Katherine Hayes

Postdoctoral Scientist

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Hi! I’m Kate. I’m an NSF Postdoctoral Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. 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


  • Ph.D. in Integrative and Systems Biology, 2022

    University of Colorado Denver

  • M.S. in Geography, 2018

    University of Oregon

  • B.S. in Geography, Environmental Studies and Spanish, 2016

    University of Wisconsin Madison