Katie is a PhD student in the School of Geography and the Environment based at the University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on drought predictability in Central America, which includes an examination of the usefulness of forecasts for decision-making. Other elements of Katie’s research will assess model uncertainty and the impacts of uncertainty on forecast utility. More broadly, Katie is interested in the connections between climate change and drought and how they affect adaptation strategies.

Katie completed her BA in Physics and Political Science at Lewis & Clark College and her MSc in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to getting her master’s, Katie worked as a science policy fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Her research included identifying opportunities to enhance resilience to space weather events and examining launch approval guidelines for space nuclear power and propulsion technologies. This work fostered her passion for disaster risk reduction and evidence-based policy solutions, which continues to motivate her current research.

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