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Kate Eschelbach is originally from Lancaster, Ohio and is a 2001 graduate of Denison University with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. Kate is also a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a masters in City and Regional Planning. While at UNC, she focused on environmental and coastal planning and developed a natural hazards assessment for the North Carolina state hazard mitigation plan. After graduation, she worked at Duke University in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and completed a John A. Knauss Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellowship with the NOAA Biogeography Team. While at NOAA, she primarily worked on a marine protected area boundary decision support system for Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary. She also recently co-authored a text book on natural hazards mitigation with her colleagues at UNC. Kate currently works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife biologist for the Mojave Desert. She lives in Camarillo, CA, with her husband, John, and cat, Cobie, where she volunteers as a whale watching boat naturalist for Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary, loves to go sailing and running, and is still a huge fan of UNC men’s basketball.