Simon Thirgood

Between 1986 and 1993 I was associated with the Mammal Research Group at University College Dublin, first as an undergraduate volunteer, then as a undergraduate researcher (my B.Sc. Hons thesis was on antler growth [pdf of resulting paper]) and then finally as a graduate student working on craniometric variation in mustelids. Many of the MRG members were working on deer and a good many were working on the behavioral ecology of fallow deer (Dama dama), work that all of us volunteered to help out with. This work brought us into contact with many other individuals who worked on ungulates, and in particular Rory Putman’s group at the University of Southampton. One of Rory’s students was Simon Thirgood, whose research on lekking behavior in Fallow was fascinating. Sadly, Simon was killed in an accident at the end of last month. He was only 46.