An EcoEvo Editorial


Hi there,

My name’s Sam Ross and I’ll be taking over as editor of the EcoEvo@TCD blog. I thought I should quickly introduce myself before we get the ball rolling and continue to share the cutting-edge ecology and evolution research going on at Trinity College Dublin.

Why Zoology at TCD?

In short, Twitter. I saw a tweet advertising a PhD position with Ian Donohue in the department of Zoology at Trinity. The title – “Global change and the stability of ecological systems” – seemed like a perfect match with my research interests, so I decided to apply. After a Skype meeting with Ian in September of last year, he agreed to take me on as a PhD student starting in September 2017. As promised, here I am nearly 2 months into my PhD, and so far, I’ve loved every minute of it! I’m really excited to develop our research ideas over the next 3-4 years and can’t wait to share them with anyone who will listen (or read).

A bit about my background

I’m originally from Nottingham in the U.K. but did my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Ecology and Environmental Biology at the University of Leeds. My Master’s research focused on the impacts of selective logging on birds in Malaysian Borneo – we developed a method to consider differences between individuals of the same species when measuring ‘functional diversity,’ a popular way of measuring biodiversity. You can read more about that work here. After my Master’s, I moved to Okinawa in Japan, where I worked as a research intern at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST for short) for six months. I worked with Evan Economo, mainly researching the natural forests of Okinawa using acoustic recording techniques. I’ll be writing more about this work very soon, so watch this space! I then returned to Leeds for a few months before starting my PhD here at Trinity.

What’s next for EcoEvo@TCD

We’re aiming to publish fairly frequent posts from across the School of Natural Sciences on a variety of topics; some based on Trinity research, and others more broadly related to academia and beyond. First up, we’re going to be updating our look a little, then people will be writing about their own research as papers are published. All blog posts will have a handy ‘about the author’ section so you can keep track of the people behind the great research going on at Trinity. We’ll also be thinking of more topics in due course. Most importantly, I’m really thrilled to take over as editor of EcoEvo@TCD, and can’t wait to see how things turn out!

Until next time,





About the Author

Sam Ross is a PhD student in Ian Donohue’s research group in the Department of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on the effects of global change on ecological stability. Find out more about his research here:

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