Katie has over a decade of experience as a senior analyst and modeller with Ecofish. She has extensive experience in programming applications for habitat assessment, including instream flow modelling, and has developed a number of tools to evaluate instream flow needs for streams. Her years of experience supporting instream flow permitting for run-of-river hydroelectric projects in BC has seen her conduct instream flow physical habitat modelling for numerous streams. This includes completing instream flow effects assessments that comply with provincial guidelines, supporting proponents in addressing regulatory concerns related to stream flow and flow ramping, and providing third-party technical reviews of instream flow work.
Extending existing instream flow methodologies from simple quantification of physical fish habitat, Katie has developed methods to assess the effects of flow on incubation, stranding likelihood, and migration patterns, and has programmed custom analytic tools to facilitate these analyses. She is the lead developer of an individually based GIS model application to simulate fish movement in the Madeira River in Brazil, and led the development of a desktop application for assessing winter flow needs in BC for the Ministry of Environment.