Katherine Charton (She/hers)
Credentials: PhD Student - Damschen Lab
I broadly study plant ecology with a particular emphasis on community response to climate and disturbance. I use field experimentation to understand how communities will adapt to changing conditions and inform land management and conservation priorities.
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in iBio?
I was drawn to the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the iBio program, as well as the abundant natural areas close to the university that can be used for field research.
Why or what do you love about the program?
There is very little competition among students and faculty, and we work to build each other up, learn cooperatively, and encourage learning and growth
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a research career in the public sector, ideally with a state or federal agency or nonprofit. I love mentoring so hope my future career includes working with interns or other young professionals.
Fun Fact: I was a part-time lifeguard and swim coach for nearly 7 years. I love how close we are to the water in Madison and make a point to swim and boat as much as I can in the summer months!
I earned my B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California-Berkeley in 2017.