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Biography

Caitlin Douglas is a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the 'Nature Insurance Value: Assessment and Demonstration' (NAIAD) project, funded under European Union Horizon 2020. This project aims to popularise the concept that nature plays a valuable role in reducing floods and droughts. 

Her work on this project relates to the roles of natural flood management, insurance and catastrophe modelling in flood mitigation. Her interests include evidence-based decision-making and the use of natural capital to build resilient landscapes. She is also an active proponent of diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

She holds a PhD from King’s and the Institute of Zoology (Zoological Society of London). For the PhD, she investigated dryland riparian tree population dynamics, as well as environmental and social impacts of damming an ephemeral river in Namibia. 

She also holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Geography from the University of Victoria (Canada).

Research

  • Nature-society interactions
  • Ecosystem services
  • Land use and management
  • Ecological resilience
  • Natural flood management

Caitlin enjoys applied research and is motivated primarily by responding to challenging questions and problems, rather than by any one particular topic or habitat type. She brings expertise on a range of topics, including riparian and dryland ecology, environmental history, baboon behaviour and the involvement of volunteers in conservation. Her current research involves the efficacy of leaky dams and conservation agriculture in flood mitigation.

Further details

See Caitlin's research profile