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Dr O'Meara graduated with a PhD in Molecular Ecology from WIT in 2015, and was awarded a BSc Hons in Applied Ecology from University College Cork in 2008. Dr O'Meara has been a lecturer in the Department of Science in WIT since 2015. 

Research Interests

Dr O'Meara is a researcher in the Molecular Ecology Group (MERG) in WIT, and uses DNA techniques to address questions related to biodiversity monitoring and conservation, and environmental and animal health. 

Current Postgraduate Projects:

Thomas Curran: Development of eDNA methods for the surveillance of mosquitoes in Ireland. Funded by the  and WIT PhD CoFund. 

Rebecca Synnott: Bridging the gap between conservation genetics and squirrel management. Funded by the IRC PhD Scholarship.

Anthony Murphy: Investigating the prevalence of genetic based resistance to rodenticides in the Irish rodent population. Funded by CRRU Ireland and WIT MSc CoFund.

Nicole Keohane: Investigating non-antibiotic approaches to improve udder health in Irish dairy cows. Funded by the IRC Employment based PhD Scholarship with AHV. 



Modules taught:

  • Livestock Management in Organic and Biological Agriculture, Masters (MSc)/Postgraduate Diploma in Organic and Biological Agriculture (Lecture)
  • Food Traceability and Bioanalysis, Yr 4, BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science (Lectures and Practicals)
  • DNA Technology and Bioinformatics, Yr 4, BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science (Lectures and Practicals)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics, Yr 3, BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science (Practicals) 
  • Forestry and the Environment, Yr 2, BSc Forestry (Lectures and Field Trips)
  • Food Microbiology for Culinary Arts, Yr 2, BSc Culinary Arts (Lectures)




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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