Kate Shlepr, M.S.
Katherine (Kate) Shlepr is a PhD candidate in the Integrative Biology-Environmental Science program at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Florida), and is the lab coordinator for HRI Endowed Chair in Conservation and Biodiversity, Dr. Dale Gawlik. She earned a BA in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine) and a MSc in Biology at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, New Brunswick). Kate has long been interested in the human--nature interface, interviewing locals to understand land use and conservation in the traditional territory of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (Atlin, British Columbia) as an undergraduate, and using GPS tagging and stable-isotope analysis to study Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) response to anthropogenic landscape changes (Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy) as a Master's student. For her dissertation, Kate is investigating the recovery of a federally protected species of wading bird, the Wood Stork (Mycteria americana), in the context of a major ecosystem restoration project, the Florida Everglades. Prior to moving to Texas, Kate lived in Maine, Wisconsin, and Florida where she discovered her love for wildlife and science. Beyond her career, Kate enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, camping, and meandering conversations over tea about good books.