Kate recieved a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College (Northampton, MA) in 2001. During her undergraduate career she learned to SCUBA dive and spent her summers surveying reef fish populations and teaching about coral reef ecology in Belize. Before returning to school Kate worked as a scientist for the Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA) and as a technician at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is currently a second year graduate student in Biological Oceanography. Kate is interested in population genetics and ecology of hydrothermal vent organisms, with a particular interest in vent fish populations. She has participated in multiple expeditions to vent communities in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.