Katie first traveled to Mfangano in 2010, where she supported the first community research project launched and saw the installation of EK’s first computers. She’s been back to Mfangano every year since and is currently directing the RECH (meaning ‘fish’ in Dholuo and standing for Research on Environmental and Community Health) research study and served, for many years, as OHR’s Research Co-Manager. Katie’s interests span environmental science and public health and she’s particularly interested in the links between human health, livelihoods, and ecology around Lake Victoria.
Katie is also a doctoral student in Environmental Science, Policy & Management and a Masters of Public Health student at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton and worked for several years on issues related to food access, agriculture, and nutrition at The Food Project, a Boston-area non-profit organization, and at the World Food Programme in Uganda.