Kate McClellan Press, PhD student

1_vaainy UMass Amherst, Department of Environmental Conservation  

Research interest: how offshore wind energy development impacts commercial and recreational fishing.

Kate is currently an Assistant Scientist for the Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction at the New England Aquarium. She works with fishermen and scientists to find practical solutions to endangered and protected species bycatch in fisheries. Prior to that, Kate worked on coastal and marine spatial planning with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. She has also worked on projects to evaluate the effectiveness of marine reserves for protecting reef fish and coral in St. Eustatius, and has studied lemon shark and sea turtle ecology and coral reef health in South Caicos. Kate has a master’s degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Vassar College.