Mike Gormally

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Turloughs, which are classified as priority habitats under the European Habitats Directive, are seasonally flooded depressions found almost exclusively in Ireland. In 2001, three adjacent fields with different stocking densities were selected and plant/dipteran communities within the same vegetation zone of each field (site) were investigated using quadrats(More)
Turloughs are seasonal ground-water-dependent wetlands that occur in the karst landscape of western Ireland. Various typologies based on between-site variation have been applied to turloughs. However valid in understanding turlough functioning, these typologies are difficult to relate to one another, tend to overlook within-site variation, and do not(More)
Maintaining biodiversity is central to maintaining ecosystem functionality of wetlands. Hydrology has the strongest influence on wetland biodiversity, second to which agriculture is the most influential factor. This study investigates the influence of hydrology and farming practices on the abundance, species richness and composition of dipteran communities(More)
Forest road edges in a conifer plantation in Connemara, Ireland weresampled for ground flora and associated terrestrial invertebrates along thenorthern edge of a forest road bordered by conifers (Conifer 1 site),broadleaves (Broadleaf site) and a clearfelled area (Open site). In addition,the southern edges of the road bordered by a clearing (Scallop site)(More)
Arion subfuscus sensu lato (s. l.) refers to a cryptic slug species complex that is native to Europe and which, from there, has been introduced into the northeastern U.S. The species complex was detected in California for the first time in 2005 and recently 12 specimens were collected during statewide surveys. The genital morphology of these specimens(More)
Two methods were used to sample aquatic macroinvertebrates in three turloughs. Turloughs are systems that flood periodically from groundwater, in response to local rainfall patterns and contain rare aquatic species and assemblages. The first method used a standard pond net that was swept through the water column, while the second involved fixing a(More)
Quality control (QC) metrics are critical in high throughput screening (HTS) platforms to ensure reliability and confidence in assay data and downstream analyses. Most reported HTS QC metrics are designed for plate level or single well level analysis. With the advent of high throughput combination screening there is a need for QC metrics that quantify the(More)
By 2030, 75,000 ha of raised bog owned by Ireland’s largest peat producer, Bord na Móna, are expected to be exhausted. In an effort to rehabilitate Irish cutaway peatlands to maximise their conservation value, large areas have been converted to wetlands using three alternative approaches: total peat removal (TPR), partial peat removal (PPR), and simple(More)
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