Kathleen is an environmental scientist, with specific expertise in tropical and sub-tropical ecology and 25 years’ experience in environmental impact assessment and related disciplines. Working extensively in Florida, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, Kathleen is a native Floridian, who has been working and living in the Caribbean region since 1990. Her life and professional experiences have focused specifically on confronting the resource and capacity limitations of small-island developing states.

Often overseeing groups of consultants from disparate disciplines and cultural backgrounds, Kathleen has conceived, designed, managed and conducted research in all environmental disciplines. Her professional experience includes managing and conducting baseline ecological assessments, classifying and mapping terrestrial, wetland, coastal and marine habitats, preparing comprehensive environmental impact assessments, developing environmental education programmes, advising on environmentally sustainable development and working in association with private and public sector entities to develop environmental partnerships, legislation and policy. 

Most recently, she completed a two-year contract as the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Director of the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA), the country’s agency charged with oversight of protected areas, fisheries, coastal and wetland management, management of all natural resources and maritime affairs. During her tenure as the Director of DEMA, she managed a team of 25 enforcement, scientific, education and administrative professionals, with an annual operating budget of approximately US$3 million. She also independently raised approximately $1.5 million in funding for conservation initiatives. In addition to her scientific and management proficiencies, she is an accomplished author and editor, with numerous publications on the natural history of the Bahamas, Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos, and Snake River, Wyoming.

In association with Harvard University, Kathleen developed and is now implementing a multi-criteria environmental evaluation model, which combines remote sensing, rapid ecological assessment, GIS mapping and data analysis. The model is being field tested on East Caicos, the largest uninhabited island in the Caribbean. Methods are standardized, inexpensive, easy to implement and specifically suited to the limitations of small-island developing states (SIDS).

Kathleen is currently working as an environmental consultant, focusing on promoting understanding of the relationships between human culture and the environment and fostering the momentum for paradigm shifts that will be required to ensure resilience in a climactically challenged world.