Catherine Murphy is a quantitative ecologist who recently joined WEST as the Senior Science Coordinator for the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program in the Albuquerque, New Mexico office. Originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, Catherine has over 20 years of experience with the U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, where she developed her career in freshwater fisheries, habitat assessment and environmental compliance pertaining to civil works and water resource issues for the Corps of Engineers.
She holds a B. S. in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as a Master of Applied Statistics and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Louisiana State University. Her recent research has focused on floodplain connectivity in the Lower Mississippi River and water quality impairment in warm-water streams, but she has also devoted considerable time to conservation of endangered fishes and management of aquatic nuisance species. Catherine co-teaches courses on stream restoration methodology and data analysis for the River-Coastal Science and Engineering program at Tulane University.