About the Speaker
Katie Kennedy is an Applied River Scientist with The Nature Conservancy, based in Western Massachusetts. For 20 years, she has been working collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups to find creative ways to manage rivers that provide human benefits such as clean energy, flood control, water supply, irrigation, and recreation, while also providing the conditions necessary for a functioning and thriving river ecosystem. She has worked extensively in the Southeast and Northeast U.S. and has also had the privilege of working with TNC staff and partners in the Ganges River system of India. Her current portfolio of work includes collaborations in the Connecticut, Mississippi, and San Juan river systems, and in the 40 river systems across the U.S. where The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the US Army Corps of Engineers to re-manage Corps reservoirs for ecological benefits. She received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Eastern University, Pennsylvania, and her M.S. in Fisheries Genetics and Ph.D. in River Ecology and Management from Auburn University, Alabama.