Declan T. O’Mahony

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Understanding the social organisation and spacing patterns of wildlife populations is an important aspect of conservation management and applied science. The present study investigated the spatial ecology of pine marten (Martes martes) inhabiting conifer forests in Ireland, the largest habitat resource available for the species. It represented the first(More)
Monitoring wildlife species by DNA identification of samples collected non-invasively is an important tool in conservation management. DNA identification of species from faecal (scat) samples is problematic due to the small quantities and poor quality of the DNA isolated from such samples. This study demonstrates the use of real-time PCR technology in the(More)
DNA identification of mammal species occurring in the diet of a predator is potentially a useful approach to remotely monitor the distribution of multiple species. This is important in Ireland, where it has been shown that the combined presence of the introduced bank vole and greater white-toothed shrew impact the distribution of the indigenous small(More)
Despite their often high conservation status and international obligations to undertake regular population surveillance, the status of pine marten (Martes martes) in many countries remains poorly understood. We conducted a non-invasive survey to determine the abundance of pine marten in forested habitat located within a 360 km2 mountainous region of(More)
Species distribution modelling is a useful technique that provides data on factors that can influence a species range, identify high suitability areas and model future scenarios. The pine marten (Martes martes) has undergone major historical declines in abundance and distribution in Northern Ireland, similar to that which has occurred throughout its range.(More)
Pine martens (Martes martes) are subject to national and international conservation legislation throughout most of their European range. Yet population density and abundance estimates, which are a key component of effective conservation management, are lacking in many countries. In this study, a large-scale non-invasive survey was undertaken in 14 forested(More)
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