Kate directs the lab group, teaches and mentors students. Her research interests include isotopic biogeochemistry, paleoclimate and new methods in organic isotope analyses. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, earned her M.S. and Ph.D. working with John Hayes at Indiana University, and was a postdoc with Stuart Wakeham at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Kate is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Geochemical Society, the American Academy of Microbiology and the Geological Society of America. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.