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Past students - MSc./PgDip. in Biodiversity and Conservation

Our programme is highly valued by our students who, upon completion of the MSc, have gone to work in consultancies, public organisations and NGOs in the area of biodiversity and conservation. Some students have become ecology guides, heritage officers and experts in peatland conservation; others have pursued PhDs both in Ireland and abroad (e.g. New Zealand, United States).

If you want to get in touch with past MSc Biodiversity and Conservation students access the following Facebook account.

class of 2010-11

Past Students Feedback

"Coming to Trinity from the USA, I've been impressed by the potential for international study and research that extends beyond Ireland. You can do coursework and/or field research at nearly any location worldwide. In the time I've been in Trinity College as a MSc Biodiversity and Conservation student and as a postgrad in the School of Natural Sciences, I've had opportunities to Kenya, Uganda, France, Italy, and Spain. The international collaborations that staff within the School have provide an important global context to the research that is conducted here. Opportunities to be a part of research projects that contribute to solving the world's 'grand challenges' are everywhere."  Eileen Diskin 2007/2008.

"I was a student on TCD's MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation in its inaugural year in 2007/8.  I found the course excellent overall, with high quality teaching and a motivated, friendly class.  The field trip - which was to Kenya that year - was a particular highlight. I went on to do a PhD on a nature conservation topic at TCD, and I will soon be starting a full-time position as An Taisce's natural environment officer. Many of my classmates from the MSc have similarly gone on to work in the nature conservation/biodiversity field." Andrew Jackson 2007/2008.

Dana Miller, graduate 2007-8"Participation in thi MSc course allowed me to learn in-depth knowledge on different topics within the field of conservation science, become aware of various post-graduate employment options and develop skills applicable to these career paths. Certain modules within this course were inspiring and motivational; others were highly practical, preparing students for continuing post-graduate studies or work in the NGO, private or public sector. Following my graduation, I completed a PhD at University College Dublin on the topic of seafood sustainability, then worked briefly with WWF-Australia on their sustainable seafood campaign. I am now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre in Canada, engaged in research relating to IUU fishing on the high seas and international maritime policy. I would highly recommend this course to any individual that is interested in pursuing a career in conservation science". Dana Miller 2007/2008

“The MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation was one of the best steps that I feel I could have taken in my college career [...].The overseas field trip to South Africa was a particularly life-changing experience, and gave a unique opportunity to visit an amazing country. What I liked in particular [...] was the amount that we learned and were encouraged to think about while we were there. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who’s interested in doing a taught Masters. The teaching quality was great, we got to see a lot of interesting places, and I met so many amazing people". Eilis Whelan 2011/2012.

"[The course allowed] important practical skills to be learned, by going on a number of field visits as well as by using computer-based programmes such as R for statistical analysis and ArcMap for GIS analysis. . Lecturers were always approachable and open to discussion. The two-week residential field trip to South Africa in particular served as an invaluable experience, bringing together many of the topics and material covered throughout the year and allowing them to be seen in practice. Throughout, the course has contributed to increasing my capacity to research literature and write scientific papers as well as improving my ability to work as part of a group and my presentation skills. Overall, I am certain that these skills and the experience gained will help my in any future career area.” Sean Kelly 2011/2012.

"The School of Natural Sciences was very social, and module coordinators proved friendly and approachable throughout the year. Through lectures, field studies and a number of seminar series running throughout the year there was a high level of exposure to external speakers and experts who came to speak about local and national conservation issues and projects. My class was made up of international and Irish students from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, and this diversity gave me a chance to develop a more holistic view to module topics discussed in class and over coffee in the school’s kitchen. Other important aspects of the course included field studies and practical skills development. Various methods to survey species and capture field data were employed in a diverse range of habitat types (i.e. from Irish raised bogs to South African grasslands!)." Louise Duignan 2012/2013.

"The Biodiversity and Conservation Master program at Trinity is a brilliant and very exciting course. The modules were well organised and structured. Initially, we read a lot papers which is essential for any scientific research, then we studied the basic concepts of conservation and biodiversity and, finally, we learnt practical skills and computer programs and how to apply them in practice. The lecturers were great and friendly, and the whole staff at TCD was very helpful. During the program we had the opportunity to improve many of our skills such as report writing, literature review, public presentation, group work and field work. For the desk study and the research project we learnt about time management, individual work and other aspects of scientific research. Of course, the field trip to South Africa was the best part of the program, where we faced serious conservation issues and explored the amazing diversity of African plants and animals with some excellent local guides. I would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in conservation." Nikoletta Daranyi 2013/2014

The annual ‘South African jump for conservation’ – class of 2011-12


Past Students Research Topics

The following list presents the research undertaken by the 2012/2013 MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation class. Note that the range of topics covered through both the desk study and the individual research project work, as well as their scope and nature varies year to year, and can be adjusted to suit the interest of individuals.

Research Project Titles 2013/2014
Mapping Woodland Connectivity in Ireland via Least Cost Analyses
A Survey of Merlin in the Wicklow Mountains Special Protection Area
Wetland Floristic Biodiversity within Tullow Town, County Carlow - A Vegetation Survey
The Visitor Effect - The Effect of Visual and Auditory Stimuli on the Behaviour of Three Felid Species at Tayto Park
Investigation of Potential Carnivorous Syndrome in Rhododendron ponticum
An Assessment of the Ecological Quality of the Tidal Freshwater sections of Transitional Waters (TFTW) in the Republic of Ireland
Habitat Potential of Urban Watercourses to Sustain Freshwater Biodiversity
Carran Turlough - A Vegetation Survey
Irish Red Kites: The Breeding Season Diet and its Influence on Breeding Outcome and Productivity
The Survival and Dispersal of the Reintroduced Red Kite Milvus milvus in the Republic of Ireland<
Environmental Sensitivity: Stakeholders Perceptions and Weighting of Environmental Parameters

Last updated 18 December 2014 Natural Sciences (Email).