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European bird declines: do we need to rethink approaches to the management of abundant generalist predators?

Barry John McMahon, Susan Doyle, Aimée Gray, Sean Kelly & Steve M. Redpath
Bird species are declining across Europe. Current European policy, i.e. the Birds and Habitats Directives, focus on habitat management as a way of halting the declines. This paper explores the role of predation in causing bird population declines and asks if we need to reconsider our approach to the management of generalist predators. We analysed bird population trends and distribution changes across Europe, Britain and Ireland, reflecting an increasing gradient of generalist predator abundance (principally...

Drivers of longitudinal telomere dynamics in the long-lived bat species, Myotis myotis

Nicole Foley, Eric Petit, Thomas Brazier, John Finarelli, Graham Hughes, Frederic Touzalin, Sebastien Puechmaille & Emma Teeling
Age related telomere shortening is considered a hallmark of the ageing process. However, a recent cross-sectional ageing study of relative telomere length (rTL) in bats failed to detect a relationship between rTL and age in the long-lived genus Myotis (M. myotis and M. bechsteinii), suggesting some other factors are responsible for driving telomere dynamics in these species. Here, we test if longitudinal rTL data show signatures of age-associated telomere attrition in M. myotis and differentiate...

Worried, weary and worn out: a mixed methods study of stress and wellbeing in final year medical students

Abbie Lane, McGrath Jack, Cleary Emer, Guerandel Allys & Malone Kevin M.
Objectives: Although there is much focus on burnout and psychological distress amongst doctors, studies about stress and wellbeing in medical students are limited but could inform early intervention and prevention strategies. Design: The primary aim of this mixed methods, cross-sectional survey was to compare objective and subjective levels of stress in Final Year Medical students (2017) and to explore their perspectives on the factors they considered relevant to their wellbeing. Setting: University College Dublin, the...

RNA-sequencing endometrium intact, vasectomized, and control heifers

Sandra Recuero, José María Sánchez, Yentel Mateo-Otero, Sandra Bagés-Arnal, Michael McDonald, Susanta K Behura, Thomas E Spencer, David A Kenny, Marc Yeste, Pat Lonergan & Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes
An appropriate female reproductive environment is essential for pregnancy success. In several species, including mice, pigs and horses, seminal plasma (SP) components have been shown to modulate this environment, leading to increased embryo viability and implantation. Due to the characteristics of mating in the aforementioned species, SP comes into direct contact with the uterus. However, it is questionable whether any SP reaches the uterus in species that ejaculate inside the vagina, such as humans and...

Experimental investigation of the response of a driven pile in soft silt

D. Gallager, K. Gavin, Bryan A. McCabe & Barry M. Lehane

2020 Technical Report: a Review of Age Verification Mechanism for 10 Social Media Apps

Cliona Curley

2019 Technical Report: a Review of Age Verification Mechanism for 10 Social Media Apps

Paolo Zippa & Liliana Pasquale

Heat Pump Research Programme at University College Dublin (1976)

Jim McGovern & Seamus Timoney

Population asynchrony alone does not explain stability in species rich soil animal assemblages: the stabilising role of forest age on oribatid mite communities

Tancredi Caruso, Viesturs Melecis, Ugis Kagainis & Thomas Bolger
1. The importance of microbial and plant communities in the control of the diversity and structure of soil animal communities has been clarified over the last decade. Previous research focused on abiotic factors, niche separation and spatial patterns. Significant gaps still exist in our knowledge of the factors that control the stability of these communities over time. 2. We analysed a nine-year data set form the national Long-term Ecological Research Network of Latvia. We focused...

Wing: A suitable non-lethal tissue type for repeatable and rapid telomere length estimates in bats

Megan L. Power, Sarahjane Power, Mads F. Bertelsen, Gareth Jones & Emma C. Teeling
Telomeres are used increasingly in ecology and evolution as biomarkers for ageing and environmental stress, and are typically measured from DNA extracted from non-lethally sampled blood. However, obtaining blood is not always possible in field conditions and only limited amounts can be taken from small mammals, such as bats, which moreover lack nucleated red blood cells and hence yield relatively low amounts of DNA. As telomere length can vary within species according to age and...

Plagioclase and clinopyroxene mineral chemical and Sr isotope data from Unit 10, Rum Layered Suite, NW Scotland

Brian O'Driscoll, Luke Hepworth & Stephen Daly
These plagioclase and clinopyroxene mineral chemical and Sr isotope data come from Unit 10, Rum Layered Suite, NW Scotland. They underpin a publication entitled 'Rapid crystallisation of precious metal-mineralised layers in mafic magmatic systems', to be published in Nature Geoscience in 2020.

Why Do We Keep Resurrecting the Dead

Siobhan Doyle

A Model of Organic Matter Accumulation in a Developing Fen/Raised Bog Complex

Alan Gilmer, Nicholas Holden, Shane Ward, Anthony Brereton & Edward Farrell

Supplementary data from: Decoupling of morphological disparity and taxonomic diversity during the end-Permian mass extinction

Junyu Wan, William Foster, Li Tian, Thomas Stubbs, Michael Benton, Xincheng Qiu & Aihua Yuan
An increasing number of unexpectedly diverse benthic communities are being reported from microbially-precipitated carbonate facies in shallow-marine platform settings after the end-Permian mass extinction. Ostracoda, which was one of the most diverse and abundant metazoan groups during this interval, recorded their greatest diversity and abundance associated with these facies. Previous studies, however, focused mainly on their taxonomic diversity and, therefore, left room for discussion of paleoecological significance. Here, we apply a morphometric method (semi-landmarks) to...

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