Jane Catford

Jane Catford

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Biographical details

Jane Catford joined King's Geography in 2018. Before moving to King’s, she was a Lecturer in Community Ecology at the University of Southampton. From 2012-2016, she held a research fellowship with the Australian Research Council, and worked at The University of Melbourne, University of Minnesota and Australian National University. She has worked as a consultant on projects involving: the prediction and management of exotic plant invasion; river health and environmental flow assessments; river restoration and rehabilitation; water sensitive urban design and the design of constructed wetlands. 

She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne (Plant community composition and exotic invasion in River Murray wetlands: the effect of propagule pressure, abiotic conditions and river regulation). She did a BA/BSc(Hons) at Monash University majoring in ecology, geography and politics. 

She is a Senior Editor at Journal of Ecology and on the Editorial Board for the BES Ecological Reviews book series. She was formerly on the editorial boards of Conservation Letters, Neobiota and ESA Hot Topics, and a member of the British Ecological Society's Publications Committee. 

Research interests (short)

Dr Jane Catford is a plant community ecologist with an interest in community assembly, biological invasions and environmental change. She has worked in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems across the world, and uses theoretical, quantitative and empirical approaches in her work. She maintains long-term field experiments in the US, UK and Australia, and collaborates widely. 

Research interests include:

  • causes and consequences of biological invasions
  • use of plant functional traits to understand responses to, and impacts of, global environmental change
  • prediction and management of novel ecosystems
  • community assembly, species coexistence and biodiversity
  • ecosystem restoration and management
  • ecosystem services (especially in rivers, wetlands, riparian zones and grasslands)
  • ecological impacts of global environmental change, including climate change, river regulation  and nitrogen deposition

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Keywords

  • GB Physical geography
  • Ecohydrology
  • Wetlands
  • Riparian ecosystems
  • Rivers
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Global environmental change
  • Climate change
  • River regulation
  • QK Botany
  • Plant ecology
  • Community ecology
  • Invasion ecology
  • Restoration
  • Conservation
  • Functional traits
  • Invasive species

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