Santa Sabina in Dublin and University College Dublin
BSc (Botany; Geology) and PhD (Plant Palaeoecology)
University College Dublin, King's College London, University of Leeds
Lecturer in Plant Ecology, National University of Ireland, Galway
I am a plant scientist and interested in plant ecology and palaeoecology (fossil plants). I enjoy reading and movies and love being outside.
My Typical Day
This varies depending on the time of year. Right now, we are running exams (online for the first time - so that is challenging) so my day focuses on preparing exams, making sure the exam runs smoothly and answering my students' questions, and then grading the exams. There is lots of things to do in the background too. During teaching term, a typical day will involve preparing lectures, lab classes and feld trips, talking to students, supervising students doing projects with me and answering lots of emails. I will also be writing papers and analysing data. In the summer, I would usually be preparing to run experiments or set up field studies.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, focused, reliable
What did you want to be after you left school?
A scientist - but I thought I would be a physicist not a biologist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Very rarely but I was sometimes a bit cheecky
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I don't have one
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Happy, healthy and some chocolate