Change, Community-based research, Cultural ecosystem services, Ecology, Environmental and cultural values, First Nations and Resource Management, Food Systems, Gender, Participatory action research, Science communication, Social ecological systems, Storytelling
Kat (she/they) is a Master’s student in the Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability supervised by Dr. Hannah Wittman. Her research interests fall broadly into agroecology, food sovereignty, arts-based activism, and indigenous sovereignty and decolonization movements. Kat’s work in IRES focuses on agroecological transitions, storytelling, identifying metrics of change, and farmer-to-farmer education networks.
Kat’s undergraduate work was hosted variously in Performance Studies, Geography, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, and she continues to work at the intersection of science, art, and activism. Her undergraduate thesis at UC Berkeley with Dr. Rosemary Gillespie and Dr. Natalie Graham focused on the impacts of invasive plant species on sap-feeding insect communities and their microbiota in the mixed land-use region of Point Reyes National Seashore, California.
Kat has worked and lived on farms in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and has been involved in farmer’s markets, food justice work, and climate justice organizing. Kat is also a certified community herbalist in the Western/European tradition. She continues to serve as a member of the agroecological Executive Committee of the Foundation for the Islands of Old Providence and Santa Catalina (FIOPSC). Kat lives as a settler of English, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous Caribbean islander (Raizal) descent on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory.