- Fisheries Scientist (High Seas Salmon Research) – Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Anchorage
- M.Sc./Ph.D. Zoology, University of Hawaii-Manoa
- B.Sc. Biology, University of Idaho
- B.A. English, University of Idaho
Dr. Katie Howard is a Fisheries Scientist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She supervises fisheries research programs throughout the Arctic area (Norton Sound and north) and in marine waters of the Bering Sea for crab, herring, salmon, lamprey and whitefish species.
Dr. Howard received her undergraduate degrees at the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. After trading in her surfboard for skis, her primary research emphasis seeks to understand the estuarine and marine life history stage of salmon, which has been largely treated as a “black box” in salmon fisheries management. Dr. Howard’s research integrates marine life stage information into overall population dynamics for western Alaskan salmon stocks, and uses that information to develop management tools and inform fisheries decision-making. She enjoys mentoring FAST Lab students on their own research projects and providing experience and opportunities to work on Bering Sea trawl surveys.