Bernie Ball

Research Scientist
bernie.ball (at)
I’m developing metabarcoding approaches (laboratory and bioinformatic) to assess levels of biodiversity using eDNA samples from Irish freshwaters. Additionally, I am developing qPCR probes to detect the presence and possibly quantify the relative biomass of twaite and allis shad, and the white clawed crayfish.

My research interests include global and regional distribution of fauna endemic to cold seeps, and the genetic connectivity between populations in seep communities.

Journal Publications

Meyer, K, Wagner J, Ball B, Turner P, Young C, Van Dover C (2016). Hyalinoecia artifex: Field notes on a charismatic and abundant epifaunal polychaete on the US Atlantic continental margin. Invertebrate Biology (in press)

Carey S, Bell KLC, Roman C, Dondin F, Robertson R, Gobin J, Wankel S, Michel APM, Amon DJ, Marsh L, Smart C, Vaughan I, Ball B, Rodrigue K, Haldeman M, George A, Ballard R (2014). Exploring Kick'em Jenny Submarine Volcano and the Barbados Cold Seep Province, Southern Lesser Antilles. Oceanography 28(1): 38-39.

Van Dover C, Bell KLC, Marsh L, German C, John B, Cheadle M, Vecchione M, Amon D, Ball B, Copley J, Smart C, Fuller S H, Phillips BT, Cantner K, Auscavitch S, Ballard RD (2014). Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Rise. Oceanography 27(1): 32-33.

Miadlikowska J, Richardson D, Magain N, Ball B, Anderson F, Cameron R, Lendemer J, Truong C, Lutzoni F (2014). Phylogenetic placement, species delimitation, and cyanobiont identity of endangered aquatic Peltigera species (lichen-forming Ascomycota, Lecanoromycetes). American Journal of Botany 101: 1141-1156.

Regier JC, Shultz JW, Zwick A, Hussey A, Ball B, Wetzer R, Martin JW, Cunningham CW (2010). Arthropod relationships revealed by phylogenomic analysis of nuclear protein-coding sequences. Nature 463: 1079-1083.

Regier JC, Shultz JW, Ganley AR, Hussey A, Shi D, Ball B, Zwick A, Stajich JE, Cummings MP, Martin JW, Cunningham, CW (2008). Resolving arthropod phylogeny: exploring phylogenetic signal within 41 kb of protein-coding nuclear gene sequence. Systematic Biology 57(6): 920-38.

Emlen DJ, Marangelo J, Ball B, Cunningham CW (2005). Diversity in the weapons of sexual selection: Horn evolution in the beetle genus Onthophagus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Evolution 59(5): 1060-1084.