Catherine began working for the USGS while obtaining her doctorate in ecology in 2000. She gained skills in integrating disparate datasets of species’ location data and using these to generate spatially explicit models of species occurrence and abundance.
Catherine has developed a research program to assist multiple agencies and groups with species distributions, focusing on invasive species. Her current research involves the application of habitat suitability models to answer different applied research and management questions for various species across a range of taxa and spatial scales. She has also been working with spatially explicit state and transition modeling to inform efficient landscape scale invasive plant management.
Research ecologist, Fort Collins Science Center, U. S. Geological Survey, Ft. Collins, CO: 2011 - present
Ecologist, Fort Collins Science Center, U. S. Geological Survey, Ft. Collins, CO: 2000 - 2011
Education and Certifications
Ph.D., Colorado State University (Ecology), 2004
B.S., University of New Mexico, NM (Double major: Biology and Anthropology), 1998