Katie Lois Hutchinson

PhD researcher

e: katie.hutchinson@biology.ox.ac.uk


Department of Biology, University of Oxford
St Cross College, University of Oxford
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Interests and expertise

My research interests are inter-disciplinary, covering biology, geography and anthropology. Primarily, I am interested in species conservation and the importance of maintaining high levels of biodiversity in relation to climate change, specifically within the mega-diverse Global South.

My DPhil project, supervised by Professor Nathalie Seddon (Biology) and Professor Laura Rival (Anthropology), explores the ecosystem health outcomes of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Adaptation in the Tropical Andean region (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), and how these interventions are perceived/implemented by Indigenous Peoples. The main study country of my work is Peru, and I will be carrying out fieldwork here, working alongside communities who have implemented NbS for Adaptation. My project comprises of numerous interlinked elements, with a systematic review, GIS and fieldwork all coming together to enable the impacts of NbS for Adaptation upon ecosystem health. The benefits of this project will hopefully be wide-reaching, with influences primarily in remote communities that rely more on natural resources than those in the westernised world.


I completed my undergraduate BSc in Biology at the University of Nottingham in 2020 and this degree gave me experience in international fieldwork and hugely developed my understanding of and passion for ecology and conservation, with a particular focus upon conservation in the face of climate change.After graduating and prior to starting my DPhil research at Oxford in October 2022, I worked with the London Wildlife Trust and RSBP on conservation projects across London and the south east of England.

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