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.