Women in Dark Skies – Dr Bridgette Farnworth – Weds 24th April 2024

Join us for our next Women In Dark Skies event on Wednesday 24th April at 7pm. 

Bridgette Farnworth has a PhD in Behavioural Ecology & Conservation Biology from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and is currently aligned with Nelson Marlborough Insitute of Technology as a Rutherford Post-Doc. Bridgette’s research background involves assessing the foraging behaviour of rodents, with a particular focus on understanding how wild rats respond to changes in light at night.

Bridgette has also examined how nocturnal lighting affects invertebrate behaviour, including studying the activity of weta (a large, flightless orthopteran native to New Zealand) under illumination. Internationally, Bridgette has experience surveying mammals on offshore islands with the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) and serving as a board member of the Animal Behavior Society’s Conservation Behavior Committee. At home in New Zealand, Bridgette has enjoyed working with a broad range of native species, including New Zealand dotterels, kiwi, blue ducks and carnivorous land snails… though her favourite animal remains the rat.

This free talk will take place at 7pm ONLINE ONLY  via Zoom – Register at the link below:


For more information: 

Mayo Dark Sky Park Development Officer
IRC Employment Based PhD Scholar in partnership with NPWS and NUI Galway

Mayo Dark Sky Park / Wild Nephin National Park
Páirc na Spéire Dorcha Maigh Eo
An accredited International Dark Sky Park with the International Dark-sky Association
www.MayoDarkSkyPark.ie /www.WildNephinNationalPark.ie

An Roinn Tithíochta, Rialtais Áitiúil agus Oidhreachta
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Seirbhís Páirceanna Náisiúnta agus Fiadhúlra, Lag Dubh Mór, Baile Chruaich, Cathair na Mart, Co. Mhaigh Eo, F28 XF50, Éire
National Parks & Wildlife Service, Lagduff More, Ballycroy, Westport, Co. Mayo, F28 XF50, Ireland

T+353 (0) 98 49888/ 086 859 5166

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