Katherine R Clifford, Ph.D.

Biography

Katie Clifford is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Social Scientist at the Fort Collins Science Center. Her research examines human-environment relationships in the context of environmental change, with a focus on resource management. Her postdoc, which is jointly funded by the North Central and National CASCs, has two projects. The first is creating a rapid assessment method to better understand community impacts and vulnerabilities of drought and the second looks at the human dimensions of ecological transformation. Katie’s commitment to community-engaged scholarship come from a long history of working with stakeholders to co-produce research and conduct usable science. In a previous collaboration with the NCCASC, she contributed to Social-Ecological Climate Resilience (SECR) project in the Gunnison Basin of Colorado where she used scenario-driven focus groups to help natural resource managers consider a range of future conditions and better understand how stakeholders envisioned and responded to change. Katie received her masters and doctorate degrees in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Education

  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Colorado Boulder 2019
  • M.A. Geography, University of Colorado Boulder 2014
  • B.A. Environmental Studies, Macalester College 2009

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Social Science), USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO (2020-Present)
  • Project Manager, Vulnerability Consequences and Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS), Western Water Assessment, Boulder, CO (2018)
  • Research Social Scientist, Social-Ecological Climate Resilience (SECR) project, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. Fort Collins, CO (2014-2016).
  • Conservation Associate, Washington Wilderness Coalition, Seattle, WA (2010-2012)
  • Naturalist, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Aspen, CO (2009-2010)

Affiliations

  • North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, Boulder, CO
  • Western Water Assessment, Boulder, CO