TitleProgram Specialist, GoMRI
Katie Fillingham joined in June 2011 as the summer Policy Intern. She began working with the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) as the Program Assistant in October 2011. In August 2013, she transitioned to working with the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) as Program Specialist. She has been working with the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) as Program Specialist since January 2015. In this role, Katie primarily works on communications and outreach activities for GoMRI.
Katie attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Marine Geology, and Paleoceanography. While an undergrad, she interned at the International Arctic Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she studied the relationship between land-fast sea ice and climate change. Her Master's research focused on understanding the peculiar recurrence of Braarudosphaera blooms in the South Atlantic during the early Oligocene. She especially enjoyed working with Ocean Drilling Program core samples and learning to identify different species of planktonic and benthic forams. Katie worked for a non-profit organization in Wisconsin before moving to D.C. to work with COL.