Dr Tara Dirilgen

Biology

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

F2
Callan Building
(01) 474 7261

Biography

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

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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

Committees

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

Employment

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

Education

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

Languages

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