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Dr Katherine Crichton

Dr Katherine Crichton

Research Associate

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 4573
1.74A, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

I am a NERC funded postdoctoral research associate here at Cardiff. I completed my PhD at Grenoble Alpes University in late 2014 and in a previous life, worked for the European Space Agency in technology strategy and planning. I have an undergraduate degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MSc in Climate Change and Risk Management.

Here are my research interests:

  • Paleoclimatology
  • Earth system modelling
  • Carbon cycle
  • Remote sensing
  • High latitude terrestrial biosphere
  • Research Associate – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (Jul 2016-present)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher – Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter (March 2015)
  • PhD – Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement, Université Grenoble Alpes, France (2014)
  • MSc Climate Change and Risk Management – University of Exeter (2010)
  • Technology Policy and Strategy Analyst – European Space Agency ESTEC, Netherlands (2003-2004, 2006-2007)
  • BEng Aeronautics and Astronautics - University of Southampton, UK (2000)

Here at Cardiff I'm working on paleoclimate Earth system modelling, using an intermediate complexity model to study the impact of temperature on marine biota production and respiration, and the global carbon cycle response, from the Miocene (15 million years ago) to the present.

More information on the project can be found here:

NERC project: Ocean Carbon Cycling Since the Middle Miocene

My PhD was concerned with the role of permafrost in the carbon cycle on the timescales of centuries to multi-millennia. I developed a simplified permafrost-mechanism to look at, principally, the last glacial termination. 

I have a masters degree in Climate Change and Risk Management, and carried out research using Landsat data to classify an ombrotrophic peatbog.

My research can be found on my ResearchGate profile here