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.
Works on the evolution, systematics and conservation of marine, terrestrial and freshwater invertebrate taxa. Currently researching endangered Pacific Island land snails.
Lee, T., Li, J., Churchill, C.K.C. and Ó Foighil, D. 2014. Evolutionary history of a vanishing radiation: isolation-dependent persistence and diversification in Pacific Island partulid tree snails. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:202 doi:10.1186/s12862-014-0202-3 “Highly Accessed".
Bick, C.S., Ó Foighil, D. & Coote, T. 2014. Differential survival among Tahitian tree snails during a mass extinction event: persistence of the rare and fecund. Oryx. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0030605314000325
Churchill, C.K., Valdés, Á. & Ó Foighil, D. 2014. Afro-Eurasia and the Americas present barriers to gene flow for the cosmopolitan neustonic nudibranch Glaucus atlanticus. Marine Biology, 161:899-910. doi: 10.1007/s00227-014-2389-7
Churchill, C.K., Valdés, Á., Ó Foighil D. 2014. Molecular and morphological systematics of neustonic nudibranchs (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Glaucidae, Glaucus) with descriptions of three new cryptic species. Invertebrate Systematics 28:174-195. www.publish.csiro.au/paper/IS13038.htm