Catherine Docherty

Catherine DochertySecretary, 2015 – 2016

PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham


My undergraduate degree was in Ecology from the University of Sheffield in 2010. During my BSc I undertook a 10 day fieldtrip to Abisko, in north Sweden. This was my first trip above the Arctic Circle and it left me wanting to explore the Arctic more! Even though I had developed a love of the Arctic it took 3 years for me to return, in that time I was living in Spain where I obtained an MSc in Conservation Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid, and gained experience through the European Voluntary Service working on a nature reserve in the Ebro Delta, Catalonia. In September 2013 I returned to the UK where I am now studying for my PhD at the University of Birmingham.

Current Research

I am a part of the Water Science group at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. My PhD is looking at how different water sources (glacier melt, snow melt, groundwater) affect stream biodiversity by changing stream habitat in Northeast Greenland. From this we can predict how stream biodiversity in Northeast Greenland will be affected by climate change. My PhD has allowed me to visit the Arctic on a number of occasions, I have been to Northeast Greenland three times on fieldwork (funded by NERC and the EU project INTERACT), and I have attended a short course in Svalbard on polar fieldwork techniques organised by the British Antarctic Survey and funded by NERC, and a short course in northern Sweden to learn about aquatic environments in the boreal forest, funded by Future Forests.