Dr Nikki Dodd

CREW Manager
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
T: +44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)
Nikki is the Manager of CREW (Centre of Expertise for Waters). CREW is a Scottish Government funded partnership between the James Hutton Institute, Scottish Higher Education Institutes and Research Institutes. Nikki is responsible for the operational running of CREW, coordinating a portfolio of water science-policy projects and events with the CREW team, which includes project managers, an impact officer, research support and procurement.  

Nikki’s research background is in Physical Geography and Ecohydrology.  Since 2016, Nikki’s focus has been science policy communication, project and programme management connecting water policy and science.

Nikki has been based at the James Hutton Institute since January 2010, initially to conduct fieldwork and laboratory work for her PhD, and since June 2013 as a member of staff within the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group. From June 2013 to July 2014, Nikki coordinated the field and laboratory work of a small group within EBS to support research related to water quality, natural flood management and environmental monitoring. From August 2014 to February 2016, as a research scientist, she worked on research and commercial contracts related to water quality and wind farms, river restoration and macronutrients, and contributed to business development activities within James Hutton Limited, the Institute’s commercial subsidiary.

In 2016, Nikki joined the Centre of Expertise for Waters, CREW as a Project Manager, becoming Deputy Manager in 2022, and Manager in 2024.

CREW delivers evidence needed to implement regulations on protecting and improving the water environment.  Nikki and the CREW team coordinate expert advice for policy needs on ongoing and emerging opportunities and challenges in areas such as water quality & health, a net-zero circular economy & societal perceptions of water issues.  The CREW team engage with a wide range of information users and communities, to maximise the benefits of the research to society.

CREW aims to:

  • Deliver timely and accurate advice
  • Coordinate and fund research, analysis and interpretation
  • Stimulate innovative and proactive thinking
  • Develop an ethos of co-production and genuine knowledge exchange
  • Develop the networks and skills of researchers, policy makers and practitioners to make best use of available science leading to improved environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Past research

Nikki completed a BSc in Physical Geography at the University of Sheffield in July 2009, followed by a PhD in Ecohydrology at the University of Leeds and the James Hutton Institute (completed in February 2014). Nikki’s PhD, titled ‘Modelling the ecohydrology of moorland hillslopes’, investigated the effect of muirburn (heather burning) on the ecohydrological functioning of upland temperate hillslopes and combined field-based monitoring with a laboratory experiment and numerical modelling.


Technical / contract reports

Conference papers

  • Marshall, K.; Waylen, K.A.; Wilkinson, M.; Dodd, N.; Beier, S. (2019) Community attitudes to natural flood management (NFM). CRW2018-03, SCOTS Conference Event, Dean Castle Visitor Centre, Kilmarnock, 28 November 2019. Powerpoint presentation.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Lewandowska, D.; Dodd, N. (2012) Forest-to-bog restoration at RSPB Forsinard:Kite-based image analysis., Flow Country Scientific Conference, Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands, 23-25 October 2012.
  • Dodd, N.; Dunn, S.M.; Baird, A.J.; Wainwright, J. (2012) Ecohydrological patterns and vegetation management practices: importance for whole-hillslope hydrological behaviour. Examples from northern temperate hillslopes., Proceedings of the 11th British Hydrological Society National Symposium, University of Dundee, Dundee, 9-11 July 2012.

Conference posters / abstracts

  • Helliwell, R.C.; Glendell, M.; Zhang, Z.; Dodd, N.; Beier, S.; Ferrier, R.C.; Stutter, M.I. (2019) Working at the science-policy interface: Lessons from CREW on emerging issues and innovative approaches to monitoring and management in Scotland., India UK Water Centre Workshop, Science and Innovation for Catchment Management, University of Warwick, Coventry, 8-10 May 2019.
  • Dodd, N.H.; Dunn, S.M.; Baird, A.J.; Wainwright, J. (2010) Exploring ecohydrological functioning through characterisation of spatiotemporal patterns in vegetation and soil moisture., EGU Leonardo 2010 International Conference “Looking at Catchments in Colours: Debating New Ways of Generating and Filtering Information in Hydrology”, Centre de Recherche Public Gabriel Lippmann, Luxembourg 10-12 November 2010.