BSc. Zoology (1st Class), 1973,
University of Manchester;
PhD. Studies on the ecology of two sympatric
species of Apodemus (Rodentia:Muridae), 1977,
University of Manchester.
Past Head of School of Biological Sciences (1995-2010) Director of Quercus.
Graduated University of Manchester BSc in Zoology 1973 and PhD 1977. Lecturer in Zoology, Queen’s University Belfast 1976, Reader 1991, Professor of Animal Ecology 1996. Elected Member of Royal Irish Academy 2005. Fellow Society for Biology 2010. Past Head of School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University (1995-2010). Established Quercus 2003-08,Director, Quercus Natural Heritage Research Partnership with NIEA, 2008-18. Teaching across BSc and MSc including biological diversity, ecology, disease, EIA. No current administrative responsibilities beyond teaching. Sabbatical 2013. Organizing International Mammalogical Congress, Queen’s Belfast August 2013.
Rodent population and community ecology including farmland rodents processes of invasion of vertebrates and invertebrates; impact of invasive species; community ecology of helminth parasites; ecology and human interactions with mammals especially Red fox and Irish hare role of wild mammals in disease transmission; phylogeography, community and population ecology of bats; upland ecology ecology of introduced invertebrate and vertebrate species ecology and behaviour of overwintering wildfowl; ecology of farmland seed eating birds, environmental impact assessment and biotope and community analyses in site monitoring and designation. Over 150 publications and reports including 135 in refereed journals, edited books and published symposia proceedings. Successful supervision of 46 PhD students. Grant income >£3.5M. Main current funding: Quercus £1.8M CIBR euro 0.7M. Current collaborations with UCD, Cardiff, Cornell. Current internal links with Prodohl (phylogeog), Provan (origins), Cameron (biofuel), Holland (bat navigation) Scantlebury/Marks (zoonoses, wildlife disease).
Over 150 publications and reports including more than 100 in refereed journals, edited books and published symposia proceedings. External research income is in excess of £2.5M. 37 postgraduate students (30 PhD and 2 MPhil completed) have been or are being supervised singly or jointly.