Dr Eoin Lettice is a Plant Scientist, Lecturer and Principal Investigator at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork, Ireland.
He holds a BSc in Plant & Microbial Biotechnology, a Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a PhD in Plant Science.
His research interests include plant pathology, nematology, biological control, soil-root biology and sustainable agriculture. Research projects have dealt with the use of plants to provide sustainable, nature-based solutions to issues like the promotion and protection of biodiversity; the protection of agricultural crops from pest, pathogens and environmental stresses; and building sustainable urban communities with tree-rich green spaces.
Eoin is a coordinator of the UCC Open Arboretum Project and the Science Foundation Ireland funded ‘Tree Explorers’ project which aim to develop the teaching, research and outreach activities of the historic UCC Arboretum.
He has a research interest in urban trees and green spaces for their biodiversity, carbon sequestration, cultural and historic importance. Members of his research group are involved in a tree census of the South Parish, Cork city in collaboration with Green Spaces for Health and CARL, UCC.
He has previously been Director of the Centre for Organic Horticulture Research (COHR) at UCC and taught on and was joint coordinator of the MSc in Organic Horticulture. He also teaches on the undergraduate Applied Plant Biology programme.
Dr Lettice is a former Treasurer of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology (IAPB) and organised IAPB 2018 which was held in Dublin, Ireland in August 2018.
Dr Lettice has an interest in science communication and has written for many non-specialised blogs and publications including The Guardian and RTE. You can follow him on twitter @eoinlettice