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Katherine H

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at Cornell University


Biogeochemistry, geology, environmental science, microbiology, marine biology, ecology, plant ecology, ecosystems ecology


Hi, students! My name is Katherine (Katie), and I'm a PhD candidate at Cornell University in the field of Natural Resources. Prior to my time here, I went to the University of Maryland, where I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Geographical Sciences. My current research involves the interaction between sediment chemistry and seagrass meadow ecosystem health, particularly in eutrophic, human-altered ecosystems. I'm broadly interested in the interactions between organisms and their environments, as well as geologic history. I've published my research in top journals. When I'm not working on my research, I love to hike, paint, and write short stories. I'm an animal lover and frequently volunteer at the shelter up the street. Mentoring students always gets me thinking outside of the box, and the energy and excitement students bring to science is contagious!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Hometown Hydrology

The USGS has hundreds of stream gauges set up across the United States, each gauge providing loads of daily and weekly data. In this project, you'll learn how to analyze and interpret these large datasets using R, and make inferences about environmental health in your neighborhood. You'll write a paper on the topic and submit to a high school journal.

Traveling through geologic time

How has your town, or another location of interest, changed through geologic time? What did it look like at the last glacial maximum, or back in the carboniferous period? In this project, you'll learn to read scientific literature and interpret maps to develop a greater understanding of earth history. You can get creative with the output for this one, designing a webpage or scientific poster on the topic.

Coding skills

R, Python

Teaching experience

I have served as a teaching assistant for 2 years, teaching Introductory Ecology, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Introductory Biology Laboratory. During my time teaching the biology laboratory, I was awarded the Cornell CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.



University of Maryland
BS Bachelor of Science (2017)
Geographical Sciences
Cornell University
MS Master of Science (2019)
Natural Resources
Cornell University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Natural Resources

Completed Projects

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