Harmful Species Program Coordinator | 907-235-4797 | cmbursch (at) uaa.alaska.edu
Catie Bursch began working for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve the spring of 2004. She has served in multiple roles while at the Reserve, including Marine Educator for K-12 students and adults, and as a Scientific Illustrator, creating a variety of illustrated guides including Marine Phytoplankton of Kachemak Bay, and Common Sculpin of Cook Inlet. Currently, she oversees the Reserve’s Harmful Species Program, working with citizen scientists to monitor Kachemak Bay for harmful algal blooms, invasive tunicates, and for the potential threat of European green crabs. She enjoys helping people expand their knowledge of Kachemak Bay and its workings and finds that her job at the Reserve accommodates her love of science, art, and teaching. Catie received training as a Natural Science Illustrator. She spends her summers commercial fishing in Bristol Bay with her husband and two daughters, and enjoys spending her free time outside hiking or skiing in the Wrangell Mountains and in Homer.