Katie joined Oceana in January 2016 as our Deputy Chief Scientist. She works with the Chief Scientist to ensure that our advocacy on issues of fisheries and marine conservation is solidly grounded in the best available science. She connects and supports our 50+ scientists working in 14 offices spread over 11 countries, and directly supervises the science staff working on Oceana's DC-based campaigns.
Her varied work environments have included Arctic ice caps, Capitol Hill, international fisheries negotiations, and the waters of the eastern tropical Pacific. After 10 years in research, she returned to Washington DC, her hometown, to work as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Congress and then for the Office of Marine Conservation in the U.S. State Department. Katie continued her science-based policy work with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation and, most recently, with The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she ran a marine conservation and sustainable fisheries grant making program.
She has an M.Sc. (pesticides in Svalbard) and Ph.D. (El Niño proxies in corals) from the University of Pennsylvania in Earth and Environmental Science, and in her free time enjoys reading, traveling, and running with her black Lab, Sophie.
Location: United States