Professor Astrid Wingler, Head of Plant Science in the School of BEES, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award.
The resilient Fulbright programme has served to strengthen international relations throughout turbulent times for over seventy years.
Founded in 1946, it has enabled academic and cultural exchanges between more than 2,500 Irish and American citizens since 1957.
With an emphasis on cultural immersion and building long-term academic and professional connections, the Fulbright programme selects excellent candidates from all over Ireland to work with top U.S. Institutions across all disciplines ranging from science, technology and business, to the arts and culture.
Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Prof. Wingler will visit the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis from January to July 2021. In collaboration with colleagues at UC Davis, she will explore how annual exotic grass species differ from native perennial species in the processes involved in allocating carbon below ground, and how this affects the ability of Californian grasslands to sequester carbon. The research will combine plant physiological methods with plant and soil ecology, with the aim of transferring the expertise to back to Ireland to improve the sustainability of Irish grasslands.
"UCC’s latest #Fulbright Awardees will soon travel to the #USA to spread the Irish language, research reunion in inter-country adoption, and research the responses of plants to the changing environment..." https://t.co/Gx070Yivof pic.twitter.com/2xYEVKRBKa— Fulbright Ireland (@Fulbright_Eire) June 12, 2020