Susanne is a senior scientist at the Cop Science Dept. in Teagasc. Her research programme is focused on forage species and cereals: perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), white clover and Miscanthus spp.,Festulolium, Phalaris arundinacea, Dactylis glomerata and wheat and barley. She is interested in genetic resources (including in situ conservation strategies), reproductive traits including self-incompatibility and flowering time, control of meiotic recombination, biomass yield and heterosis, water soluble carbohydrates, fatty acid composition and abiotic stresses. Genomics activities have been the sequencing of the nuclear (see Velmurugan et al. 2016), chloroplast (see Diekmann et al. 2009) and mitochondrial genomes of ryegrass and the development of functional tools based on the sequence information. Between 2011 and 2015 she coordinated the FP7 funded cooperative GrassMargins project. See www.grassmargins.com . She is a handling editor with the journal Annals of Botany (http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/; 2015 Impact factor 3.654, 5 year impact factor 4.338), and a Research Associate with Trinity College Dublin. She serves as an external scientific advisory committee member for the French national funded Biomass for the Future (BFF) project and is a member of the Plant Panel of the Genetic Resources Scientific advisory board of the Irish Department, Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Funding for her the projects comes from EU FP7, Teagasc, Irish Research Council (IRC) & The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).