Katherine received her Bachelor of Science in Marine science from the University of Maine in 2018 where she helped on a green crab project and looked for parasites in deep water corals for her capstone. During her undergrad, she had the opportunity to attend The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Science center where she took field intensive classes including science diving. She also travelled abroad and completed a semester at James Cook University in Townsville, QLD, Australia where she took classes in conservation and coral reefs. She is working towards her master’s degree in Fishery Science and is planning on graduating in December 2020. As a member of the Brander lab, she is looking at the presence and occurrence of microplastics in black rockfish off the Oregon coast. At OST, she will be interning with the Microplastics working group as they work towards a risk assessment framework. In her free time, she loves to be outside and in the water.