Katherine Doyle is a wildlife biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with over 25 years of field experience, both in the US and abroad. Kate’s love of the natural world began early. Growing up on a farm in Massachusetts, she spent most of her childhood exploring fields, swamps, and woodlands with an insatiable curiosity about how organisms behave and interact with their environment. In high school, she worked at a small zoo, developing a fascination with more exotic species and a particular fondness for mammals.
Kate pursued this passion in graduate school studying small mammals in a variety of habitats with a focus on endangered species. Since then, she has expanded her research interests to include the extreme ecosystems of the high Andes of South America. As lead mammalogist for eight international expeditions to Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina, Kate conducted rapid biodiversity assessments and is currently beginning work on predator-prey relationships and the impacts of climate change and glacial retreat on mammal communities. She has also worked with carnivore populations in Botswana, black bear in Massachusetts, and bats in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Kate received her BS and MS degrees in Wildlife Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she currently teaches, advises, and manages the Natural History Collections in the College of Natural Sciences. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the back woods of New England with her partner, Dave, and their chocolate lab, Clover.