I have experience communicating scientific principles to a wide range of audiences. My teaching approach is to connect these principles to something an individual cares about. This could mean exploring how our favorite recreational ecoregions are formed at the macro and micro scale.
I have a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and a Bachelors of Science in Agronomy. Plant and soil science is extremely cross-disciplinary and encompass multiple scales to answer basic and applied research questions regarding the occurrence, fate and transport of pathogens, pathogen indicators, nutrients and contaminants of emerging environmental concern (CoEECs) such as antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to surface and groundwater systems. My work is focused on the impacts of agricultural practices on water quality. Through unique environmental monitoring, conservation practices help to mitigate the impact of agricultural nonpoint source pollution on downstream waters, and reduce public exposure to these contaminants.
M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Ag. & Biosystems Engineering, Summer 2018
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Thesis: An Analysis of BMPs and Their Combined Effectiveness at Reducing Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sediment Export to the Black Hawk Lake Watershed, Iowa.
B.S. in Agronomy, Spring 2016
Concentration in Agroecology and Environmental Science.
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Faculty Research Associate 2, University of Connecticut Extension, Storrs, Connecticut, September 2018 to Present
Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, May 2016 to August 2018
Gene Bank Intern International Center for Potato Research, Lima Peru, 2015
Food and Agriculture Organization Research Intern, Rome, Italy, summer 2015
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Agronomy Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, August 2013 to May 2015
Research Poster Awarded 1st place at ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting 2017, Tampa, FL $500
Norman Borlaug Scholar summer 2015, $5000
Deans Global Leadership Scholarship summer 2015, $1500
Service Learning Scholar summer 2014, $3000
Van Der Woude, Katherine, "An analysis of BMPs and their combined effectiveness at reducing nitrate-nitrogen export to the Black Hawk Lake Watershed, Iowa" (2018). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 16681. (concealed information)
Van Der Woude, Katherine, and Kevin Jackson. “Conservation Planning.” Extension, University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, 5 July 2019, blog.extension.uconn.edu/2019/07/05/conservation-planning/.
Invited Talks and Presentations
Soil Health & Management, Northeast Organic Farming Association Annual Winter Conference, Oral Presentation, Bridgeport, CT, 2/23/2019
Katherine van der Woude & Kip Kolsinkas, Improving Existing Pastures and Establishing New Pasture through Soil Management, 2019
Katherine van der Woude & Kip Kolsinkas, 2020 Top 10 Issues Facing Vegetable Growers in Connecticut, Oral Presentation, Haddam, CT, 1/29/20
Professional Training and Teaching Experience
Connecticut NRSC Technical Service Provider, January 2020
Agronomy 114 Teaching Assistant, January 2013 – May 2015, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
5th Grade Math & Agroecology summer 2014, Kamuli Uganda
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