Kathy is from the small town of Yolla on the north-west coast of Tasmania. During her studies at UTAS and travels in-between semesters she witnessed the large amount of plastic waste entering the marine environment and the lack of appropriate waste management to control it. This sparked her passion to understand waste management in both developed and developing nations and strategies reducing the amount of waste entering the marine environment.
Kathy joined the CSIRO Marine Debris team in 2016 as a PhD candidate. Her research investigates Australian local government waste abatement policies, outreach programs and infrastructure and their effectiveness at reducing waste in the marine environment.