Background and activities

I am a PhD student working jointly at the Department of Natural History and the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics. Together with the interdisciplinary Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity team, I am investigating effective applications of citizen science datasets to ecological research. Broadly, I'm interested in freshwater community ecology, human impacts on species distributions and interactions, and the transformative impact of citizen science.

My PhD research is funded by the NTNU Digital Transformation initiative. My primary PhD supervisor is Anders Finstad (NTNU), and I am also supervised by Erlend Nilsen (NINA), Bob O'Hara (NTNU), and Francesca Verones (NTNU).

Before coming to NTNU, I conducted freshwater ecology research for my MS degree at the University of Wyoming (you can read more about this work here) and implemented citizen science programming in a coastal science setting with New Hampshire Sea Grant. Outside of work, you’ll find me exploring the outdoors through trail running, skiing, bicycling, and more. As a newcomer to Norway from the US, I’m enthusiastic about exploring as much of the natural beauty that Norway has to offer as possible!

Scientific, academic and artistic work




  • Mandeville, Caitlin. (2017) Development of thermal tiers and regulatory criteria for Wyoming stream fishes. 2017.