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Katherine Mackey, Ph.D.

The Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences recipient. 

Katherine (Kate) Mackey, is an oceanographer whose research and findings in marine biogeochemistry are progressive and pioneering. Mackey has displayed a commitment to education and outreach that is seen daily at the University of California, Irvine where she is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science. Her current research focus is on the biological, chemical, and physical processes that govern the ocean’s response to human-caused global change. In particular, her lab studies the response of marine phytoplankton to changing nutrient and light conditions.  She is the author of 34 research papers, which have appeared in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Environmental Science and Technology, Plant Physiology, Frontiers in Microbiology, and Limnology & Oceanography among others. Mackey completed postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Marine Biological Laboratory, where she was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 2004 and 2010, respectively, and held graduate research fellowships from both the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. She earned two B.S. degrees in Biological Engineering and Plant Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mackey is dedicated to science education and outreach, and has published five articles related to advising and teaching, including articles on interdisciplinary scholarship, science literacy, distance education, and online learning.