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  • Kat is a biologist with the National Park Service's Air Resources Division (ARD) in Denver, CO. Her work largely involves coordinating the Dragonfly Mercury Project, a study that has engaged more than 100 parks and over 5,000 citizen scientists in collecting dragonfly larvae for mercury analysis. Kat was a 2018 Mosaics in Science intern at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where she got to work with bats and dragonflies, go on river trips, and make lifelong friends. The following summer, she returned to the park as a Geoscientists-in-the-Parks intern, and then continued to work as a Research Intern with Appalachian Mountain Club before landing her current position with ARD in 2020. Having studied both ecology and theatre in college, Kat is passionate about science communication and participatory science that engages diverse communities. She enjoys using her platform to encourage and inspire other people of color to pursue a career in the outdoors.