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Neil Coughlan



2016 – Present: Prevention, Control and Eradication of Invasive Alien Species, Queen’s University Belfast.

2014 - 2016: M.Sc. (Research) Ecology, University College Cork.

2009 - 2013: B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology, University College Cork.



Globally, Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered a major threat to native biodiversity and the environment. Additionally, many IAS have been linked to negative economic, social and health (animal, plant and human) impacts. Equally, once established, IAS are often extremely difficult to control and/or eradicate.


Currently, my primary research focus is to develop novel biosecurity techniques to aid spread prevention, control, and eradication of a variety freshwater IAS, such as the Asian clam Corbicula fluminea. Beyond this, my main research interests include aquatic and invasion ecology, various aspects of waterbird ecology, and wildlife hazard management.



Selected Publications:


Coughlan N.E., Stevens A.L., Kelly T.C., Dick J.T.A. & Marcel A.K. Jansen M.A.K. (2017). Zoochorous dispersal of freshwater bivalves; an overlooked vector in biological invasions? Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems. In press.


Coughlan N.E., Kelly T.C., Davenport J. & Jansen M.A.K. (2017). Up, up and away: bird-mediated ectozoochorous dispersal between aquatic environments. Freshwater Biology, 62: 631–648.


Coughlan N.E., Kelly T.C. & Jansen M.A.K. (2017). “Step by step”: high frequency short-distance epizoochorous dispersal of aquatic macrophytes. Biological Invasions, 19: 625–634.


Piria M., … Dick J.T.A., … Lucey F.E., … Coughlan N.E., Davis E., … & Caffrey J.M. (2017) Tackling Invasive Alien Species in Europe II: Threats and Opportunities until 2020. Management of Biological Invasions, 8: 273–286.


Caffrey J., Dick J., Lucy F., … & Coughlan N. (2016). First record of the Asian clam Corbicula fluminea (Müller, 1774) (Bivalvia, Cyrenidae) in Northern Ireland. BioInvasions Records, 5: 239–244.


Kelly T.C., Coughlan N.E., Dillane, E. Noel Jennings N. & O’Callaghan M.J.A. (2016). First record of Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus scotica killed by aircraft in Ireland and Britain. Irish Birds, 10: 440–442.


Coughlan N.E., Kelly T.C. & Jansen M.A.K. (2015). Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos)-mediated dispersal of Lemnaceae: a contributing factor in the spread of invasive Lemna minuta? Plant Biology 17 (Suppl. 1): 412, 108–114.


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Room: Queen's University Marine Laboratory, Portaferry. 

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Queen's University Marine Laboratory (QML)
12-13 The Strand, Portaferry
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 1PF
Phone: +44 (0)28 427 28230

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