BS: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
After earning her bachelorís degree in Biology at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ (2001), Kate had a long and productive tenure as a biological technician specializing in aquatic ecology. She worked on projects for Utah State University (Lake Powell), the University of Wyoming (Bull Trout Lake and Rio Las Marias), and the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring & Research Center (GCMRC, the Colorado River), which took her to three states and two countries before joining the ISU Stream Ecology Center in 2012. As part of her technician work at GCMRC, she completed an independent project analyzing the potential resources available to small fish in the backwaters of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. She is currently exploring options for a graduate thesis in the areas of trophic ecology, connectivity and ecosystem processes in regulated rivers, and has a special fascination for the Colorado River specifically, as well as arid river systems in general. In previous work at NAU, Kate studied Pinyon Jay ecology and still enjoys birding in her spare time as well as backpacking, rafting, cooking, and reading.