Catherine Welke graduated from King’s in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is nearing completion of her master’s thesis on population genetics of white-crowned sparrows, which she will defend in August 2018 at the University of Lethbridge.
Before returning to King’s to teach organismal biology, she was a prairie restoration intern for Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies on Whidbey Island. She also studied paternal behavior in sparrows at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado, a high-elevation research station. Catherine finds much joy in teaching the introductory biology labs and dropping as many bird-nerd facts as possible.