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Karl Richards

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



My research team investigates the source and transport of contaminants to water and air within agricultural landscapes. Our group integrates soil processes with environmental emissions to water and air from agricultural soils. Currently we are focusing on nitrogen cycling in soil and methods to enhance sustainability through mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions to the atmosphere and nitrate leaching to water. The team is also investigating pathogen survival in soil/water and emerging contaminants in groundwater.

Research areas of interest for MSCA IF application:

  • Improved understanding of controls to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from agriculture
  • Methods to reduce contaminant transport to water
  • Improving the grassland nitrogen cycle

Dr Richards has supervised 15 PhD and 3 MSc students to completion and 7 postdocs. Currently his research team consists of 2 postdocs and 8 PhD students.