Katy is Sound Rivers’ staff scientist, a position created in April 2022 to reinforce our science-based advocacy in both the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. Katy joined Sound Rivers as the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper in June 2017, and remains based in New Bern. As staff scientist, Katy works closely with Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop to provide technical support, both in the field and behind a computer screen, crunching data.
Before her tenure with Sound Rivers, Katy worked as an Environmental Science Technician for Kleinschmidt Associates in Lexington, South Carolina, for 18 months prior to moving to New Bern in 2016. Katy graduated with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science from University of New Orleans in August 2015. She was a Natural Resource Management intern at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, leading citizen science projects that helped educate diverse groups on science and nature, and was a student ambassador for the U.S. Department of the Interior at the University of New Orleans.
Katy lives in New Bern’s historic Riverside neighborhood with her husband, about two blocks from the Neuse River. She has a long-time passion for the water and the environment, is a dog lover, an avid kayaker and a U.S. Department of Interior Certified Motorboat Operator.