Kate Abbott

NE CASC Graduate Fellow
PhD Student

Consortium Institution: 

University of Massachusetts

Affiliations: 

Department of Environmental Conservation
Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Education: 

M.S.: Oceanography and Coastal Science, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA, 2017
B.S.: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT, 2012

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Experience: 

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019 to present
Teaching & Research Project Assistant, SUNY-ESF, 2017 to 2018
Graduate Research Assistant, LSU, 2015 to 2017
Biological Science Technician, USACE/Bonneville Lock & Dam, 2014 to 2015
Fisheries Technician, University of Idaho, 2014
Fisheries Management Intern, Everglades National Park, 2013
Seasonal Resource Assistant, CT DEEP Inland Fisheries, 2012 to 2013

Research Interests: 

My research revolves around aquatic habitat restoration and native fish conservation; in particular, I am interested in integrating scientific research and management goals with stakeholder engagement to improve restoration outcomes. At UMass-Amherst, I am currently studying the effects of dam removal on water quality, macroinvertebrates, and fishes. These results, combined with other studies, will be used to develop a decision-making framework for prioritizing dam removal projects to improve climate resiliency.

Publications:

Abbott, K. M., T. Elsey-Quirk, and R. D. DeLaune. 2019. Factors influencing blue carbon accumulation across a 32-year chronosequence of created coastal marshes. Ecosphere 10(8):e02828. 10.1002/ecs2.2828.