1. NatureServe
    Vice President, Data and Methods
    (703) 908-1883

    Kathy oversees the development, management and provision of NatureServe’s core biodiversity data resources. She ensures that the biodiversity information collected by NatureServe’s Network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers meets consistent standards, resulting in the highest quality data available on the location and conservation status of biodiversity throughout the Americas. This data sets allows us to understand species extinction risk and direct conservation action.

    Kathy has a master’s degree in biology from the University of Miami and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Macalester College. She has spent her entire professional career as a scientist for NatureServe. Since 1991 she has coordinated the development of national and international standards for ecological classification, observation data collection, data management, and analysis. In her previous role as the Director of NatureServe’s Marine program, Kathy led the development of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard, US Federal standard for characterizing and mapping coastal and marine environments.



By expanding on our core strengths and complementing the work of others, NatureServe provides the information, methods, and tools needed to reduce threats to and ultimately improve conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity.

The coast of Atui in the southern Cook Island archipelago. Photo by John Goodin.

Our work supports coastal and marine resource managers, conservation practitioners, emergency responders and business communities dependent on coastal ecosytems.  Our methods include developing coastal and marine ecological classifications; coordinating observation data standard; mapping; assessing conservation status and threats, and establishing metrics for assessing and monitoring ecosystem condition to support restoration efforts.  We work with partners to develop tools, share expertise, and publish data to support ecosystem based management and coastal and marine spatial planning.

  1. Web Chat: Marine Protected Areas and Aichi Target 11

    EventWebinarOnlineMay 5 2015
  2. Integrating Land-Sea Planning Using NatureServe Vista