Katherine (Kate) Herries is a Master’s candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her current research focuses on reconstructing sea level rise during the last deglaciation. She is using U-Th dating techniques on Hawaiian corals to resolve the age of the glacial meltwater pulse 1a. She is also analyzing the coral samples for post-mortem biogeochemical processes that may disrupt the U/Th measurements.

Kate received her B.S. in 2016 from Missouri University of Science and Technology. There she conducted undergraduate research on the paleoclimate of Storr’s Lake, the Bahamas. For this research, she flew to the Bahamas for field work in a hypersaline lake collecting living stromatolite samples.

This will be Kate’s first cruise with Schmidt (and in general). She is very excited for this experience researching on the Falkor.