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Katherine (Kate) Holmes is an Associate Conservation Scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Global Marine Program and Visiting Scientist of the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Kate currently supports WCS’ conservation programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Western Africa and draws from her experience working in Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean on marine management, biocultural conservation, reef ecology, and sea turtle biology. Recently Kate led a team of conservation biologists in Myanmar in compiling past marine research, conducting stakeholder surveys, and mapping coastal habitats in order to create a planning document that if foundational for marine conservation planning and strategic implementation along Myanmar’s coast. She has also contributed to sea turtle research with WCS’s programs in Nicaragua and Belize. Previously Kate was the Director for the WCS Papua New Guinea (PNG) Marine Program, where, along with PNG staff and community members, Kate promoted marine conservation in priority seascapes in PNG and Melanesia through developing and implementing science-based, community-driven field conservation and capacity building programs. Kate started working in Melanesia in 1999 when she executed a three-year project documenting customary marine management practices and creating non-formal educational tools to encourage a blend of traditional and modern approaches to conservation in Vanuatu. Kate continued conducting biocultural research there in recent years while working for the American Museum of Natural History through documenting language use and cultural practices associated with the marine environment. Kate has been involved with collaborative research projects at Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific studying local sea turtle populations and coral community dynamics; supported a multi-disciplinary project investigating marine reserve network design in the Bahamas; contributed to the establishment of marine reserves in the Philippines; conducted marine research in Indonesia and Barbados focusing on reef bioerosion; and participated in ecological research in Ecuador and Canada. Kate holds an M.Sc in Biology from McGill University.