Kristin is a PhD student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. She earned a BSc in Marine Biology and a minor in Geography from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. As an undergraduate researcher, Kristin studied the metabolism of the California horn shark Heterodontus francisci under the direction of Dr. Christopher Lowe of the CSULB Shark Lab. She studied the community dynamics of shallow coral reefs on the shores of St. John, USVI as a National Science Foundation REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) intern with Dr. Peter Edmunds of the California State University, Northridge Polyp Lab. Kristin completed her Masters in Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences in 2019 and is continuing her work with the Punt Lab as a PhD student.
Kristin is interested in studying the methods used to calculate scientific uncertainty in fishery stock assessments, investigating how scientific uncertainty is used in setting catch limits, and leveraging uncertainty to conduct decision analysis techniques (e.g., management strategy evaluations). Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Usha and S. Rao Varanasi Endowed Fellowship in Environmental and Marine Stewardship, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service, and the UW SAFS Graduate Student Fellowship.