Kate was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. A self-proclaimed tomboy, she was always outside climbing trees, riding bikes, and playing sports. Kate grew up snowboarding almost every weekend in the mountains and spent summers hiking and exploring with her family. Every summer, Kate and her family took a road trip to southern Utah to explore canyons, search for fossils, and marvel at the beautiful landscape. She didn’t know it then, but these trips to Utah would be the start of her love for geology and the natural world.
Kate decided to stay in state for college and attended the University of Colorado. She took her first geology class as a sophomore and was hooked. In 2008, she moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue a Master’s Degree focusing on landslide hazards. While working on her degree, Kate got hired as an intern at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). After completion of her Master’s Degree, she was fortunate to get hired on as a staff geologist focusing on geologic hazards. Her projects included landslide inventory and susceptibility mapping, geohazard risk assessment, and geologic mapping for areas all over the state.
It will be hard to leave a job she loves and a city she adores, but Kate is looking forward to traveling to places she has always dreamed of going and exploring the geology of the world. See you back in the U.S. in 2016!