Having worked for more than a decade in environmental policy, program implementation and education, Kate received her Master's degree in Environmental Studies in 1999 with a focus on ecology and conservation biology.
She has since taught biology, environmental science and ecology courses at Middlesex Community College and conducted research projects.
Kate is currently a Biology PhD candidate at Wesleyan University working on understanding benthic macroinvertebrate communities and ways to monitor and measure the role and potential of riparian corridors in land management and conservation. Keeping true to the Switzer Foundation emphasis on environmental change, Kate is an active member of a number of local non-profit and municipal agencies and projects aimed at conserving land, encouraging sustainability and involving and educating the public.
Kate's main interest is in exploring ways to preserve biodiversity and forge a manageable balance between the needs of humans and an intact and functioning ecology. Her academic focus is on conservation and landscape ecology, and professional goals include innovative teaching, research and writing.
Kate lives in Middletown CT, with her husband and two children (plus the odd assortment of animals). Her backyard is an ongoing experiment in invasive species suppression, native species planting and observations in wildlife habitat use.
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Middletown, CT 06457