It is the final day and I just want to say what an amazing experience this has been! I love talking about my work and answering your questions! I hope you all VOTE today and have enjoyed this as much as I have! Some of you asked really insightful questions and there's no doubt in my mind there are many amazing scientists amongst you! I wish you all the best in your studies and hope I have given you enough reason to give me your vote!
2006-2010: NUI Galway; 2010-2011: University of Glasgow; 2011-present: University of Lincoln
BSc (Hons), MRes
Lab demonstrator: NUIG (2010), Teaching assistant: University of Lincoln (present)
University of Lincoln
Favourite thing to do in my job: Explaining my work to non-scientists and presenting research to colleagues – both are challenging and rewarding! Also any opportunity to play with a cat is always great.
My work aims to improve the welfare of pet cats and better understand the risks for when they go wandering!
My Typical Day
A lot of variation! I work with surveys, interviews, behavioural observations and liaising with cat owners, so what I do is different most days!
What I'd do with the prize money
I would like to host a one day meeting with chairites and companies to discuss the controversy surrounding electronic containment fences!
Obviously what I’m studying is greatly affected by more people knowing about it. Behavioural research on cats is of little use unless it can be made known by everyday owners.
This is why I feel it is so important to have this meeting – so as many different groups that have large contacts with the cat owning public can hear about what I’m doing and how it affects cats and their owners.
Raising the profile of my work in this manner will give the project a great awareness boost as well as allowing me important face time with these important groups so they can give me feedback and comments that will benefit the research and in turn, the lives of cats!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Irish bearded scientist?
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
My first experiment – looking at whether hunger affects centipedes rolling up into a ball. Disgusting but heartwarming!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes. I was a sarcastic, snarky child – which helped me become the sarcastic, snarky adult I am today!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Tom Waits or The Pixies ( I cannot decide)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Stand up comedy!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Infinite wishes (obviously), then a nice sandwich. Then maybe world peace.
Tell us a joke.
What is a cat’s favourite car? The Catillac.