Kat is a threatened species biologist with Zoos Victoria, where she works on the strategic development and implementation of Zoos Victoria’s priority threatened species programs.
Kat’s research has mostly focused on the effects of environmental change (climate and land use) on biodiversity, with a focus on birds. Kat was previously a postdoc with the NESP TSR Hub where she worked on spatial conservation planning for Christmas Island, approaches to biodiversity offsetting, and led the development of research on identifying threatened bird habitat in the Murray-Darling Basin. Her PhD investigated the effects of the Millennium drought on woodland birds, with a particular focus on floodplains and their potential as refugia.
Prior to her PhD, Kat worked for the federal environment department in a number of policy and project roles, including threatened species recovery, species discovery and environmental water.