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Niall Farrelly

Senior Research Officer - Forestry

Research Interests

My research focuses on how genetics, forest management and the environmental factors influence the growth and productivity of plantation forests.

Research areas include tree breeding which aims to identify species and seed origins adapted to current and future climate conditions; the potential of genomic selection to assist tree breeding in Sitka spruce.

Other areas of research include evaluating thinning strategies which improve the economics and timber quality of softwood plantations.

Current Projects

  • GENESIS Project – Genomic evaluation for the sustainable improvement of Sitka spruce
  • Sustainable thinning – Thinning to improve profitability and timber quality in Sitka and Norway spruce plantations
  • Provenance evaluation – Evaluation of Sitka spruce, Oak and Beech provenances currently used in Irish forestry

Previous projects

Education

  • Ph.D., University College Dublin, "Site quality and the productivity of Sitka spruce in Ireland", 2011.
  • H.Dip. in Computing. Griffith College Dublin, 1999.
  • B.Agr.Sc. (Forestry), University College Dublin, 1995.

Additional details

Directions to his office: Athenry Animal & Grassland Research Centre.