Kat is a Research Associate with the Smart Prosperity Institute. She has a BSc in biology from Queen’s University and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Ottawa. Kat is based in Ottawa and has previously worked as a policy researcher for the Green Party of Canada. She has a deep love of animals, which in her academic and professional career translated into an interest in habitat and species conservation and the policy mechanisms involved in conservation. In her spare time, Kat enjoys reading a bit of everything, knitting, crocheting, cooking and exploring nature with or without her dog.