Rebecca Synnott

Rebecca Synnott
Waterford Institute of Technology | WIT · School of Science

Bachelor of Science; Zoology and Cell Biology

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Since its introduction from the United States in 1876 the invasive North American Eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) has contributed to the decline of the native Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in Britain. Consequently, grey squirrel populations are often subjected to extensive control efforts in order to reduce local abundance a...
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Since its introduction from the United States in 1876 the invasive North American Eastern grey squirrel ( Sciurus carolinensis ) has contributed to the decline of the native Eurasian red squirrel ( Sciurus vulgaris ) in Britain. Consequently, grey squirrel populations are often subjected to extensive control efforts in order to reduce local abundan...
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Invasive mammals are responsible for the majority of native species extinctions on islands. While most of these extinction events will be due to novel interactions between species (e.g. exotic predators and naive prey), it is more unusual to find incidences where a newly invasive species causes the decline/extinction of a native species on an islan...
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By determining susceptibility to disease, environment-driven variation in immune responses can affect the health, productivity and fitness of vertebrates. Yet how the different components of the total environment control this immune variation is remarkably poorly understood. Here, through combining field observation, experimentation and modelling,...
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Abstract Immunity is a central component of fitness in wild animals, but its determinants are poorly understood. In particular, the importance of locomotory activity as a constraint on immunity is unresolved. Using a piscine model (Gasterosteus aculeatus), we combined a 25‐month observational time series for a wild lotic habitat with an open flume...

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This project aims to determine the population dynamics of native red squirrels and invasive grey squirrels in Ireland, including their current distribution. This project also aims to implement and modify mitigation attempts to ensure the conservation of red squirrels, and to investigate the impact the native predator pine marten has on the dynamics of the two squirrel species.