Katie has been a Biologist at NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center studying Steller sea lion population abundance and life history for over 10 years. She is an FAA certified remote pilot. She has been flying remote-operated hexacopters for marine mammal surveys since 2014. She has a B.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington and a Masters in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University.