About Katie



I’m Katie, I earned my PhD in interdisciplinary environmental science as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Texas at El Paso.

I was born and raised in Summerland, California where I was either at the beach or on the soccer field. I earned my B.S. in Ecology, Behavior & Evolution from the University of California, San Diego with study abroad adventures in Cadiz and Barcelona, Spain and Perth, Australia.  I had the pleasure of working at the Living Coast Discovery Center, volunteering with Ocean Connectors  and interning at NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center  during the time between undergrad and grad school.

My dissertation work focused on a social-ecological systems approach to endangered species conservation. In addition to my research, I teach science storytelling, environmental leadership, qualitative research methods, and environmental communication. I am also a graduate student advocate – leading conversations on graduate student mental health, and talking transparently about the good, and the bad, of graduate school. 

I enjoy sharing my work with others, I hope you enjoy learning about what I’m up to.

If you have any questions or would like me to lead a workshop, be a keynote speaker, or consult in my areas of expertise, please contact me.

If you are a school teacher and would like me to speak to a group or class, I’d be happy to! Please feel free to ask.

Thank you!


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2 thoughts on “About Katie

  1. Rachel Hasay

    Hi, Katie!

    I am a Transition Coordinator at a small cyber school located in Bloomsburg, PA called SusQ-Cyber Charter School. My co-worker, Elizabeth Shotwell, follows you on Facebook and sent me your info. I was wondering if you would be interesting in speaking to our cyber students about your dissertation work and experiences. Your pictures look really cool!

    We have monthly themes here at SusQ. In Feb, the theme is Curious/Confident (that goes with our Vision Statement) and College Exploration (which goes with our post-secondary theme). I know it’s pretty far away, but do you think you’d be able to speak to our kids in Feb? If not then, could you come another time?

    Thanks so much and I look forward hearing from you!

    Rachel Hasay

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