ktafoya@iu.edu

Kat is an undergraduate at Indiana University majoring in Animal Behavior B.S. with minors in Geographic Information Science & Remote Sensing, Anthropology, and Biology. Her research interests include conservation biology, primatology, and wildlife management.
Since joining PEEL in 2016, Kat has worked with Dr. Michael Wasserman to conduct an analysis of fecal estradiol and progesterone to determine the reproductive state of red colobus monkeys (Piliocolobus tephrosceles). In 2017, Kat conducted research in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula through the Danta Field School. In 2018, she collected data for her honors thesis at Kibale National Park, Uganda, and will continue data collection in Costa Rica in 2019 as a part of the PEEL NSF IRES program. Her thesis examines a time series analysis of primate populations and land use/forest cover change at biological research stations, primarily in Costa Rica.
Outside of PEEL, Kat is a project manager in the Critical Food Studies Lab at IU, and an undergraduate researcher in the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL).