High Meadows Fellow Environmental Analyst
Katherine Woolford joins the DRK team as an Environmental Analyst to perform research and analytics for investment opportunities in the environmental sector. She enters as a member of Princeton University’s High Meadows Fellowship Program, which was was created to provide an opportunity for graduating Princeton seniors to join leading non-profit organizations in the environmental sphere.
Katherine received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. Within the department, Katherine was a member of Dr. Mary Caswell Stoddard’s lab. Her senior thesis focused on blue carbon storage in mangrove forests and seagrass meadows, primarily investigating how connectivity between the two ecosystems would improve primary productivity and carbon sequestration. She performed extensive fieldwork in these habitats in Panama, Bermuda, and Mexico during each of her undergraduate summers. Her thesis won the prize for Marine Biology and earned her membership to the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society. On-campus, she joined Postdoc Paul Gauthier’s Vertical Farm Project to aid in experiments for optimizing plant health and crop production. Outside of the lab and the field, Katherine was the sustainability chair for her social dining club, piloting initiatives to reduce plastic waste at campus social events. She also served as CEO of Princeton’s Kappa Alpha Theta chapter, a role which included coordinating fundraisers for The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.