Katie is a doctoral student in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University with the Resources and Communities Research Group. She earned her masters with the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and has a BA in Anthropology from Davidson College. Her research interests include environmental conflict, large-landscape conservation, human/wildlife relations, natural resource management and governance. Her previous research projects have examined multiple aspects of conservation and development in mountain communities. Her current doctoral research explores how changing land tenure patterns in the Greater Yellowstone impact the capacities and policies of wildlife management. Prior to graduate school, Katie worked as an environmental educator and directed an interpretive backcountry ski guiding program in Grand Teton National Park.