Kathy was the first person to join the Marine Biodiversity Center when it opened in 2000. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and came to the Natural History Museum with 13 years of marine invertebrate taxonomy experience. Kathy conducted biological monitoring surveys at the University of Hawaii and helped assess the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on eelgrass communities in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Her many years of working in Alaska and Hawaii have given Kathy a deep appreciation of the word “biodiversity,” and working with the Museum collections has expanded that understanding even further.