2018 Robert H. MacArthur Award Honoree, AAAS Fellow, and Professor of Ecology at CU Boulder
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Katharine is a Professor of Ecology at University of Colorado Boulder. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a highly-cited author who has written extensively in the areas of ecosystem dynamics and management, ecological restoration, biodiversity, and conservation. Her current research focuses on managing ecosystems in a rapidly changing world.
She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and joined the University of Colorado in 2014 from the University of California Berkeley. At CU, she leads the Niwot Ridge Long-term Ecological Research Program, a large multidisciplinary project aimed at understanding high-elevation mountain systems; the Rangeland Resilience Project involving researchers and ranchers across the Western US; and the Boulder Apple Tree Project, focusing on discovering and preserving historic apple trees. In 2018, she received the Robert H. MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America, a biennial prize given by the Ecological Society of America to an ecologist for their pivotal contributions to the field.