Cathy Jachowski recently completed her Ph.D. program in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. In the Hopkins Lab, her research focused on a long lived and fully aquatic salamander, the hellbender, that has declined across much of its range for unclear reasons.
Cathy is broadly interested in understanding how environmental alterations influence populations, particularly through sub-lethal effects occurring at the individual level. Her hellbender research focused on how land use might influence host density, physiology and exposure to parasites, and how these factors might interact to influence survival and reproduction.
Cathy earned a B.S. in environmental science from Georgetown College in her home state of Kentucky, and a M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the University of Missouri. In addition to involvement in research on animal movements, resource selection, disease, monitoring and contaminant exposure, Cathy spent several years teaching informal outdoor science classes for the public and worked as a resource staff scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. She is particularly passionate about science communication and bridging boundaries between science, society and policy to achieve sustainable solutions.
Cathy graduated in December 2016, and is now an Assistant Professor at Clemson University in the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department.