Kathryn Hart was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN, and graduated last Spring from Indiana University Bloomington with a BS in Environmental Science and minors in Spanish and Global Cuisine – Sustainable Food Studies. Kathryn is an alum of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz and completed her program internship at Año Nuevo Reserve in 2021 where she established the reserve’s pinniped skull collection. Her education was also enriched by her time abroad in Costa Rica where she completed a Tropical Ecology and Conservation Semester at the CIEE Campus in Monteverde. Kathryn is interested in all things nutrition, food culture, and production, so she individually developed her minor in Food Studies to complement her science-heavy background. Now as PRNSA’s Elephant Seal Monitoring Intern, she is exploring opportunities for permanent employment in Central California science or food sectors. Her main career goal is to help bridge gaps between ecology and food systems through community education and interdisciplinary collaboration.