Cat earned a B.A. and a PhD. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her doctoral research focused on host-parasite interactions in the rocky intertidal zone. As a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology, she transitioned to focusing on human impacts to nearshore marine program. In this position, she studied how multiple stressors (overfishing, nutrient enrichment, and enhanced sediment load) drove transitions to macroalgae on tropical coral reefs, and assessed whether mitigation of these stressors could drive recovery. Cat started as an NCEAS postdoctoral fellow with the Conservation Aquaculture Research Team (CART), where she will be assisting in the development of an Aquaculture Action Plan for the state of California.