Kat is a Project Researcher at emLab where she provides data science and modeling support to many different ocean-related projects. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kat received a B.A. in Biochemistry with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of San Diego. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked in pharmaceutical development for a short time before moving to the Turks and Caicos Islands to pursue her interest in the marine environment. Kat later returned to school and received a Master’s degree in Coastal Marine Resource Management from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, after which she began her work at emLab. Kat has provided research support to a range of emLab projects related to the sustainable management of fisheries. The specific aims of these projects have included analyzing the tradeoffs of reforming fisheries subsidies to inform the World Trade Organization negotiations, developing sustainable financing mechanisms to support greater marine conservation, and working with local stakeholders to better design and manage marine protected areas. Kat is a PADI Instructor and AAUS Scientific Diver, and likes to spend her time outside of work diving, hiking, cooking, and taking landscape photos.