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Meet the 2017 Science for All Finalists - Darren Reidy
Darren Reidy, School of BEES
Swimming with the Enemy; Getting to Know the Aliens in Our Rivers & Lakes
Born and raised in Listowel, Kerry, with a love for the lakes and mountains, I had a huge desire to understand how the natural world worked. It was these early interests that led me to becoming an ecologist. I am currently completing the final year of my PhD in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
My research interests are in the fields of conservation biology, invasion ecology and habitat management. My current research focuses on aspects of the ecology and ecophysiology of aquatic invasive plant species in Ireland, with the aim to elucidate potential management strategies for combatting alien species invasions.
I hold a BSc. (Hons) in Ecology and a MSc. in Ecological Assessment from UCC, graduating in 2009 and 2011, respectively. I am passionate about environmental conservation, sustainable development, community engagement and science communication.
I firmly believe that scientific research will only achieve its full potential if communicated to the correct audience in the correct manner. By doing this, as scientists, we can affect change, inform social behaviour and guide policy. Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked for a number of years as an Education Officer in Killarney National Park and as a Science/Nature Broadcaster with Radio Kerry.
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