Katy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oklahoma State University in 2011, a Master’s in Marine Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2014, and a PhD in Marine Science also from UMass Dartmouth in 2019. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.
Katy’s research focus could be summed up as “the ecosystem of copepods”. Her graduate work was focused on the bacterial communities associated with the tiny marine invertebrates, including the bacteria living on, in, and around copepods. As a continuation of the trophic interactions occurring on these micro-scales, Katy is currently pursuing a postdoc to examine the feeding ecology of zooplankton in the Central Arctic.
In her free time, Katy loves to explore the great outdoors. She hikes whenever the weather allows and loves to kayak and spend time at the beach in the summer. She is also an animal lover and can’t wait to move into a house with a yard so she can finally adopt a dog.
Katy helps edit blog posts for the English website, and she will soon be contributing her own research experience in the Arctic!