dr cat scott



About me...

I'm a research scientist in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.


The aim of my research is to better understand how particles in the atmosphere form and go on to affect air quality and the climate. I'm particularly interested in particles that are formed due to emissions from vegetation, and how these interact with human-made pollution.


I also coordinate the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) research centre and help out with the United Bank of Carbon, a non-profit organisation aiming to reduce deforestation in the tropics.




I won the Climate Change Zone in the I'm a Scientist UK competition for 2016, an outreach scheme that connects school children around the country with scientists in academia and industry.


I was awarded a Springer Thesis Prize for my PhD thesis.


I received a School of Earth and Environment Postgraduate Researcher Publication Prize for my research paper “The direct and indirect radiative effects of biogenic secondary organic aerosol”, published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.


I was the Faculty of Environment nominee for the University of Leeds Postgraduate Researcher of the Year Award in 2012.