Katherine Norton

Computer programmer and data analyst for the Sediment Laboratory at the Cascades Volcano Observatory

Biography

I work on a variety of projects related to computer systems and data analysis, mostly in the sediment domain.  I am the developer for the Sediment Laboratory Environmental Database System (SLEDS), the information management system used by USGS sediment laboratories to track samples and compute results for physical analysis of sediment samples.  I also conduct quantitative analysis of uncertainty and analytical method performance in support of quality control in the USGS sediment labs.  The CVO sediment lab has a laser diffraction analyzer and I am conducting testing and research to determine how it can best be used in support of USGS sediment science.  My other recent work includes revising historical sediment lab results for samples collected in the Lower Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin, instrumentation development for imaging particle size analysis, and method development for custom sediment analyses such as bulk density, specific gravity, settling velocity.

My MS thesis was on sediment resuspension from urban stormwater detention ponds; my MST thesis was on how science service learning programs can promote high school girls' interest in science.  Since I finished graduate school in December 2008,  I've been working for the CVO SedLab.  Before I worked for the USGS, I was an Americorp voluteer for an environmental non-profit, a landscaper, a native plant grower, a botanical field crew leader for the Forest Service, and a technician in a plant research lab.  

Skills/Programming languages:

  • R, SQL, C#, ASP.NET, javascript, Windows Communication Foundation, Entity Framework, jQuery, Arduino, some Python

Education:

  • AAS Computer Information Systems Portland Community College 2012 
  • MS Environmental Science, Portland State University 2009
  • MST in Science Teaching, Portland State University 2009
  • BS in Restoration Ecology, UC Davis 2002