Kathryn Davis

Kathryn Davis




(408) 924-5485


Washington Square Hall 115E

Fall 2017
Office Hours

Tuesday 1:00PM - 3:00PM


Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley

M.A., History (Gender and Latin America), San Francisco State University

B.A. History, San Francisco State University


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Kate joined the Environmental Studies Department in Fall 2016 after 15 years in the Geography Department.

Kate earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley in Geography with a focus on Environmental History of coastal and ocean environments. Her research interests primarily focus on environmental history and history of science. She has written about the Monterey sardine industry and served as historical consultant for the Monterey Bay Aquarium during the design phase of the new entry lobby that opened in 2004. She also has interests in environmental literature and biography. Kate has conducted research and written about American women explorers and scientists of the early-to-mid-20th century. She is currently completing a science biography, tentatively titled, At Home in the Wild: The Botanical Adventures of Ynes Mexia.

Kate is developing a new Environmental Studies course on ocean environments. She is passionate about educating people about the necessity for protecting our marine environment and all life within. She has a special place in her heart for octopuses and other deep sea creatures as illustrated by her talk “Loving the Uglies: Why We Should Care About Deep Ocean Species.”