Research Interests: I am interested in mammalian ecology and population dynamics, with an emphasis on their applications to conservation. More narrowly, I am motivated to understand the combination of stochastic and environmental factors that influence fragmented montane populations in today’s rapidly changing world.
Past Research: For my PhD research I used noninvasive genetic methods to assess the status and understand the limiting factors of a rare montane subspecies of red fox. Originally from Virginia, I received my B.A. from Brown University in Geology-Biology. Before beginning my PhD at UC Davis, I enjoyed 5+ years of fieldwork, working on research projects across western North America involving wolves, lynx, snowshoe hare, red squirrels, and goshawks.
Cate is now a Research Scientist at the USFS National Genomics Center