Interests and expertise
My research focuses on the potential for Nature-based Solutions to respond to climate change. I am an expert on the ecosystem functioning and carbon dynamics of tropical forests across the globe, and their response to a rapidly changing climate.
I am a scientist and an artist. As an artist, I have produced murals, animations, and a wide range of professional illustrations for UN Biodiversity, iied, Oxford University Press, Global Canopy Programme, and Sumatran Orangutan Society, and Oxford University, to name a few. My portfolio is available on cecilegirardin.com
I combine years of experience in climate change policy analysis with a background in tropical ecology and a thorough understanding of forest ecosystem functioning to provide a unique multidisciplinary approach to her work. I trained as an Ecosystems Scientist at the University of Oxford and Imperial College, and has over 20 years of field experience: working in tropical forests, managing international teams, leading scientific publications, training students, and facilitating discussions on translating science into policy and action (eg. REDD+, Nature-based Solutions).
Nature-based insights analytical framework
To explore practical yet ecologically and socially robust approaches to implement nature based solutions along supply chains, we have set up a social venture spin out of Oxford University Innovation: [...] Read more
Interactive global map of good practice nature-based solutions
To enhance awareness and understanding of NbS, and showcase good practice, we are developing an interactive online global map. The first version, which was launched at COP26, includes 110 cases from o[...] Read more
Can nature-based solutions deliver a win-win for biodiversity and climate change adaptation?
The potential of NbS to tackle both the climate and biodiversity crises depends on whether they enhance the health of an ecosystem, including its biodiversity, the condition of its soil and water, and[...] Read more
Mapping the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation
This systematic evidence mapping exercise consolidated the large dispersed evidence-base on the effectiveness of NbS for addressing climatic impacts. The collated evidence-base underpins the NbS evide[...] Read more
Role of nature-based solutions in mitigating climate change
Projects that manage, protect and restore ecosystems are widely viewed critical to mitigating climate change. In this project we modelled the potential of nature-based solutions on land to help to red[...] Read more