Katherine Kahl

Affiliated Investigator
Extension Assistant Professor, Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Resilience
(978) 865-3472

Consortium Institution: 

University of Massachusetts


Ph.D. Landscape Ecology/Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2012
M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2003
B.S. Biology, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO,1998


Extension Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Environmental Conservation, based at Gloucester Marine Station. Gloucester, MA. 2018 to present
Michigan Conservation Policy & Practices Specialist, Western Lake Erie Coastal Conservation Strategy Director, The Nature Conservancy. Lansing, Michigan. 2013-2016
Climate Change Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy. Lansing, Michigan. 2010-2013
Director of Conservation & Policy Research, Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy. Grand Ledge, Michigan. 2008-2010
Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Initiative, West Michigan Strategic Alliance. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 2006-2008

Research Interests: 

  My work focuses on bridging university capacity with sustainable fisheries and coastal resilience needs on the North Shore of Boston and beyond. The research and conservation approaches we develop will emphasize application to other geographies and at broader scales. Working with a team of faculty and stakeholders, we are re-envisioning what the marine station can be for the university, for students, for local and regional partnerships and places.

  A landscape ecologist by training, my professional experience has spanned conservation policy advocacy, local and regional green infrastructure education and community engagement, climate change research and adaptation, and managing coastal conservation planning and implementation strategies. The common thread through these experiences has been my ability to connect people, connect project strategies to achieve meaningful outcomes, to lead teams and build partnerships around common goals.