Aoibheann is an Ecologist and Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Natural Sciences,Trinity College Dublin. She has a specific interest in mammal ecology andconservation, but really, she loves anything related to nature – she describes going for a walk in the woods with her is a slow process! She loves looking for mammal tracks and signs, and taking photos of flowers and invertebrates. She studied Zoology in TCD, and her PhD research examined the impact on badgers of a major road improvement scheme along a section of the N11/M11 in Co. Wicklow, by GPS tracking their movements before, during and after the roadworks. This work allowed her to meet a lot of badgers in person!
More recently, she managed the Áras an Uachtaráin BiodiversityAudit, a year-long project, commissioned by President Michael D. Higgins, where she studied the habitats, plants, birds, mammals, insects and fungi present in the grounds, and made management recommendations for their future protection and enhancement. She is currently working in the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity & Sustainable Nature Based Solutions on Nature+Energy, a project which will focus on how onshore wind farms can support and enhance Ireland's biodiversity.