Dr Katie Cruickshanks
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Katie works with UK clients in infrastructure, conservation, and land management to solve biodiversity issues using DNA-based solutions. She is focusing on enabling UK clients to expand their scope and possibility with DNA-based methods, based on her experience in land management biodiversity data projects in the NGO, consultancy, and statutory agency sectors. Katie is talking to clients who have had some experience with eDNA, such as Great Crested Newts, to see what else is possible. An exciting area of focus is biodiversity baselines and tracking progress in response to compensation, restoration, and a variety of other conservation interventions.

Academic background

Katie has a BSc in Biology with Oceanography and a PhD in intertidal ecology and evolution from the University of Southampton. She worked part-time as a lecturer in the History of Nature Conservation at Kingston University in London.

Significant Collaborations

Katie has worked in the UK nature conservation sector since 2006 with a focus on biodiversity monitoring, indicators, trends and also consultancy work on recreational disturbance with government agencies, local authorities and NGOs. Prior to Nature Metrics, Katie was Senior Data Ecologist with Butterfly Conservation working on new opportunities and contracts to mobilise biodiversity data for greater impact. Clients included Defra, Forestry England, Forestry Scotland and private forestry enterprises. Previously she managed agricultural advisory work for Butterfly Conservation with Natural England and policy work with Wildlife and Countryside Link. Katie has also worked closely with  large UK citizen science programmes, working with schools (Learning through Landscapes) and enhancing digital and data solutions for mass participation surveys (The Big Butterfly Count).


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