Degree: Master of Science in Environmental Studies
College/School: School of Environment, Arts and Society, College of Arts, Sciences & Education
After being gifted a microscope in elementary school, Kathryn Braddock began a relationship with nature that continues to inspire her to this day. From filtering through samples of ditch water and grass in her backyard to adventures spanning the trails of Yellowstone National Park and the mountainsides of Scotland, Kathryn always knew that she wanted to pursue studies in the natural sciences. In 2015, Kathryn graduated from the University of Miami with bachelor’s degrees in biology and anthropology.
Kathryn enrolled at FIU to pursue a master’s degree in environmental studies. As part of her research, she worked with the Little Traverse Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the natural and scenic character of northern Michigan. Kathryn researched land owner concerns and motivations regarding land preservation. Her work has been published in Natural Areas Journal, the flagship publication of the Natural Areas Association. It serves as a case for emphasizing people and their perceptions and attitudes in the implementation of conservation initiatives.
Upon graduating, Kathryn will conduct field research in Galapagos National Park in the Galapagos Islands. She will use GIS technologies to inform park management and resource allocation. She will also apply to Ph.D. programs. Her long-term research goals include natural resource management and conservation policy, as well as the human dimensions of these disciplines.
By Evelyn Gonzalez
Account Manager, College of Arts, Sciences, & Education