Diarmaid Ó Foighil
Director and Curator, Museum of Zoology
Associate Chair for Museum Collections
- Ph.D. Biology, University of Victoria (Canada), 1987
- University of Michigan
1025 / 1082 Museums Building
1109 Geddes Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
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Fields of study
Invertebrate evolution and systematics, malacology
Diarmaid Ó Foighil obtained a B.Sc. (hons) in zoology from NUI Galway (Ireland) in 1981 and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Victoria (Canada) in 1987. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Friday Harbor Laboratories (University of Washington); Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, B.C.); and a research scientist at the University of South Carolina prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995. He has served as the president of the American Malacological Society and on the editorial boards of Evolution and Malacologia.
- Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Museum of Zoology
"Females floated first in bubble-rafting snails"
It's "Waterworld" snail style: ocean-dwelling snails that spend most of their lives floating upside down, attached to rafts of mucus bubbles. Scientists have known about the snails' peculiar lifestyle since the 1600s, but they've wondered how the rafting habit evolved. What, exactly, were the step-by-step adaptations along the way?
Graduate student Celia Churchill and Diarmaid Ó Foighil believe they've found the answer to that intriguing question. In a cover story published in the Oct. 11 issue of Current Biology, they show that bubble rafting evolved by way of modified egg masses.
Congrats to Rob Massatii and Jingchun Li who were awarded Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants from the National Science Foundation.
EEB graduate student Jingchun Li is this year's recipient of the Donald W. Tinkle Scholarship from the U-M Museum of Zoology.
Cryptic comments have an ambiguous, obscure or hidden meaning. In biology, cryptic species are outwardly indistinguishable groups whose differences are hidden inside their genes.