Katie Barnhill is a second year PhD student in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, minoring in Genetics, Engineering, and Society. Katie’s research interests include public engagement and participation around environmental and natural resource issues, with a particular focus on cultural diversity and environmental justice in participatory and governance processes, as well as risk perception of these issues. She is exploring these themes in genetically modified trees with field sites in Central and Upstate New York and South Africa.
Katie holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, a Higher Diploma in World Heritage Management from a UNESCO program at the University College Dublin, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina.
Katie hopes to remain in the academy, finding that elusive balance that allows her to continue teaching and conducting research, while allowing time for the other things that she loves: traveling, hiking, biking, camping, skiing, growing things, being in or near the water, spending time in the mountains, all of which she prefers to do in the company of her overly indulged dog, Ruthie, and infinitely supportive partner, Rick. Katie lives in Durham (it’s weirder there, and the food delicious) with said pair and their (his) cat Khilari.