About Katarina

Katarina is a Research Associate and the Undergraduate Research Coordinator for Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. She joined CFRI as a student intern in 2016, and became a staff member in 2017. Currently, she is involved in field season planning and logistics, spatial analysis, data management and integrity, supervising and mentoring student interns, and contributing to diversity and inclusion initiatives within the Warner College of Natural Resources. She has worked on a variety of ecological monitoring projects within CFRI, including Upper South Platte Partnership monitoring as well as post-treatment monitoring alongside the Nature Conservancy within the Peaks to People Water Fund. Her interests include fire ecology, understory vegetation behavior and regeneration, and diversity and inclusion in natural resources. She is interested in pursuing her M.S. in Forest Ecology in the future.



  • Ecological field monitoring
  • Forest heterogeneity and tree canopy changes over time
  • Student mentoring and training
  • Diversity and inclusion in natural resources
  • Prescribed fire and fire ecology
  • Field plant identification


B.S., Natural Resources Management - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2017


Changes in forest structure in Ponderosa pine- dominated ecosystems following restoration treatments

Associate for Fire Ecology's 8th Annual Fire Congress, Tucson, AZ, Tuesday, November 19


  • S-130/S-190 Basic Firefighter by The Nature Conservancy Colorado Chapter/NWCG, 2019
  • Wilderness First Aid by University of Colorado Anschutz Department of Emergency Medicine, 2019


  • Discrimination & Equity Field Training Committee