Katya Wowk, Ph.D.

Senior Associate for Strategic Planning & Policy
Senior Leadership
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HRI 318
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Ph.D. International Marine Policy, University of Delaware (2011)
M.P.A. Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University (2005)
B.S. Biology and Ecology (minor: Political Science), Central Connecticut State University (May 2004)

Kateryna (Katya) Wowk is an expert in using interdisciplinary approaches to mitigate coastal hazard risks and strengthen community resilience. At HRI, she is the Director of Texas OneGulf, a RESTORE Center of Excellence and partnership of nine institutions dedicated to advancing the long-term environmental and economic health of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. She also works with the Socio-Economics Group to advance resilience that incorporates physical, natural and social elements, and with senior leadership to continuously link science to policy, decision-making and societal outcomes. Prior to her position with HRI, Katya served in senior positions at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she led efforts related to Hurricane Sandy Recovery, National Ocean Policy, and the National Drought Resilience Partnership. Katya holds a PhD in International Marine Policy from the University of Delaware, a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science & Policy from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from Central Connecticut State University.