Meara D (2015) Waterford Squirrels: The Secrets Revealed. The Woodland Trust, Spring Edition.

O’Meara D (2015) Travel Writer, Oregon: “The steers are lively, and make the young cowboys earn their rodeo stars” The Irish Times.

The MISE Magazine: Fostering Community Involvement in Mammal Conservation (2015)

McDevitt A and O’Meara D (2014) Are Irish badgers a distinct subspecies? Ireland’s Wildlife.

O’Meara D and Harrington A (2014) The history of the red squirrel in Ireland. Ireland’s Wildlife.

O’Meara D (2013) New study provides insight into the history of the Killarney shadInshore Ireland. October/November issue, p.8.

Morris C, O’Reilly C, Turner P, Halliwell L, O’Meara DB and Sheerin E. (2013) A novel non-invasive method for detecting the harvest mouse (Micromys minutus). Mammal News – Autumn 

O’Meara DB (2013) Wildlife Detective. Walton Magazine, Issue 4. This article also appeared in Junior Scientist, Issue 1.

O’Meara DB, Turner PD, O’Neill D, Coffey L, Harrington A, O’Reilly C (2012) The genetic toolbox for squirrel surveys. Mammal News – Autumn.

Also see unpublished reports for the MISE Project


Radio Interviews

Mooney Goes Wild – Radio interview on RTE Radio related to badger research

Enviro Show – A chat with a panel about squirrels, pine marten, invasive species and biodiversity.