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Dr Natalie Garrett

Natalie joined the Met Office in January 2016 and works as an applied scientist in the International Climate Services team.

Current activities

Natalie works in the International Climate Services team at the Met Office. The purpose of Climate Services is to provide information that is needed to make climate-smart policies, and help evaluate adaptation strategies to help society cope with and build resilience against climate variability. To achieve this, Climate Services needs to facilitate the production, translation, transfer and use of climate knowledge and information between climate scientists, end users, stake holders and policy makers. This covers a broad range of sectors, including but not limited to: agriculture, water and health.

Natalie's primary role within the Met Office's Climate Services team is to coordinate a European-wide coordination and support action for climate services called Climateurope. This project includes partners from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Climateurope engages with stakeholders from a diverse range of communities, including: funding bodies; policy makers; research institutions; the private sector, and other users and providers of climate information.

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.

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