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Kimberly B. Catton, PhD.


Research Scientist and Scholar Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-3689   Office: Engineering A205C

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Areas of Interest

 Multi-scale pollutant transport in aquatic systems Small-scale ecological and fluid interactions (phytoplankton and zooplankton)Statistical analysis of complex ecological and engineered systems


Dr. Kimberly Catton is a research scientist/professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU. Her area of expertise is in ecological fluid mechanics. Dr. Catton was born in Northern California where she attended the University of California at Davis. She earned a B.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering. Her master’s research was on effectiveness of biofilters to remove low concentrations of nitric oxide from engine exhaust. Upon graduation, Dr. Catton worked as an engineering consultant for Carollo Engineers, a water and wastewater consulting firm, on wastewater treatment plant design and groundwater supply studies.

After receiving her professional engineering license (P.E.), she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to study environmental fluid mechanics and marine ecology as a NSF IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, she studied the small-scale fluid interactions of marine organisms in the context of ecological concepts such as predator-prey interactions and species success. Dr. Catton currently works on freshwater phytoplankton and zooplankton dynamics in Colorado lakes and reservoirs. Her current work uses complex systems analysis in ecological systems to solve environmental problems.