Areas of Expertise: Marine Resource Management, Marine Mammals, Marine Debris and Plastic Pollution, Coastal Communities and Resilience
From a young age, Katy has always been driven by a passion for wildlife. Growing up in Arizona, the opportunities to connect with the ocean were few and far between, but becoming SCUBA certified as a teenager opened her eyes to the underwater world and human's impact upon it. In high school, Katy began focusing on wildlife by volunteering at the Phoenix Zoo. She then went to pursue a B.S. in Biology at Lyon College. Throughout college, Katy played soccer and worked in a microbiology lab, as a NASA Space Grant Scholar, collecting and analyzing water samples from caves throughout the Ozarks. After spending a few years migrating with the whales between Southeast Alaska and Hawaii, Katy attended Oregon State University and earned her M.S. in Marine Resource Management while also working at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Katy is ecstatic to be back in Alaska and working to protect Alaskan wildlife.