Catherine is a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She has an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, where she spent endless months counting Zebras on the plains of Africa and trees in the Rocky Mountains. After graduating, Catherine contracted with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and later served as a policy analyst at an environmental nonprofit. She is now pursuing NASA-funded research as one of the few NASA Graduate Fellows in the country.
Catherine is passionate about teaching her students challenging topics in STEM, and brings years of instructing experience to her tutoring relationships. She has taught several rigorous lab sections focused on ecology and statistics, and has worked extensively with high school and college level mathematics and science students. In addition to the common math and science courses encountered by budding scientists, Catherine has taken specialized teaching training courses, and loves helping students understand complex scientific concepts and tools like Rstudio and ArcGIS to further their research. Science is at its best when it is a place where everyone can thrive, and Catherine has initiated partnerships between NASA and IGNITE, a non-profit that connects high school girls with professional scientists. At the University of Washington, she meets with Seattle high school students to provide college coaching.
Catherine’s academic focus carries over to her personal life -- in her spare time, she enjoys hiking, and considers herself an ecosystem advocate. She solo hiked the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2019, and the 250-mile John Muir Trail in 2017.