I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from University College Dublin in 1995, and with a PhD in Zoology (Animal Behaviour) from University College Dublin in 2001. Currently I teach on the MSc in Conservation Behaviour, the International MSc in Marine Biological Resources, and the BSc in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. I am joint Co-ordinator of the MSc in Conservation Behaviour. My main areas of research are animal contest behaviour, social dominance, animal communication and, more generally, the application of behavioural concepts to wildlife management and conservation. I am also interested in the ecology of freshwater species, and in methodological and statistical techniques used in ecological research.