Hartpury College


Mary obtained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from University College Dublin in 1997, and a PhD in Animal Behaviour in 2002 also from University College Dublin.  For her PhD, Mary carried out field observations on courtship behaviour, multiple mating and reproductive synchrony in female fallow deer in Phoenix Park, Dublin and participated in the tagging of fawns, darting of adult deer and post mortems. Prior to joining Hartpury, Mary worked at University College Dublin, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Moulton College in Northampton.

Mary assists with the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of the College’s scholarship priorities. She develops and leads key scholarship enhancement projects and cross-College project teams in the development of scholarship enhancements. In addition, she develops, delivers and evaluates the Research Developmental Framework. She contributes to the development of the academic programmes, including collaborative provision, the continuous improvement of the student experience and the expansion of student choice and access

Additionally, Mary is the chair of the Associate Faculty Ethics Committee and Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement Working Group

Teaching Interests:
• Animal Behaviour
• Animal Ethics
• Behavioural Ecology
• Animal Welfare

Research Interests:
• Behavioural Ecology of wild mammals with particular focus on sexual selection and sexual conflict
• Ethics of domestic animals
• Welfare of captive animals with a particular focus on animals kept in animal collections

Journal Articles: 

Potter, C.R., Dumbell, L., Farrell, M. and Scott-Ward, R. (2015) Developing a model of scholarship in provider context – Issues and challenges. Available from: https://www.aoc.co.uk/think-pieces

Seager, C., Wroe, Y., Baron, Mary Farrell, M and Hadwin, C. (2015) Methodologies used to test the palatability of nutraceuticals products in both cats and dogs. The Veterinary Nurse. 6 (1), pp. 4-11.

Briefer E.F., Farrell M.E., Hayden T.J., and McElligott, A.G. (2013) Fallow deer polyandry is related to fertilization insurance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67, 657–665.

Farrell M.E., Briefer E., and McElligott, A.G. (2011) Assortative Mating in Fallow Deer Reduces the Strength of Sexual Selection. PLoS ONE, 6(4), e18533.

Books/Book Chapters:

Corrigan, R.H. and Farrell, M.E. eds. (2010) Ethics: A University Guide. Progressive Frontiers Press: Gloucester.

Corrigan, R. and Farrell, M.E. (2010) A brief history of ethical thought. In ‘Ethics: A University Guide’, (Eds. R. Corrigan & M.E. Farrell). Progressive Frontiers Press: Gloucester (UK), pp.1-20.

Conference proceedings/posters:

Kirk, C. Farrell, M., Mullaney, H. and Montrose, V.T. (2016) Browse Preference of Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza) at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Poster presented at: BIAZA Conference, 28th – 29th June 2016, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, UK.

Rogers, F. and Farrell, M. (2014) Enclosure Use and Social Associations of Common Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri Sciureus) At Bristol Zoo Gardens. University Federation for Animal Welfare Conference York, 26th of June 2014.