My name is Katherine Dziedzic and I am a coral reef biologist with training in genetics and genomics and a passion for bridging science and policy to create solutions to emerging ocean issues. I received my Ph.D. under Drs. Eli Meyer and Virginia Weis at Oregon State University.
I'm currently a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University working with Drs. Jane Lubchenco and Kirsten Grorud-Colvert. I am working to analyze the impact of marine protected areas around the world and whether commitments made at high profile international meetings are being met to achieve the global target of 10% protection by 2020.
In my Ph.D. research, I explored mechanisms of thermal tolerance and adaptation in coral reef species. Specifically, I explored (1) the contribution of genetic factors in corals’ capacity for thermal tolerance, looking at heritable variation in natural populations of corals already experiencing the effects of climate change and (2) variation in the capacity of acclimation within and between coral species and contributions from the coral host through gene expression and symbiont species abundance over time.
I have been very passionate about communicating science through a variety of avenues - the general public, scientific audiences, and policy-makers and managers. I am constantly thinking about ways to bridge the gap between science and policy as well as educate the general public about what is happening to coral reef ecosystems around the world.
Oregon State University 2013-2019
Ph.D., Zoology, Integrative Biology Department
Co-Advisors: Drs. Eli Meyer and Virginia Weis
Dissertation: Thermal Tolerance and Adaptation in Cnidarians: An Investigation of Host Transcriptomic Responses and Heritable Variation in Natural Populations
University of Miami, FL 2009-2013
B.S. Marine Science and Biology
Thesis: Comparison of symbiont density metrics used to study coral-algal symbiosis
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Baker