Kat Lyons

Kat Lyons

Conservation Project Coordinator

As the Conservation Project Coordinator, Kat facilitates the Climate Advisory Group in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership.

With an interdisciplinary background in environmental science and policy, Kat has focused on how conservation practitioners translate science into conservation strategies. She has had the opportunity to work at the local, regional, and national levels with the Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and as an intern at the White House Council of Environmental Quality.   Following her undergraduate degree, Kat joined the Society for Wilderness Stewardship as National Program Coordinator for their Wilderness Fellows program.  As an intern with the Center in 2019, Kat worked on indigenous collaborative conservation projects.  This experience led Kat to focus her masters project on the role that non-tribal partners could play to better support inclusive, collaborative landscape conservation strategies.

Kat is excited to be back at the Center. In her free time, you can find Kat backpacking, fly fishing, or sitting around a campfire with friends.


  • M.E.M in Ecosystem Science & Conservation, Nicholas School of the Environment – Duke University
  • B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy, Smith College

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