• The black footed ferret
    3 Feb 2016 • Perspectives

    Evading Extinction

    It’s a sombre statistic: year on year, we lose up to 100,000 species. That’s somewhere between 0.01 and 0.1 percent of all species on the planet (we don’t know the exact rate because we don’t know exactly how many species exist; it could be 2 million or 100 million). The rate is thought to be at least 1000 times what it would be in the absence of the deforestation, poaching and pollution we are responsible for.   But despite this gloomy outlook, prospects are improving for some species that have narrowly escaped extinction. That’s partly thanks to ongoing [&hellip

  • Row of light bulbs
    27 Nov 2015 • News, Reviews

    Blog Roll #1

    Interested in keeping up with developments in the world of Ecology and Evolution? Well then, you’ve come to the right place!   Welcome to BlogRoll, EcoEvo’s fortnightly news and views roundup. Every two weeks, we will present a collections of some of the stories and papers that have caught our eye.   In parasitology, a study which was published in Science has found that women infected with the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides over their lifetime gave birth to two extra children on average, suggesting the worm altered the immune system in such a way as to make it easier to have [&hellip

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    19 Nov 2015 • Perspectives

    3 years as a PhD student

    I arrived in Ireland October 2012 with the purpose of undertaking a PhD supervised by Natalie Cooper on Primates evolution. Looking back, the start of the whole endeavour seemed really stressful to me (new country, new customs, new language) and the project just as frightening (what do I do?, where do I start?, will I be able to do it?)… What happened after was way below my expectations: these three years were anything but stressful and frightening! OK, even though not everything went smoothly and it had to take the best of the personalities (that are thankfully common sights in Trinity [&hellip

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    The world economy in a cube

      In 1884, the English theologian and pedagogue Edwin A. Abbott wrote a romance called “Flatland”, in which he described a two dimensional world. The rigid and hierarchically organized society of Flatland develops in the large plane in which it lives, and flat authorities control that no flat citizen (the inhabitants are all flat geometric figures) escapes from the two-dimension reality. The book is a social satire as well as an exploration of the concept of multiple dimensions. Furthermore, it can also be viewed as a critic of narrow worldviews stubbornly based on old paradigms.   The [&hellip

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    10 Nov 2015 • Research

    Swan wrangling in the Pale

    For those of us with an interest in the natural world, Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) are a staple of urban wildlife in Dublin, present in many parks and along both canals. However, it has been 25 years since there has been any real assessment of the state of the Mute Swan population in the Dublin region (1). This has been a period of immense change in the urban landscape. Mute Swan © Graham Prole   This summer, the Irish Midlands Ringing Group (IMRG) started a monitoring project to assess the state of the Mute Swan population in [&hellip

  • William C. Campbell receiving an Honorary Degree in Trinity College Dublin on 29 June 2012.
    4 Nov 2015 • News, Research

    A Nobel Pursuit

    Splitting the atom, unlocking the secrets of radiation, or even leading a peaceful civil rights movement. I grew up knowing that these were the sorts of achievements that earn you a gold medal and an invitation to Sweden in mid-December. I have since learned that the annual ceremony held in honour of Alfred Nobel hasn’t always been awarded to the most deserving candidate, and that sometimes the winners simply stumbled upon a discovery that changed the world. This was not the case with the 2015 Nobel prize for Physiology and Medicine.   Scientists rarely aim for such [&hellip

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    20 Oct 2015 • Perspectives • 1 Comment


    #AnyoneCanCutGrass? That was a recent hashtag in my Twitter timeline and it stirred me on to put this short piece together, so why would it cause me a thought? Well I’m a turfgrass professional, I have been maintaining amenity turfgrass and managing golf course surfaces for 30 years now and like most professions there’s more to it than meets the untrained eye. As I’m writing this the Premiership and Champions League have just re-started, the Curragh races are on down the road, Wimbledon and the RDS Horseshow are over, and the GAA football and hurling are reaching [&hellip

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    19 Oct 2015 • Perspectives

    Money Walks and Talks in Academia

    As junior academics spend longer in their career, sooner or later, they start to realize that money matters more than anything when it comes to dealing with University Administration. Some will have this formalized in their tenure track agreement, but others will more blindly wander into it as promotion looms, and ask they get involved in developing plans for new hires in their department. Being wiser to this reality earlier on in my career might have helped me make different decisions along the way, or at the very least temper my idealism with a more natural cynicism. [&hellip

  • One_Made_it
    7 Oct 2015 • News

    Back to School.

    Welcome back everyone. As the dusts settles on a hectic first couple of weeks, we finally have a chance to welcome everyone back from the much needed summer break (for those who got one). We started this week with the exciting news that an alumnus of TCD Zoology, Dr William (Bill) Campbell has been awarded the Nobel prize for physiology and medicine with Satoshi Omura “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites”. Dr Campbell joins Dr Ernest Walton and Samuel Beckett as graduates of Trinity College Dublin to win the award. Obviously, exciting [&hellip

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    11 Sep 2015 • News

    Discover Life – Friday 25th September 2015

    On Friday September 25, the School of Natural Sciences and Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research will present Discover Life! in the Zoology and Botany buildings at Trinity College Dublin. Come and see how researchers are trying to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems and get a highlight of a large variety of internationally recognized research projects! In the Botany Department ask us about how we are trying to fight biodiversity loss, search for new species and reduce future world hunger. Check out what bees and pond beasties look like up close; find out what happens [&hellip