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Dr Rachael Carrie

Post-doctoral Researcher/Lecturer in Sustainable Development

Institute of Science & the Environment

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542707

Rachael joined the Institute in September 2014 following her Doctoral studies at the Lancaster Environment Centre, and more than a decade of working as a Freshwater Ecologist in the UK and Belize, Central America. Working in developed and developing countries, and for the Environment Agency, as a consultant, and with local and International non-governmental organisations, Rachael has broad experience of sustainable development issues and monitoring systems associated with freshwaters. Combining this experience with interdisciplinary knowledge developed during research exploring social and ecological approaches for monitoring tropical rivers, Rachael delivers teaching and undertakes research within the Socio-Ecological Systems and Sustainability Group. Working alongside Dr Alan Dixon, Rachael is currently exploring the impacts and processes of the ‘Functional Landscape Approach’: a ‘people-centred’ approach that seeks to contribute to environmentally sensitive and climate-resilient strategies for safeguarding wetland ecosystem services and improving livelihoods and well-being at the catchment-scale. Rachael is also a member of the River Science Research Group.


PhD: Developing Ecological and Social Approaches to Monitor the Condition of Tropical Streams. Lancaster University (2013)
BSc: Environmental Protection and Monitoring. University of Hertfordshire (1998)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


GEOG 2112 Researching Human Geography
GEOG 2131 Geographies of Development
GEOG 3033 Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Research Interests

Monitoring systems and system use in developing countries
Environment-development relationships and sustainable livelihoods
Freshwater environments and human-freshwater relationships
Neotropical freshwater macroinvertebrate ecology and taxonomy
Socio-ecological systems

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Society of Freshwater Sciences (USA & Latin America Chapters)

Freshwater Biological Association (UK)

British Ecological Society

European Geosciences Union



Referred Publications

Carrie, R.H., Dobson, M. & Barlow, J. 2015. The influence of geology and season on macroinvertebrates in Belizean streams: implications for tropical bio-assessment. Freshwater Sciences. DOI: 10.1086/681541. PDF available here:

Carrie, R.H. & Kay, E. 2014. Belize. In Alonso-EguíaLis, P., Mora, J.M., Campbell, B. y M. Springer (eds). Diversidad, conservación y uso de los macroinvertebrados dulceacuícolas de México, Centroamérica, Colombia, Cuba y Puerto Rico. Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua, Jiutepec, Morelos, México. PDF available here:

Polhemus, D. A & Carrie R.H. 2013. A new species of Potamocoris (Heteroptera: Potamocoridae) from Belize and synonymy of the genus Coleopterocoris.  Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 156, 141–149.

Carrie, R.H., Mitchell, L. & Black, K.D.  1998.  Fatty Acids in Surface Sediments at the Hebridean Shelf Edge, West of Scotland. Organic Geochemistry 29, 1583-1593.

Non-Referred Publications
Carrie, R. H. 2014. A checklist of the freshwater macroinvertebrates of Belize. figshare.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Rachael is a Research Associate of Wetland Action and maintains strong working links with the Ya’axché Conservation Trust and the Environmental Research Institute at the University of Belize.