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Katherine Kahl - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gloucester, MA, US

Katherine Kahl

Extension Assistant Professor, Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Resilience | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Katherine Kahl studies sustainable fisheries and coastal resilience needs and is an expert of growing the "blue economy."

Expertise (4)

Blue Economy

Coastal Resilience

Coastal Ecosystems

Sustainable Fisheries


Katie Kahl's work focuses on bridging the expertise of UMass Amherst with sustainable fisheries and coastal resilience needs. She is leader the North Shore Blue Economy initiative, integrating sustainable and resilient coastal and marine strategies with job growth and sustainable economic growth.

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Katherine Kahl at the UMass Amherst Marine Station  Gloucester


Education (3)

Michigan State University: Ph.D., Landscape Ecology/Fisheries and Wildlife

Michigan State University: M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife

Truman State Univesity: B.S., Biology

Select Media Coverage (5)

Marine Station helping keep port viable

Gloucester Daily Times  online


Dr. Kahl is the highly energetic, and wicked smart Gloucester resident hired to oversee things there. She and her small team toil out of a compact 1960s era government-constructed, single-floor, cinder-block building — now painted a happy coastal turquoise. The facility includes an efficient meeting room and small offices. Wet labs, necessary for the kind of marine work conducted on site, are also included.

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Study affirms bright future for blue economy

The Salem News  online


“The strength of our North Shore Blue Economy is a combination of mature and emerging specialized industry clusters and opportunities in both traditional maritime industries and technology-based industries not always perceived as being connected to the ocean,” Katie Kahl, an assistant professor of sustainable fisheries and coastal resilience at UMass Amherst, wrote in the executive summary of the study.

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Group looks seaward to grow 'blue economy'

The Salem News  print


Katherine Kahl, a professor of sustainable fisheries and coastal resilience at the University of Massachusetts based at the Gloucester Marine Station, turned people's attention to the ocean and its potential to grow the economy beyond our shores.

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Professor: Regional strategy could boost blue economy

Gloucester Daily Times  print


Katherine Kahl, environmental conservation and director of the Gloucester Marine Station, comments in a news story about efforts to jumpstart the so-called “blue economy” in that region of Massachusetts.

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Great Lakes Now Connect: Beaches - Panel 1

PBS  tv


Katherine Kahl moderates a panel discussion on the safety of Great Lakes beaches.

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