Dr. Katheryn Patterson

Posted: June 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm, Last Updated: May 3, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Foreign Affairs Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Katheryn Patterson, is a foreign affairs specialist at NOAA. She was awarded the prestigious Knauss Fellowship in 2016. Katheryn first became interested in marine policy while representing a non-profit in a stakeholder meeting, during a research trip to Belize. The topic of that discussion is now part of Belizean legislation. Knowing that her scientific findings influenced a policy was incredibly exciting and was a driving force for my desire to be involved in effecting change. Since then, Patterson has become well-versed in environmental legislation and is an experienced science communicator. Patterson graduated from Spring Hill College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental science and public policy from George Mason University.