Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences
On leave as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation for 2017-18
Kathy’s broad interests in ecology and its applications to environmental and human health have led to a diverse array of projects over the past 15+ years – see her Google Scholar profile for a complete list of publications.
Kathy did her undergraduate work at Drew University, where she majored in mathematics, biology, lacrosse and field hockey (not necessarily in that order!). As a graduate student at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she studied the effects of nutrient enrichment and food web structure on freshwater plankton communities using a combination of simulation modeling, in situ mesocosms, and whole-lake experiments. After graduation, Kathy joined the first cohort of postdoctoral researchers at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California, where she conducted independent research on early warning indicators and participated in the “Intrinsic and extrinsic variability in community dynamics” and “Analysis of relationships between productivity and diversity“ working groups. She joined the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth in 1998 and began teaching courses in ecology and biostatistics while continuing to conduct research on freshwater plankton.
Over the past decade, Kathy’s research program has expanded to include projects in environmental microbiology, epidemiology, and public environmental health. Her current research projects include investigating the causes and consequences of cyanobacterial blooms in low nutrient lakes and quantifying arsenic exposure via food and water in the U.S. population.
Kathy is also increasingly engaged in science outreach: she serves as Vice-Chair of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association Science Advisory Committee; participates in science pubs and webinars; and was an OpEd Project Public Voices Fellow in 2013-14. She hopes to someday be a Leopold Leadership Fellow.
Departmental of Biological Sciences, 78 College St., Hanover, NH 03755
Office: Life Sciences Center, room 124
Email: Kathryn dot L dot Cottingham at dartmouth dot edu