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Katie Brownson works as a Watershed Specialist for the US Forest Service at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office. In this capacity, she helps coordinate the Forestry Workgroup and works with partners to advance forest restoration and conservation across the watershed. She completed her PhD in Integrative Conservation and Ecology at the University of Georgia in 2019. Her dissertation research focused on the social and environmental impacts of Payments for Ecosystem Services programs, using programs in Costa Rica as case studies. Before UGA, she worked for five years at Fungi Perfecti in Washington state, where she did research and development on ways to use fungi for removing contaminants from water and soil.