Katya Wowk, Ph.D.

Senior Associate for Strategic Planning and Policy
Senior Leadership
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HRI 210B
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B.S., Biology and Ecology (minor: Political Science), Central Connecticut State University, May 2004
M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, May 2005
Ph.D. in International Marine Policy, University of Delaware, August 2011

Kateryna (Katya) Wowk is an expert in using multidisciplinary approaches to achieve sustainable management of human impacts on coastal and marine areas, with a focus on coastal hazards and resilience.  At HRI, she leads strategic planning for the institute and helps link science to policy, decision-making and societal outcomes.  Prior to her position with HRI, Katya served as Senior Social Scientist to the Chief Economist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as Senior Policy Officer to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management.  There she led NOAA and interagency efforts related to Hurricane Sandy Recovery, National Ocean Policy, and the National Drought Resilience Partnership.  Katya also worked as a Consultant for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands and for the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.  Katya holds a PhD in International Marine Policy from the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.