Kate is a geologist with research and teaching interests that center around provenance studies, stratigraphy, and tectonics, especially the use of petrography and mineral geochemistry to decipher source-area regional geologic histories and sedimentation records.
Kate has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, California, and Mexico. Kate’s current research includes work on Conglomerates and the transport and abrasion of boulders during transport. Kate is also working with students on various aspects of Quaternary glacio-fluvial sediments in Minnesota, and structural, petrographic, geochemical studies on Proterozoic and Archean rocks in Minnesota. Kate is a registered Professional Geologist in the State of Minnesota (License # 30500).
Kate is also actively involved in Earth Science Education and outreach; she works with pre- and in-service teachers, and was a lead instructor for the TIMES project (Teaching Inquiry-based Minnesota Earth Science) since 2002-2018, and is involved with the development of hands-on activities for classrooms and labs at the K-12 and undergraduate level. Kate is part of the Earth Science Teacher Education Program (ESTEP) supported in summer 2021 by the Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MNSTA). Kate is very interested in outreach and education activities in the Earth Sciences.
Kate participated in ANDRILL (the NSF-funded Antarctic Geologic Drilling Project) in 2006/2007, and is a co-author of a Lab Textbook ‘Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History Inquiry-based Exercises for Lab and Class (St. John, K., Leckie, R.M., Pound, K., Jones, M., and Krissek, L., 2012, Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History Inquiry-based Exercises for Lab and Class. Wiley Blackwell, 485p.). The second edition of this textbook is in press! It will be available in September 2021!
Kate (with Drs. Srock and Petzold) received the St. Cloud State University Hellervik Prize ($10,000) in 2015 for her research project titled ‘Stream Transport of Cobbles and Boulders: How Fast and How Far?’ This research is ongoing.
Kate completed her undergraduate degree in geology at Middlebury College and her PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She completed post-doctoral research at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.