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We are very interested in science communication, outreach and public engagement...



Our work has featured in both international and Irish media, and we also write ourselves for various outlets. Some examples below:

SUSPOLL project video click here

RTÉ Brainstorm podcast: Episode on insects click here

RTÉ's EcoEye: Episode on pollinators click here Blog on "Advice for an undergrad thesis" click here

RTÉ Brainstorm: "Meet the hard working class insects" click here

Silicon Republic: "Máire Geoghegan-Quinn talks politics, quotas and women in STEM" click here

TG4 Nuacht: "Na beacha i mbaol"

RTÉ Brainstorm: "The colour of it all" click here

Irish Independent: "What science might be doing for you" click here

Campus Buzz blog: "The Burren: Marrying farming and conservation" Blog by recent lab intern Marie Carco click here

Silicon Republic: "Practice what you preach: Equality and diversity at NUI Galway" click here

Soapbox Science Blog: "Bringing Science to the streets of Galway: Meet Dara Stanley" click here

Irish Times: "The challenging art of pollen forecasting" click here

Irish Times, "The altered flight of the Humble Bee" (coverage of Stanley et al. 2015 Nature and Stanley et al. 2016 J App Ecol)


Daily Mail, "Pesticides change bees choice of wildflowers and stop them learning how to extract nectar" click here

(coverage of Stanley et al 2016, Func Ecol)


Nature Research Highlights, "Pesticides alter bee foraging" click here

(coverage of Stanley et al 2016, Func Ecol)


BBC News “Pesticide exposure in bumblebees 'harms pollination'” click here

(coverage of Stanley et al 2015, Nature)


The Guardian "Pesticides stop bumblebees from pollinating apple trees, research shows" click here

(coverage of Stanley et al 2015, Nature)


New Scientist, “First direct evidence of impact of pesticide on bee pollination” click here

(coverage of Stanley et al 2015, Nature)


RTÉ, "Bees contribute €4M to the economy" click here

(coverage of Stanley et al 2013, J Ins Cons)



Public engagement activities


  • We've been involved in the production of the NUI Galway biodiversity trail click here

  • Active twitter users 

  • We are involved are bringing female scientists to the streets through Soapbox Science! click here

  • We give talks to the general public (e.g. Irish Wildlife Trust, Kings College Think Tank, An Leabharlann Ceathrú Rua, All Ireland Pollinator Plan conference).

  • Dara is a founding member of Biodiversity in our Lives, a group dedicated to promoting ideas about biodiversity to the general public though a series of "biodiversity beermats". click here

  • We participate in the Irish Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme run by the National Biodiversity Data Centre click here

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