Katie Peterson

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Personal Profile

Katie Peterson is an environmental scientist for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Water Power Research and Development Group. She is involved in the Resource Characterization project, supporting data management, siting of buoys, and is the lead on the Marine Energy Atlas.

She is also the NREL project manager on the multi-lab PRIMRE project, and is assisting in data analysis and providing environmental science expertise in other projects at NREL.

Her background spans quantitative ecology, fisheries management, marine spatial planning, and field work in various ecosystems (coral reef, wetlands, grasslands).

Research Interests


Marine biology

Sustainable management

Socio-environmental systems

Professional Experience

Project Manager II, NREL (April–December 2022)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (2020–2022)

Wetlands Biologist, Coastal Estuary Services (2010–2012) 

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Marine Biology, James Cook University Queensland

Bachelor, Marine Biology, Louisiana State University

Bachelor, Coastal Environmental Science, Louisiana State University

Master, Marine Resource Management, University of California, Santa Barbara


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