Biography

Dr. Audrey O' Grady is a lecturer in Biology and Science Education at the University of Limerick since 2010. She is responsible for all of the Biology Pedagogy as well as being course director for the Science Education programme. She represents her department on the University Research Committee and is engaged in the screening of research proposals in the College of Science and Engineering. Her research expertise are in the fields of Science Education and Ecology (particularly Ant Ecology). She is currently supervising four postgraduate students and teaches on five undergraduate modules. She has been shortlisted for the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence Award in both 2013 and 2014. At present she is the Irish PI on the Consus Tempus project Connecting Science- Society Collaborations for Sustainability Innovations.

Research Interests

My research focusses on misconceptions and active learning in Science Education and Ecology, particularly Ant Ecology.

Recent Graduates:

Elaine Feeney BSc(Ed.) MSc.

Thesis title: An Ecological Assessment of Rehabilitated Bauxite Residue to Determine Ecosystem Success

Current Students:

Elaine Galvin BSc.(Ed.). To determine and overcome misconceptions in Biology held by students and educators in the Irish schooling system. Funded by the Irish Research Council

Jennifer Butler BSc.(Ed.). Implementation of a Sustainable Health Framework into Science in Second Level Schools and its Integration in to Science Teacher Training. Funded by the Irish Research Council

Heather Merrick BSc.(Ed.). The identification of bat species and their prey items using PCR. Funded by the Department of Life Sciences Scholarship.

Gerard Finnegan BSc.(Ed.). The Use of Ecosystem Function Analysis to Determine the Rehabilitation Success of Industrial Waste Sites. Funded by the Irish Research Council

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Peer Reviewed Journals

The seed bank in soil from the nests of grassland ants in a unique limestone grassland community in Ireland

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
Dr. Ronan Courtney
2013
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Identification of Misconceptions in the Teaching of Biology

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2015
Canadian Research & Development Center of Sciences and Cultures
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Trophic relationships of grassland ants based on stable isotopes

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2010
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Observations on mermithid parasitism (Nematoda: Mermithidae) in two species of Lasius ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2011
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THE MITE (ACARI: ORIBATIDA, MESOSTIGMATA) ASSEMBLAGES ASSOCIATED WITH LASIUS FLAVUS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE) NESTS AND SURROUNDING SOIL IN AN IRISH GRASSLAND

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2015
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An investigation into the prevalence of ecological misconceptions in upper secondary students and implications for pre-service teacher education

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2015
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Why change to active learning? Pre-service and in-service science teachers' perceptions.

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
Dr. Geraldine Mooney Simmie
2014
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An investigation into the prevalence of ecological misconceptions in upper secondary students and implications for pre-service teacher education.

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
Dr. Geraldine Mooney Simmie
2015
Taylor and Francis
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Why change to active learning? Pre-service and in-service science teachers' perceptions

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2014
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An ecological assessment of rehabilitated bauxite residue

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
Dr. Ronan Courtney
2014
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Other Journals

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Conference Publications

Proceedings of the 3rd European Congress on Social Insects

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2005
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NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research, Chicago, USA.

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
Dr. Keelin Leahy
Prof. Sibel Erduran
2015
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15th Irish Environmental ResearchersÂż Colloquium

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2005
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3rd European Congress on Social Insects.

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2005
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17th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2007
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15th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2005
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14th Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
2004
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22nd Annual Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium

Dr. Audrey O'Grady
Dr. Ronan Courtney
2012
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