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Professor in Zoology, University College Cork

I have had a lifelong interest in the biology of birds and other organisms. My main interests have included: 1) nesting associations between unlikely species, 2) bird conservation, 3) seabird ecology, 4) predator-prey interactions, and 5) the role that personality and cognition play in the lives of animals.


Currently Professor in Zoology, University College Cork

Lecturer in Biology at Pembroke College, Oxford, 2006-2012

Lecturer in Behavioural Mechanisms, University of Oxford, 2006-2012

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford, 2001-2006

Research Officer, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, UK, 1990-1996

DPhil, University of Oxford, "The behavioral ecology of red-breasted geese and their nesting association with birds of prey", 1996-2000

MSc, Biological Computation, University of York, 1989-1990

BSc Zoology, University College Dublin, 1984-1988


  • 2015–present
    Professor, University College Cork
  • 2006–2011
    Lecturer, University of Oxford
  • 2001–2006
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford
  • 1990–1996
    Researcher, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust


  • 2001 
    University of Oxford, D.Phil.
  • 1991 
    University of York, MSc
  • 1986 
    University College Dublin, BSc Zoology