With a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi, Kate attended Samford University in 2015 as a master’s student in Environmental Science and Energy Management. Kate has an extensive background as a researcher in biomedical microbiology and field ecology. Kate has continued to pursue her passion for teaching biology, environmental science, and sustainability, through her work and outreach. Kate currently works as an environmental scientist in the consulting field, and has experience in hydropower, development, and wetland delineation projects in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. She has worked as a science education director of local youth science camps, and an environmental educator for Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Kate is currently a board member for the AEC and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Kate strives to improve Alabama’s environment and human health, through education, partnerships, and outreach opportunities.