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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Ag science lecturer publishes new book on field research

Dr Sara Vero, assistant lecturer in agricultural science at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), has released a new book titled, Fieldwork Ready.

The publication helps students and early career researchers to overcome the challenges they face in the field and prepares them to conduct successful experiments.

As a cornerstone of agricultural science, field research is the driving force behind advancement in the agronomic, environmental and soil sciences.

In Fieldwork Ready, Dr Vero maps out the fundamental principles, methods and management techniques that underpin this crucial practice, offering trainee researchers an accessible introduction to the world of on-site investigation.

Speaking on her field research experience, the book’s author, Dr Sara Vero, discusses the importance of receiving hands-on experience as an undergraduate.

“Field research can be intimidating to new researchers, but a structured approach to planning allows may of the most common mistakes to be avoided.”

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“I hope with this book to help students to overcome these challenges so they can focus on what matters: learning new skills and collecting great data.”

Many undergraduate and graduate scientists have limited opportunity to develop hands-on experience before undertaking projects in the field. However, this book will act as a guidebook of how to plan, conduct and interpret field research.

“Students conduct great research at both undergraduate level and if they go on to post-graduate roles.”

“Not only is this work important from a scientific perspective, but it equips them with problem-solving skills and technical expertise that are crucial in industry.” Vero continues.

American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and Wiley, published the book.

The book, by Dr Vero, who has a background in soil physics, chemistry, water quality, and sustainability is available since February 25th, 2021.

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