Catherine received her PhD from the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami in 2017. Her dissertation studied interactions between humans and wildlife. She is a summa cum laude and phi beta kappa graduate of Amherst College, and was a 2007-2008 Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Her fellowship year funded her field research on shark in the Bahamas, South Africa, Mozambique, Australia, and Malaysia. From 2011-2016, she served as the Intern Coordinator for the University of Miami's Shark Research and Conservation Program, where she trained and mentored undergraduate and M.S. students.
She serves as the Director of Field School, a marine science education and training organization. Field School offers field skills training to marine science students while engaging them in research designed to further to ocean conservation in South Florida and the Bahamas. She is also a Lecturer in Marine Conservation Biology at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science.