Dr Karina Pierce (BAgrSc, PhD) is Associate Professor of dairy production at UCD with research interests in dairy production systems and nutritional strategies to improve milk composition and quality and reduce the impact of dairy production on the environment. She coordinates the BAgrSc Dairy Business degree programme and is Head of Dairy Production within the School of Agriculture and Food Science in UCD. She leads a very active research programme in the area of dairy production and has been awarded more than €3.5 million in research funding to date. She has co-authored 65 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is a regular participant in industry-run conferences on the application of technology and has been a member of adjudicating panels for prestigious national competitions such as the Farmer of the Year, Agribusiness and Milk Quality awards.