Project Title: Small Woodlands on Dairy Farms
Rachel’s current research project focuses on small woodlands on dairy and drystock farms and the potential ambition of the Post 2020 CAP, whereby 1ha of woodland will be required per EU farm. This project aims to discuss the impacts of small woodlands on biodiversity, carbon sequestration, ecosystem services and livestock production; to inform policy and create management guidelines. This is in conjunction with the investigation into farmers attitudes and perceptions of agroforestry.
Growing up on a drystock farm in the west of Ireland nurtured Rachel’s interest in agroecology, sustainable food production and policy. Throughout academia, she has developed a keen research interest in agroforestry and the benefits it provides both to the individual farmer, and furthermore wider society. Rachel believes that it is a major tool in climate change mitigation and adaption.
Rachel has previously worked as an Environmental and Ecological Consultant and has gained first-hand knowledge and understanding of current environmental policy and first-hand experience of Land and Wildlife Management in both Ireland and the U.K.
Programme Area: Forestry
Supervisors: Dr Ian Short and Prof Aine Ni Dhubhain
Location: Ashtown Research Centre, Scribbletown, Dublin 15
Funding Source: Teagasc