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Katie Fillingham joined the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in June 2011 as the summer Policy Intern and began working as the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) Program Assistant in October 2011 following her internship. In August 2013, she transitioned to Program Specialist working with the U.S. Science Support Program and has been working as Program Specialist for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative since January 2015.
She attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, with an emphasis in climatology and paleoceanography. While an undergrad, she interned at the International Arctic Research Center on the University of Alaska-Fairbanks campus, studying the relationship between last-fast sea ice extent and climate change. Her graduate research focused on understanding the peculiar recurrence of Braarudosphaera blooms in the South Atlantic during the early Oligocene. She especially enjoyed working with Ocean Drilling Program core samples and learning to identify various species of planktonic and benthic forams. Hoping to one day work in non-profit administration and management, she worked for a county non-profit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before moving to DC to work with Ocean Leadership.