A relative latecomer to archaeology, Susan studied archaeology at University College Dublin, acquiring BA (2010) and MA (2012) degrees before securing an IRC Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship to pursue a PhD in archaeology (awarded 2020). Susan’s main research interests include landscape archaeology, remote sensing (primarily lidar & geophysics), GIS, and early medieval Ireland with a particular focus on early medieval settlement and society. These interests combined to form the basis of her PhD thesis which applied remote sensing techniques (lidar & geophysical survey) to explore early medieval settlement within case study areas in counties Roscommon, Leitrim, and Monaghan.
Over the course of her studies, Susan developed a particular interest in geophysical survey, participating in a number of Discovery Programme projects including LIARI and Monastic Ireland, in addition to several UCD projects such as those at the Hill of Ward and Dowth estate. Before joining the Discovery Programme, Susan worked as a geophysical surveyor in the commercial sector for over three years, undertaking surveys at a range of sites throughout the country, spanning multiple archaeological periods and site types.
See Orcid for a list of Susan’s publications.