Kate graduated with a first class honours in Natural Science from Trinity College, Dublin. After a short stint as a research assistant in the Biology Department at McGill University, Montreal, where she had her first experience of fish biology research, she undertook her DPhil research in cyprinid fish ecology at the University of Ulster’s freshwater laboratory on Lough Neagh.
Kate is a Senior Lecturer in freshwater ecology and management in the School of Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science. Her main area of teaching is on the BSc Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation award. She coordinates the postgraduate degree programmes in the School.
Kate was a member of the Environment Agency’s Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee and has undertaken a range of consultancy contracts in freshwater management for local authorities and English Nature.
Kate has an interest in curriculum development and has led on several new award validations within the University and acts as external advisor and external examiner at other Universities.
Ecology and conservation of isolated fish populations, freshwater ecology and management, curriculum development, learning and teaching.