Fellowship institution:NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Science and Technology
Wencheng (Katherine) Slater will be working as a fishery ecosystem science and management specialist in the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology. She will be applying her experience in food-web dynamics and zooplankton ecology to ecosystem-based fishery management.
Slater is a doctoral student in biological oceanography at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is working at UMCES’ Horn Point Laboratory, studying predator-prey interactions between marine species in low-oxygen ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay. Slater has a M.S. in marine science from the National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan, where she is from.
Slater’s previous research included studying climate change and jellyfish blooms in Taiwan. She also worked with the Office of International and Tribal Affairs in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, assisting the International Environmental Partnership between the United States and Taiwan. Slater has a passion for public outreach and communication involving environmental science.
See Katherine's posts to Fellowship Experiences, Maryland Sea Grant's blog written by and about graduate fellows and their research: