Katy Pfannenstein

Class of 2006


Wanting to be an outdoor and environmental educator, I pursued a degree in environmental studies to further my personal knowledge on the subject matter.  After graduating in 2006, I worked for Outward Bound, teaching people how to backpack, climb, and become stewards of the land.   I also worked for the Academy at SOAR, a high school for students with learning differences (mostly ADHD).  Through the wilderness, I was able to foster personal and academic growth in my students, while teaching science, math, English and history on backpacking and climbing trips.

In 2013, I participated in a number of  mountain science expeditions in Peru.  I loved being able to combine my mountain skills with data collection for important climate change research.  This led me to graduate school at Western Washington University, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Freshwater Ecology.

Currently, I am working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a fisheries technician, in Leavenworth, WA, conducting research and monitoring on hatchery fish.  My job provides a variety of seasonal activities including field work, lab work, and office work. I really enjoy researching the interactions between wild fish and hatchery fish, and the challenge of managing populations of endangered species while producing salmon for the local Native American Tribes.