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Research Profiles

Often there is a perception that all scientists are white-haired men in labcoats! This makes it hard for girls and young women to think about becoming scientists because they have no female role models. We have plenty of incredible female PhD students, postdocs and academics in the School of Natural Sciences, so here are the research profiles of just a few of them! Not a white-haired man in a labcoat in sight...

Professor Jane Stout

Jane has been at Trinity since 2001, initially as a post-doctoral Fellow, then as a temporary lecturer, and she got her permanent position in 2007. Jane is currently Director of the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research ( and her research focuses on human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services, primarily using plant-pollinator interactions as a model system. Jane has two children born in 2004 and 2006, and is married to UCD marine ecologist, Tas Crowe.


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Dr Mary Bourke

Mary moved back to Ireland from the US in late 2012. Her favourite part of her job is fieldwork. Her other job is keeping up with her 3 year old daughter who likes to dig holes and climb...just like her mum.


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Dr Anke Dietzsch

Anke started at Trinity in 2004. She completed her PhD on plant-pollinator interactions with Dr Jane Stout in 2008 and then worked at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. She returned to Trinity as a postdoctoral assistant in 2010 studying forest ecology with Dr Daniel Kelly. When not dashing around rainforests in the tropics, she loves singing with the Trinity Choral Society and is a passionate tango dancer. Since making this video Anke has left Trinity and is now working at Julius Kühn Institute for Plant Protection in Field Crops and Grassland in Germany.

Sive Finlay

Sive graduated from TCD Zoology in May 2012 and began her PhD in 2012. She loves baking, swimming, musical theatre and tap dancing.

Dr Gayle McGlynn

Gayle has been in Geography at Trinity for quite some time now: she completed her undergraduate degree in 2005 and returned in 2007 to carry out her PhD. Since completing her PhD she has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in Geography. She enjoys playing her often neglected piano and singing with the college's Choral Society.


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Deirdre McClean

Deirdre graduated from TCD Zoology and started her PhD in 2011. She enjoys wildlife volunteering, extreme colour coding and fancy cocktails, she really likes warthogs and once had a pet piranha named Mr.Snaps.

Dr Joanne Rourke

Prior to her PhD in Trinity College, Joanne worked as an environmental scientist and as a political researcher. When she isn't doing Human Geography she is to be found embarrassing her 10 year old daughter, playing a rather wobbly second cornet with Blanchardstown Brass Band or walking her tiny dog. Since making this video Joanne has left Trinity and now runs a pop-up shop.

Erin Jo Tiedeken

Erin Jo is a PhD candidate working with Dr. Jane Stout in the Botany Department at Trinity College Dublin. She did her B.Sc. in Biology at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and is continuing her career in ecology by studying the interactions between plants and animals. She loves insects, jogging, The Great British Bake-off, and listening to the many podcasts from NPR.


Dr Jean Wilson

Jean has been part of Trinity since 2002 where she began her PhD (completed in 2007), returning in 2009-2012 and in 2013 to complete two EPA funded projects. When not analysing images and cruising around coastal and lake shores looking for groundwater she's invariably got her trainers on and is headed for south Dublin to some of her favourite places to run, Marlay Park and Kilmashogue - Ticknock.


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