Dr Natalie Garrett

Areas of expertise

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Project management
  • Strategy development
  • Science communication and outreach
  • Data visualisation

Current activities

Natalie has been the Private Secretary to the Met Office Chief Scientist (Professor Stephen Belcher) since January 2020. In this role, Natalie provides support in delivering the Met Office Science Programme. This includes running the Chief Scientist's office, writing reports and briefs on key scientific issues, planning and delivering external review meetings, and leading the Met Office Science Communications Team. Prior to this, Natalie worked in the International Climate Services team at the Met Office.

Career background

Prior to joining the Met Office, Natalie worked as a research fellow at the University of Exeter's School of Physics. She often worked collaboratively with industrial sponsors and she specialised in advanced biophotonics, particularly applications involving nanoparticle transport in biological systems. Additionally, Natalie founded the Early Career Researcher Network at the School of Physics, helping to support early stage researchers and represent them at the College level. Natalie has a PhD and an MPhys degree both in Physics, from the University of Exeter.

Natalie is passionate about science communication and has undertaken a multitude of outreach activities in her capacity as a STEM Ambassador. In November 2015, she was voted for by school pupils from across the UK as their overall favourite to win the 'I'm a Scientist, get me out of here' outreach competition's Osmium Zone. As part of an Institute of Physics sponsored lecture tour of the South West in summer and autumn 2015, Natalie also talked about her research to over 1,500 school pupils to encourage them to consider STEM careers.  More information about the lecture tour is available here and here.