Zoology - Structured
All PhD students in the College of Science will enroll in a Structured PhD.
Research in the Zoology Department is mainly concentrated in the following broad areas: evolutionary biology, including the evolution of animal development; ecological parasitology; aquaculture and fisheries management; ecology, behaviour, and conservation of a variety of animal groups, including: inshore marine and freshwater fish; mammals and birds, especially squirrels, bats, and game birds; centipedes (both coastal and inland species); introduced aquatic organisms (such as zebra mussels).
To be eligible to enter on a programme of study and research for the degree of PhD you must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of your fitness.
Structured PhD, 4 years full-time.
Areas of interest
Extreme marine environments - Dr Louise Allcock
Dr Allcock works on Extreme marine environments, Antarctica and the deep sea. She is interested particularly in the benthic fauna of submarine canyon systems and is fascinated by cephalopods, especially their evolution.
Jellyfish and other gelatinous zooplankton - Dr Tom Doyle
Dr Doyle uses biotelemetry to document the movement of jellies in the ocean, and also applies these tracking techniques to blue sharks, sea bass, and other ocean predators.
Venom systems in terrestrial arthropods - Dr Michel Dugon
Dr Dugon is interested in the evolution, development and ultrastructure of venom systems in terrestrial arthropods, particularly centipedes and arachnids.
Benthic ecology - Dr Bob Kennedy
Dr Kennedy is a benthic ecologist researching how macrofaunal community structure and behaviour are linked to bioturbation in soft sediments. He uses sediment profile imagery (SPI) to study these processes in situ.
Ecology of invasive species - Dr Colin Lawton
Dr Lawton is a mammal ecologist particularly interested in the ecology of invasive species such as the grey squirrel and the conservation of native species such as the endemic Irish stoat.
Evolution of marine sponges - Dr Grace McCormack
Dr McCormack is an evolutionary biologist currently focusing on the evolution of marine sponges. She is also interested in the causes and spread of diseases including HIV in humans, pathogens and parasites in bees and the adaptive evolution of honeybees.
Freshwater and diadromous fish in Ireland - Dr Kieran McCarthy
Dr McCarthy's research focuses on migratory behaviour and conservation.
Sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and community ecology - Dr Anne Marie Power
Dr Power is interested in sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, community ecology and impacts of climate change, and in marine natural products - particularly the potential of barnacles to yield wet-setting glue for medical purposes.