Kate completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours at Deakin University. Her Honours research explored eDNA detection methods for major marine pests including the Northern Pacific seastar (Asterias amurensis) and wakame kelp (Undaria pinnatifida). She is now continuing this work to optimise detection for a range of invasive marine species found within Port Phillip Bay using molecular techniques. She hopes to continue research in the development of marine biosecurity monitoring and surveillance.
Kate also works across a range of other projects, including processing samples for the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and methods to improve seagrass restoration.