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Caitlin Magel, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, PI

Estuarine Ecology and Modeling

Caitlin Magel is a coastal ecologist at the Puget Sound Institute where she primarily focuses on modeling the linkages between terrestrial and aquatic habitats, water quality, and social-ecological outcomes to support management decisions. Particular areas of interest include the ecology and ecosystems services of important estuarine habitats, including seagrass beds and salt marshes, with a focus on nutrient and carbon cycling. Caitlin completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University in 2020, where she was trained to use transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to address marine and coastal management challenges. She also holds a M.S. in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Science at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.


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Low R.R., Swayne D.P., Magel C.L., Israel J., and Levin P.S. 2023. “At the end of the day, you need to do something”: discourses on prioritization of stormwater solutions. Front. Sustain. Cities, 5:1134126. 10.3389/frsc.2023.1134126

Magel C.L. and Francis T.B. 2022. Evaluating ecosystem-based management alternatives for the Puget Sound, U.S.A. social-ecological system using qualitative watershed models. Front. Mar. Sci. 9:1012019. 10.3389/fmars.2022.1012019

James C.A., Francis T.B., Baker J.E. Georgiadis N., Kinney A., Magel C., Rice J., Roberts T., and Wright C.W. 2022. A boundary spanning system supports large-scale ecosystem-based management. Environmental Science & Policy 133: 137-145. 10.1016/j.envsci.2022.03.014