Dr Tara Dirilgen

Biology, Human Health Institute

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
Environmental Biology and Sustainability

Callan Building
(01) 474 7261


Tara is an ecologist with interests spanning many areas which centre around biodiversity.

Upcoming projects:
Watch this space for research on soil-plant-pollinator interactions under multiple, interacting, global change pressures.
Ongoing projects:
From Roots to Pollinators: How above- and below-ground organisms interact through
Plants (IRC, lead PD)
Relationships between functional diversity and food production and quality under ecological intensification (EPA, Biodiversa, project contributor)
Past projects:
Climate change and its effects on Pollination Services (FNRS/FWO, project contributor)
Sustainable Pollination Services in a Changing world (SFI, project PD)
Soil Microarthropod Community Assembly And Their Value As Indicators Of Soil Biodiversity (EC, EcoFINDERS, lead PG)

Twitter: @taradirilgen

Google scholar

Join the Terrestrial Ecology Lab
Postdoctoral Researchers
Reach out to me if you are interested in pursuing support for collaborative projects.
Some options include:
Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship
Prospective Graduate Students
Contact me to discuss potential opportunities for pursuing an MSc or PhD

Research Interests

Community ecology, Terrestrial biodiversity (above and belowground), Soil-Plant-Pollinator interactions, Global change, Sustainability

Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
All Ireland Climate and Biodiversity Research Network Member -
UCD Earth Institute Affiliate Member -
Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Member -
British Ecological Association Member -
Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland Member -
Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative Member -
International Society of Root Research Member -
Irish Ecological Association Member -
Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary biology Member -
Soil Science Society of Ireland Member -
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Member -
Irish Pollinator Research Network Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
09/12/2020 Thomas Mitchell Medal of Excellence GOI Irish Research Council


Committee Function From / To
Soil Science Society of Ireland Member -
Irish Ecological Association Ordinary member -
Sustainable Ecosystems Working Group, Department of Biology Member -


Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Environmental Biology and Sustainability 11/09/2023 -
University College Dublin Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Applied Entomology 01/10/2022 - 01/08/2023
University College Dublin Postdoctoral researcher | GOI Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship 01/01/2021 - 01/10/2022
University College Dublin SFI Postdoctoral Researcher | SUSPOLL (Sustainable Pollination Services in a Changing World) project 01/07/2020 - 01/01/2021
University College Dublin Research Asssistant | SFI SUSPOLL (Sustainable Pollination Services in a Changing World) project 01/02/2019 - 01/07/2020
University College Dublin Academic Manager | MSc Environmental Sustainability 01/08/2018 - 01/12/2018


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
University College Dublin PhD Ecology
University College Dublin BSc Zoology


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Turkish Fluent Fluent Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Amount Role From / To
Insect Conservation & Diversity Reviewer -
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment Reviewer -

Outreach Activities

Organisation Type Description
International Day for Biological Diversity 2021 Civic Society As part of UCD Earth Institute video series "What is biodiversity?" Target audience: primary school children, general public [Link]
Soapbox Science Civic Society One of 12 women in STEM taking part in Soapbox Science Dublin, Ireland event on Dublin's South King street, standing on a soapbox, using 2 props, I spoke to the general public about my ongoing research “Do soil animals interact with bees through plants?” [Link]
Rising Star Fellowship feature piece, UCD Institute for Discovery Civic Society [Link]
Mooney Goes Wild radio piece as part of the Global Soil Biodiversity Conference coverage Civic Society
“Ask a scientist” tent at Farming for Soil Health public event, Teagasc, Wexford Civic Society

Teaching Interests

Ecology, Entomology, Zoology, Animal behaviour, Insect-Plant interactions, Philosophy