School of Earth and Environment

Dr Rachael Carrie

Research Fellow

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Room: 9.123

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am an interdisciplinary environmental researcher at the Sustainability Research Institute, working on the Newton (ESRC) funded project: Harnessing multiple benefits from resilient mangrove systems with Claire Quinn and Lindsay Stringer.

I use natural and social science methods to research aquatic socio-ecological systems. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, and focussing on a Malawian case study, my research evaluated impacts associated with a people-centred landscape approach seeking to safeguard wetland ecosystem services and improve livelihoods and well-being. I received my PhD from the University of Lancaster exploring social and ecological approaches for monitoring streams in southern Belize, following a period of employment as a freshwater ecologist for a small Belizean NGO. Prior to working in academia, I gained broad experience of sustainability issues from my work for the Environment Agency, as an environmental consultant, and with local and international non-governmental organisations.


BSc (Hons) Environmental Monitoring and Protection (University of Hertfordshire)

PhD Aquatic Sciences (University of Lancaster)


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Interests

Aquatic socio-ecological systems

Environment-development relationships and sustainable livelihoods

Monitoring systems and system use

Neotropical freshwater macroinvertebrate ecology and taxonomy


Carrie, R.H., Dobson, M. & Barlow, J. 2017. Challenges using extrapolated family-level macroinvertebrate metrics in moderately disturbed tropical streams: a case-study from Belize. Hydrobiologia, 794:1, 257-271. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-017-3100-z

Dixon, A. & Carrie, R. 2015. Creating local institutional arrangements for sustainable wetland socio-ecological systems: Lessons from the Striking a Balance project in Malawi. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 23:1, 40-52. DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2015.1107861

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, 34:2, 648-662. DOI:

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

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 DOI: 10.1163/22119434-00002027.

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. DOI: 10.1016/S0146-6380(98)00160-0

Carrie, R. H. 2013. A checklist of the freshwater macroinvertebrates of Belize. figshare.