Catherine Baldwin

Catherine Baldwin

Postgraduate

First-year DPhil candidate researching the release of CO2 and CH4 from the surface of rivers and streams in UK peatlands, supervised by Professor Bob Hilton, and generously funded by the ERC and Oxford-Radcliffe Scholarship. The project aims to quantify CO2 and CH4 fluxes from the surface of rivers in UK peatlands, using geochemical fingerprinting and novel fieldwork techniques. By measuring these fluxes and their isotopic composition to determine age and source, I will be researching how surface processes such as anthropogenic land use and wildfires influence fluvial carbon supply and emissions in peatland environments. More information on the project, team and research can be found at the RIV-ESCAPE project website: https://riv-escape.weebly.com/.

Previous research projects and experience include:

  • King’s College London, MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling & Management (2020): Using Sentinel-2 remote sensing to monitor wildfire scar persistence and vegetation recovery in UK peatlands following a large wildfire in the Scottish Flow Country.
  • University of Exeter, BSc Environmental Science (2018): Natural ecosystem re-establishment in disused slate quarries in Eryri National Park, a project that involved a significant field survey and subsequent laboratory work to quantify early vegetation and soil establishment in these post-industrial upland environments.
  • I am also a keen mountaineer, and hold MHFA, Outdoor First Aid and L3 Rope Rescue Operator certificates (ML in progress!).