Catherine Workman, PH.D.

Dr. Catherine Workman develops and oversees the implementation and execution of the science components of the National Geographic Society’s strategy and leads the science team.

Trained as an evolutionary anthropologist, Catherine has extensive experience in the policy, strategy, management, metrics, and communication of biodiversity conservation, international grant-making, and combating wildlife trafficking. She collaborates with colleagues and partners to engage a range of audiences and stakeholders including nonscientific, underrepresented, and youth groups. Prior to joining National Geographic, Catherine worked in the Conservation Biology department at Denver Zoo, and was a 2014–2015 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at USAID, where she helped address issues from unsustainable fishing to illegal logging. Catherine has a Ph.D. in evolutionary anthropology from Duke University.