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Kate Lowry

Kate Lowry, PhD

Dr. Kate Lowry ('06) is a fellow at the Science Philanthropy Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to increase private funding for basic science research. 
As an ocean and earth scientist, Kate conducted research as a postdoctoral scholar from 2016 to 2018 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she remains appointed as a guest investigator. She completed her graduate and undergraduate education at Stanford University, receiving her PhD in Environmental Earth System Science and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Earth Systems. Kate is currently appointed as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Since 2009, her oceanographic research has focused on understanding the impacts of climate change on phytoplankton in polar marine ecosystems and has resulted in over 20 scientific publications to date. She has conducted fieldwork during nine expeditions to the Arctic Ocean, Antarctica, and the Pacific Ocean, spending nearly a year at sea aboard icebreaker research vessels.

Kate grew up in Slidell, Louisiana, and graduated from LSMSA in 2006, where she discovered her passion for scientific research during a summer internship at NASA Ames Research Center that led her to compete as a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. Among other honors, Kate has been recognized as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and with a NASA Group Achievement Award. In addition to other volunteer work, Kate has served as a mentor, interviewer, and application reader for the Peninsula College Fund, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and mentoring to low-income first-generation college students. She currently lives in Palo Alto, CA.