Katy Doctor-Shelby is a fisheries and aquatic scientist with 14 years of research experience in fisheries ecology and salmonid life history and hatchery and wild interactions in the Pacific Northwest. She is driven to find creative, effective, and collaborative solutions using field and analytical tools to aid in the conservation of salmonid populations. Prior to joining Four Peaks, Katy spent 10 years as a research fisheries biologist for the Behavioral Ecology and Hatchery Reform team of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. There, she was involved with a myriad of projects mostly focused on populations of steelhead in the Hood Canal region of Washington State. Through this work she gained expertise in steelhead life history, hatchery and wild interactions, field techniques to assess population status, data management and analysis, experimental design, project management, and applying science to aid in recovery efforts of Endangered Species Act-listed species.
Katy earned her Master of Science in Aquatic and Fisheries Science from the University of Washington, where she studied salmon populations in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Ecology and Evolution from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Katy and her family recently moved to Cashmere, Washington, where she loves exploring the mountains and rivers with her two young kids and husband.