PhD Jacinta MullinsI am generally interested in any application of genetics to animal conservation. I carried out my PhD research in Ireland with the Molecular Ecology Research Group at Waterford Institute of Technology, focusing on the development and application of non-invasive methods for surveying pine marten Martes martes populations. This involved the collection of hair and scat samples from field sites and the analysis of specific DNA sequences to identify species, sex and individual identity. This survey method does not require live capture or direct observation, being extremely useful for nocturnal, secretive carnivore species. After the PhD, I joined the Animal Diversity and Conservation Group in the University of Lisbon to study the genetics of the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus in the montado landscape of southern Portugal. I started my BIOCONSUS fellowship in Białowieża in April 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Jan Wójcik. I will study the demographic history and genetic structure of red fox Vulpes vulpes populations in eastern Poland.
Mullins J et al. (in prep) Landscape genetics of the wood mouse in the montado landscape of southern Portugal, with special emphasis on the Natura 2000 network.
O’ Reilly C, Mullins J, Morris F (2012) Water voles: where is the north-south divide? Mammal News, The Mammal Society (www.mammal.org.uk).
Mullins J, Statham MJ, Roche T, Turner PD, O’ Reilly C (2010) Remotely-plucked hair genotyping: a reliable and non-invasive method for censusing pine marten (Martes martes, L. 1758) populations. European Journal of Wildlife Research 56: 443-453. doi:10.1007/s10344-009-0332-x.
Mullins J (2010) Estimating the size and structure of pine marten populations using non-invasive genetic sampling. PhD Thesis, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Available online at: repository.wit.ie/1641/
O’ Reilly C, Statham M, Mullins J, Turner PD, O’ Mahony D (2008) Efficient species identification of pine marten (Martes martes) and fox (Vulpes vulpes) scats using a 5’ real-time PCR assay. Conservation Genetics 9:735-738. doi: 10.1007/s10592-007-9371-6.
Molecular Ecology Research Group
Animal Diversity and Conservation Group
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