Dr. Laura Foley
Dr. Foley is an environmental scientist experienced in project management, waste assessment and classification, environmental monitoring (particularly for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and to comply with EPA issued licences e.g. Waste Water Discharge Authorisation (WWDA) and Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) (now IE (Industrial Emissions)), statistical analysis and reporting. Her field skills include in-situ water monitoring and sampling (groundwater, freshwater (canals, rivers, lakes), marine, coastal and transitional), and terrestrial and aquatic ecological monitoring.
Why did you want to become an Environmental Scientist? As a child in school, I spent most of my time around "the nature table". My favourite childhood activities were looking at books and TV programmes on the environment. So there was always an interest in nature, even from a very young age.
Which project do you particularly like to remember and why? We were engaged by Dublin City Cuncil to monitor lakes in Co. Wicklow ("The Garden of Ireland"). I felt so priviledged to be out on lakes, to which access is normally restricted, in the famous Glendalough World Heritage Site. It was an area of such natural beauty that did not feel like work at all!
Why CDM Smith? CDM Smith is a socially and environmentally conscious company, that works to help its clients for the benefit of the environment. This aligns fully with my own values.
What is the best part of your work day? Monday mornings are a favourite because of all the potential they hold for the coming week.