Katherine Haviland

Cornell University Graduate Field of Natural Resources
Cornell University Department of Ecology & Evol. Biology
Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Summer Visiting Graduate Student

Cell: 410-652-0117

Email: kah334@cornell.edu


National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellow
2018-2022 recipient in field of geosciences—biogeochemistry

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Howarth-Marino Lab
PhD in Natural Resources, expected 2023

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Howarth-Marino Lab
M.S. in Natural Resources, August 2019
Concentration: Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
Research on the relationship between sediment conditions, S-speciation and cycling, and Zostera marina health in West Falmouth Harbor, MA

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA
B.S. in Geographical Information Sciences, minor in Hydrology
Degree awarded May 2017


Cornell University Graduate Field of Natural Resources, Ithaca, New York
Graduate researcher studying estuarine sediment biogeochemistry as it relates to eutrophication and other forms of human-induced change.  Emphasis on sulfur-cycling, organic carbon, and sediment dynamics in eelgrass meadow ecosystems.  Broad research interests include marine angiosperm-dominated ecosystems, sediments in human-altered systems, and near-shore coastal sediment biogeochemistry.  Multidisciplinary study includes interactions with researchers in the departments of Natural Resources, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Soil and Plant Sciences, Environmental Engineering, and Microbiology.
Graduate Fellow (M.S.), 2017-2019; Graduate Fellow (PhD), 2019 – present

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Summer research appointment through Cornell University to conduct field, laboratory, and computer-based research on estuarine biogeochemistry at West Falmouth Harbor, Massachusetts. 
Visiting Graduate Researcher, 2017-present

UMD Dept. of Geology, Paleoclimatology Co-Laboratory, College Park, Maryland
Analyzed and prepared cellulose samples through 13C and 18O mass spectrometry, using a Costech IRMS and EA.  Trained other students in standard operating procedures specific to the paleoclimate co-laboratory, and collaborated with researchers from UMD, U Arizona, New Zealand, Switzerland, and China, among other locales.  Received lab safety training, including RCR training and chemical hygiene training.  Worked safely with toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide.
Lab Technician, November 2016 to June 2017

UMD Dept. of Geographical Sciences, College Park, Maryland
Assisted in the creation of a model looking at large-scale land acquisitions (or land-grabs) on a global scale.  Used R software to create a stepwise multivariate linear regression to determine relationships between environmental governances and land acquisitions.
Undergraduate research assistant, January 2015-May 2015; August 2015-November 2016

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, Maryland
Conducted independent research related to the effects of sea level rise on the estuarine ecology of the northern Chesapeake Bay region.  Created a tool to be used by the Estuary Center to assess future climate change.  Used kayaks to reach 4 isolated research sites.  Produced 50+ pages of independent research reports, a published newsletter (See publications), 12 maps (via ArcGIS software), and presented findings before an audience of 40+ people.
Research Intern, May 2015 to January 2016


CALS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Received May 2020

BIOG1500: Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratory
Laboratory Instructor, Cornell University
Fall 2019-Spring 2020

BIOEE1610: Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment
Teaching Assistant, Cornell University
Spring 2018

NTRES1101: Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability
Teaching Assistant, Cornell University
Fall 2017

Community Involvement

• Cornell Department of Natural Resources Graduate Student Association: executive board (Webmaster), 2018-2020
• Cornell Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Sciences Graduate Student Association: vice-president, 2019-2020
• Graduate Women in Science, Ithaca Chapter
• Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University
• Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, UMD Chapter
• Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Honor Society, UMD Chapter


AAUS Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Science Diver
Science Diver #484, issued July 15 2018 by Edward O’Brien and Kimberly Malkoski (WHOI)
Training included underwater data collection, communication in low-visibility, navigation in low visibility and high currents, and emergency principles and preparedness. 
Certification requires 12+ dives per year.

NAUI Open Water SCUBA certification
Certification #: 8565BD3
Issued July 2 2018 by Edward O’Brien (51454)

Divers’ Alert Network (DAN) First Aid and O2 Administration for professional divers
Completed/certified July 2018 (WHOI)

American Red Cross CPR/AED
Completed/certified July 2018 (WHOI)


  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Meeting, November 4, 2019:
    The relationship between eelgrass and porewater sulfides in a eutrophic estuary
  • New England Estuarine Research Society, April 26, 2019:
    Seagrass health in a eutrophic coastal marine ecosystem as affected by sediment organic matter, sulfur, and soluble sulfide
  • Master’s Thesis seminar, April 19, 2019
    Seagrass health in a eutrophic coastal marine ecosystem as affected by sediment organic matter, sulfur, and soluble sulfide
  • Natural Resources GSA Symposium; January 18, 2019:
    Sediment Sulfides in a Eutrophic Seagrass Meadow Ecosystem
  • Cornell Univ. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology GSA Symposium; December 5, 2018:
    Porewater Sulfides in a Eutrophic Seagrass Meadow Ecosystem
  • Natural Resources GSA Symposium; January 17, 2018:
    Sediment sulfur cycling in a eutrophic estuary
  • Cornell Univ. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology GSA Symposium; December 4, 2017
    The effects of long-term N-enrichment on estuarine sediment biogeochemistry
  • The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center Winter Speaker Series; January 19, 2016
    Summer Intern Presentation: Projected effects of sea-level rise at Otter Point Creek


Kaushal, S.S., Wood, K.L., Galella, J.G., Gion, A.M., Haq, S., Goodling, P.J., Haviland, K.A., Reimer, J.E., Morel, C.J., Wessel, B. and Nguyen, W., 2020. Making ‘chemical cocktails’–Evolution of urban geochemical processes across the Periodic Table of elements. Applied Geochemistry, 104632.

Kaushal, S. S., Gold, A. J., Bernal, S., Johnson, T. A. N., Addy, K., Burgin, A., Burns, D.A, Coble, A.A., Hood, E., Lu, Y., Mayer, P., Minor, E.C., Schroth, A.W., Vidon, P., Wilson, H., Xenopoulos, M.A.,  Doody, T, Galella, J.G, Goodling, P., Haviland, K., Haq, S., Wessel, B., Wood, K.L., Jaworski, N., & Belt, K.T.  (2018). Watershed ‘chemical cocktails’: forming novel elemental combinations in Anthropocene fresh waters. Biogeochemistry, 141(3), 281-305.

Haviland, Katherine. (2016).  “Projected Effects of Sea Level Rise at Otter Point Creek.” The Otter’s Tale, Winter 2016, XXI:1.  

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