Position/Title: M.Sc. by thesis
Office: ANNU 043
I am a Master of Science by thesis student in the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock under the advisement of Dr. Christine Baes and Dr. Flavio Schenkel. Originally, I am from Dublin, Ireland where I completed my undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin (UCD). My interests in Animal Breeding and Genetics stemmed from my time at UCD and influenced my decision to travel abroad to gain international experience and further develop my knowledge and understanding of the dairy cattle sector.
Currently I’m involved in one of the Dairy Cluster projects where, along with Kerry Houlahan, Lucas Alcantara and Gerson de Oliveiro, we are looking to better understand the impact of cutting-edge genomic technologies and novel phenotypes on breeding strategies. Our goal with this research is to optimise sustainable genetic progress in Canadian dairy cattle. My part of this project will focus on optimally incorporating novel traits for Canadian dairy cattle breeding programs, not only to maximize genetic gains, but also to ensure sustainable future genetic improvement and profitability. Upon completion of my M.Sc. I intend to build on this work in the form of a PhD, with the hope that our research will eventually lead to changes in breeding schemes on commercial farms in Canada.
In my free time I keep myself active playing rugby and participating on multiple intramural teams within the university.