Dr. Tracy’s research interests include using X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) to understand the response of roots to the soil physical environment. She applies her skills and experience of X-ray CT, soil science, hydrology, plant biology and image analysis to answer further questions about the rhizosphere and plant function. Dr. Tracy’s group research root:soil interactions using non-destructive imaging. Dr. Tracy is Director of the UCD X-ray CT facility and founded and chairs the Irish Plant Phenotyping Network. She moved to UCD to take up a position as Assistant Professor in Applied Plant Biology in 2015 after completing 3 years as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, U.K. Dr. Tracy completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of Nottingham, U.K and investigated the response of root system architecture to soil compaction.