Catherine joined the XL Catlin Seaview Survey's shallow reef team as a PhD student in 2014. She completed her BSc of Earth Systems at Cornell University with a concentration in Oceanography. After graduation, she worked for Professor Drew Harvell coordinating her Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant in the Ecology of Infectious Marine Disease. Through the RCN, she had the opportunity to participate in seagrass wasting disease projects in the San Juan Islands, Washington and coral health and water quality surveys in Puako, Hawaii.
Her research interests include anthropogenic impacts on coral reefs, coral health, marine disease, and community engagement. After traveling with the Catlin Seaview Survey to the Philippines, Timor-Leste, and Indonesia, she will be focusing her thesis work in Timor-Leste combining XL Catlin and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration datasets. She hopes to investigate questions on marine biodiversity, coral reef health, and benthic habitat mapping.