Dr Cat Scott

Dr Cat Scott


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the Horizon 2020 funded CRESCENDO project with Prof Ken Carslaw and Prof Dom Spracklen. CRESCENDO aims to develop and evaluate the latest generation of climate models, known as Earth System Models (ESMs). My role is to evaluate the representation of natural aerosols (e.g. particles from fire and those formed from gases emitted by vegetation) across five European ESMs.

I work in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science and am a member of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols research group.

I am also Director of the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) centre. LEAF aims to bring together anyone working on forest/vegetation related research from various faculties within University, and make this research more accessible its end-users. We also work with external partners such as charities, local authorities and media organisations on collaborative projects.

I am currently undertaking a secondment to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), for two days each week, working in the Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE) Directorate.

Science Communication

I am a STEM Ambassador and was a University of Leeds Engagement Excellence Fellow (2016-2017). I was the academic lead on the Trees Investigation, part of the BBC’s Terrific Scientific nationwide primary school science campaign (2017) and won the Climate Change zone of "I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here!" (2016).


  • Director of Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest (LEAF) centre

Research interests

My research explores interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere - I am particularly interested in the role of trees and forests in altering atmospheric composition. During my PhD I quantified the radiative impacts of biogenic secondary organic aerosols and explored the way that deforestation affects the climate by altering the concentrations of short-lived climate forcers (aerosols and non-CO2 greenhouse gases) in the atmosphere. As part of my first postdoctoral research project we quantified the strength of natural aerosol-climate feedbacks due to fires and the production of biogenic secondary organic aerosol, finding that they were comparable in strength to other biogeochemical feedbacks.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, 'The biogeochemical impacts of forests...', University of Leeds
  • MSc, Energy and Environment, University of Leeds
  • MChem, Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Manchester

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

Student education

Cat supervises undergraduate/postgraduate research projects and contributes to teaching on modules across the University.

Research groups and institutes

  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science