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Kate Porterfield, MS


Lead Scientist - Organics & Agriculture


Kate has 7 years of experience conducting interdisciplinary research in agriculture and organics management. She has been the lead scientist on projects including evaluation of wastewater technologies to recover phosphorus from dairy manure, development of novel plant food products using anaerobic digestate, pioneering microplastics measurement in organic residuals in the United States, and evaluating tradeoffs for emerging food waste recycling strategies. Kate has worked with a broad range of stakeholders at the nexus of water, food, and energy, employing her skills in engineering, agronomy, biogeochemistry, and ecology. 


Kate is a Doctoral Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont, where she also earned her Master of Science degree in Natural Resources. Kate received an Undergraduate degree in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College.

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