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Dr. Kennedy obtained her PhD in Microbial Ecology from University College Dublin in 2004. She worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Canada (2005-2010), in the area of soil microbiology. From 2011-2012 she was an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellow at SETU Carlow, studying decomposition processes in municipal solid waste. Since 2013 she has been a Lecturer in Microbiology in the Department of Science. 

Research Interests


- Role of microbes in the environment, including soil, waste composting, and anaerobic digestion
- Microbial ecology, particularly fungal and bacterial involvement in nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems
- Response of microbial communities to environmental disturbance
- Application of molecular ecology tools to study microbial populations in the environment
- Statistical approaches to multivariate community profile data


Modules taught:

Microbiology 2 (3rd year) lectures and practicals
Microbial Ecology and Bioremediation (3rd year) lectures and practicals
Food Microbiology (2nd year) lectures and practicals
Microbiology 1 (2nd year) practicals
Research Projects (3rd and 4th year)
Environmental Monitoring (2nd year) lectures and practicals
Environmental Science (2nd year) practicals

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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