Sara Cathey

Biological Sciences

Sara is studying the response of stream insect metacommunities in a river network to landscape disturbance as part of Dr. Bryan Brown’s lab.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine and Freshwater Biology from The University of Texas at Austin. As a student, she worked at the university’s Biodiversity Collections, cataloging specimens and processing samples for the Ichthyology collection. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant testing the keystone community concept. She then moved to Maine to work as a research assistant on a microplastic study, examining the global distribution of microplastic in the world’s surface waters.

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Freshwater systems are facing multiple stressors, all of which could affect stream biodiversity and system functioning. By participating in the Interfaces of Global Change program, Sara hopes to gain a more thorough understanding of how global changes will continue to threaten freshwater systems, so that she can help find solutions to mitigating the effects.

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