Kate is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California - Santa Barbara, where she is working in the Surface Processes Group with Vamsi Ganti evaluating bedform kinematics in modern and ancient environments. Kate has a Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. Kate's Ph.D. research focused on illuminating the elusive details of bedload transport over bedforms in modern river systems. In the spring of 2018, Kate taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at New Mexico Tech. In addition to her postdoctoral research, Kate currently helps run AGU's Earth & Planetary Surface Processes social media feeds (twitter, instagram, and facebook). Check out our new twitter crowdsourcing advice initiative: #WisdomWednesday!
Kate's research focuses primarily on bedform kinematics in modern and ancient systems. More broadly Kate enjoys experimental geomorphology, whereby the nitty-gritty details of Earth’s surface processes (that are generally not observable on a field scale) come to the forefront through analogue modeling and numerical computations. In addition to experimental work at ASU, Kate has a couple field projects in collaboration with researchers at the United States Geological Survey Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center and the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. This research involves using spatially and temporally high-resolution bed elevation data, collected using repeat multi-beam sonar surveys on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, to elucidate details of bedload transport. With this data, Kate and her colleagues seek to bring together the knowledge gained through experimental investigations with big picture field observations.
Kate enjoys exploring the intersection of human life and geology and makes it a point to include this intersection in the courses she designs and teaches. When Kate is not in the lab or the office, she enjoys spending time in the mountains and canyons around the Southwest or practicing and performing improv comedy. Kate is a proud member of @500WomenScientists and @500QueerScientists.