Katie Fillingham joined the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) in 2011 as a policy intern and has worked on several programs since then, including the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP), and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). More recently, she has supported ocean exploration activities under COL’s cooperative agreement with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) Biodiversity Interagency Working Group.
Katie attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a Master’s Degree in, Marine Geology, and Paleoceanography. While an undergrad, she interned at the International Arctic Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she studied the relationship between land-fast sea ice and climate change. Her graduate research focused on understanding the recurrence of Braarudosphaera blooms in the South Atlantic during the early Oligocene; she especially enjoyed working with Ocean Drilling Program core samples and learning to identify different species of planktonic and benthic forams.