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Kate Hanson

NCEP Science Editorial Fellow

Research Interests

Kate Hanson joined the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation in 2012. Kate serves as a Science Editorial Fellow, working with the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) to develop and review education modules for undergraduate-level conservation biology courses.

Kate is a passionate supporter of active, field- and natural history-based education and is thrilled to be working with NCEP’s conservation biology experts and educators.

Kate’s research has taken her to coral reefs of the Bahamas, Hawaii, the Florida Keys, Bermuda, Australia, and French Polynesia. Her current research focuses on connections between coral reefs and oceanic ecosystems, and the physical and biological processes that influence exchange between reef and oceanic food webs. Kate received her Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA and holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.


  • Stier, AC, Geange SW, Hanson, KM. Predator density and timing of arrival affect reef fish community assembly. In Review. Ecology.
  • Leichter, JJ, Paytan A, Wankel S, Hanson K (2007) Nitrogen and oxygen isotopic signatures of subsurface nitrate seaward of the Florida Keys reef tract. Limnology and Oceanography 52:1258 - 1267.