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Karen Daly

Teagasc Environment, Soils and Land Use Department, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Ireland Y35 TC97



Teagasc’s programme of research on soil and crop sensing is currently developing new technologies that will underpin the competitiveness of Irish agriculture. This research is focussing on the application of spectroscopy and chemometrics for the non-destructive analysis of agricultural soils, crops and sediments.  The research group consists of 3 Ph.D. students with laboratory research support provided by a permanent technologist.  This programme of research is resourced with bench-top and portable spectroscopic instrument that includes near and mid infra-red spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. Aligned with Teagasc Technology Foresight 2035 strategy this programme is progressing new methods and applications in spectroscopy for the agri-food sector. 

Research areas of interest for MSCA IF application: Environmental and Geosciences (ENV):

  • V2 - Earth system science (Environmental chemistry)
  • V4 - Food Science, Agriculture, Forestry and Non-Medical Biotechnology

Karen has a track record in project management and people management; and an excellent record of securing funding for new work and managing the work packages, budget and staff on multiple research projects. She currently has 6 post-graduate students and is also co-supervisor to 2 post-doctoral researchers. She previously supervised 3 PhD and 1 MSc student to completion and supervised 5 contract researchers/post-doctoral scientists.