Kate received her BSc in Biology from the University of Winnipeg (1980), her MSc in Botany from the University of Manitoba (1984), and her PhD in Botany from the University of Toronto (1994). She is a plant ecologist, with a special interest in bryophytes (mosses and liverworts), especially in temperate and boreal forests.
Most of her research is field-oriented, and examines the impacts of, and recovery from, anthropogenic disturbances such as forest management. She has worked in forests in Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and New York. She has taught extensively, at universities in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, and has won numerous teaching and educational leadership awards at the local, regional and national levels.
|1997||Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, UNB|
|1998, 1999||"Popular prof" for UNB, Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities|
|2001-2004||University Teaching Professor (inaugural award, University of New Brunswick)|
|2002||Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Distinguished Teacher Award|
|2005||Departmental Award for Teaching Excellence (Biology, University of New Brunswick)|
|2006||Neil Scott Educational Leadership Award (inaugural award, University of New Brunswick)|
|2007||AAU Instructional Leadership Award (first person to receive both AAU awards)|
|2008||3M National Teaching Fellowship|