Katherine Hayes

PhD Candidate

University of Colorado

Hi! I’m Kate. I’m a PhD candidate in the Biology department at the University of Colorado Denver. I work in the intersection of paleoecology, landscape and disturbance ecology, studying how ecosystems change over time and space.

I’m interested in how changing disturbance regimes alter ecosystems and how we can make science more open and accessible.


  • Ecological impacts of disturbance
  • Long-term ecological change


  • PhD in Integrative and Systems Biology

    University of Colorado Denver

  • MS in Geography, 2018

    University of Oregon

  • BS in Geography, Environmental Studies and Spanish, 2016

    University of Wisconsin Madison

Recent Publications

Harnessing NEON to evaluate ecological tipping points - Opportunities, challenges, and approaches


Harnessing the NEON data revolution to advance open environmental science with a diverse and data-capable community