Catherine Macdonald

Research Asst. Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-2721
Locator Code:
4236

 
About

Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science and Policy - Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science

Dr. Catherine Macdonald is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist and Lecturer at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami. She is the Track Coordinator for the Marine Conservation track of the Masters of Professional Science Program, and teaches courses in Marine Conservation Biology, Shark Ecology and Conservation, and marine field research skills. Her interdisciplinary research is focused on science-basedconservation of marine environments and species, especially in highly human-impacted habitats.

Dr. Macdonald is the co-founder and Director of Field School, a marine field science training program with a focus on conducting safe and responsible marine field work in an inclusive and supportive environment. She has more than a decade of research experience with sharks and rays, and is an internationally recognized trainer in animal handling and restraint. She conducts social, biological, ecological, and fisheries research at field sites in South Florida and the Eastern Caribbean. Dr. Macdonald is a 2021 National Geographic Explorer through a grant supporting her research following her team’s discovery of the first known nursery for the Critically Endangered great hammerhead on the east coast of the United States. Her work has been covered in national and international media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Geographic.

Catherine works to increase safe and welcoming field research opportunities for historically (and often currently) excluded groups in STEM, particularly scientists of color, women, and LGBTQ+ scientists. She is a “Friend of MISS (Minorities in Shark Science) and was the 2021 winner of the Student-Led Evaluations and Development Committee (SLED) Mentor of the Year award.