Welcome to Area 52

Our research interests are in conservation, ecological and population genetics, as well as evolutionary biology. We employ and develop genetic tools for population and individual levels to study genetic questions (gene flow, genetic drift, effective population size and selection) and to couple genetics with behaviours (kin-biased behaviours, reproductive success, mate choice, migratory behaviour and life-history). Research in Area 52 is primarily focused on aquatic organisms including fishes, shellfish and hydrothermal vent and methane seep fauna.

We are based in the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin and collaborate widely both nationally and internationally with a number of academic and research institutes and also industry.