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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr. First Name: Olaf Surname: Schmidt
Contact Address:
UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science, and UCD Earth Institute, Agriculture and Food Science Centre (room 2.03B), University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353-1-7167076, Fax Contact Number: +353-1-7161102, Email Address: olaf.schmidt@ucd.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation, Higher Education Organisation Name: University College Dublin, Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: National University of Ireland, Dublin
Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.ucd.ie/earth/people/members/olafschmidt/

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Dr Olaf Schmidt’s main research interests are in soil science, in particular in the biology, biodiversity, ecology and biochemistry of soils in the context of soil–plant–animal systems. His research is focussing on biological processes because they control most goods and services provided by soils, including nutrient mineralisation, residue decomposition, carbon sequestration and pest control. The overall objective of his research programme is to provide land-based industries with strategies aimed at protecting soil resources, optimizing ecosystem services, maximising nutrient efficiency, replacing energy-costly fertilizers with natural processes and residue recycling, and improving natural pest control.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Soil Science, Soil Ecology, Soil fauna, Earthworms, Invertebrate Zoology, Crop Pest Management, Stable Isotope Techniques, Above-below-ground interactions, Carbon, nitrogen and sulphur cycling in terrestrial soil-plant-animal systems.

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

Sustainable Environment Research; Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

Member of the National Platform for Biodiversity Research (NPBR) Soil Science Society of Ireland (Member of Society Committee) Member of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Horizon 2020

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

→ Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

Focus Areas

→ Sustainable food security
→ Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Invited Member of Soil Biodiversity Working Group, European Commission – DG Joint Research Centre

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

FP7: EcoFinders - Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils

LIFE and COST Actions

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:
→ Environment and Resource Efficiency
→ Biodiversity

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in: