David Smyth

PhD student

I am a PhD student at Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway. My research focuses on the conservation of Lesser Horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus hipposideros), specifically I am looking at how variables in habitat composition, diet and interspecific competition can affect their occurrence and range in Ireland. This research uses a variety of methods including invertebrate recording, habitat mapping and analysis, camera trapping and DNA metabarcoding of non-invasive samples.

My academic background is in (BSc) Environmental Science and (MSc) Wildlife Conservation. Prior to my PhD, I worked in the medical device industry in various roles. I am also a Director on the board of the Native Woodland Trust.

Project Title
Impact of variation in habitat, prey availability and competition in conserving the lesser horseshoe bat