Catherine Dayger Forbes

Program: Natural Resource Policy Fellow (2016)


Catherine Dayger Forbes is serving her Natural Resources Policy Fellowship working as an Ocean Policy Fellow in the Natural Resources Office of Governor Kate Brown.


Catherine completed her B.S. Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For her M.S., also from the University of Illinois, Catherine studied endometriosis, a women’s reproductive disease. She is currently completing her PhD in Biology at Portland State University.

Professional and Research Interests: 

Catherine’s dissertation research is focused on the physiological mechanisms that drive an animal’s ecology. By studying the mechanisms all animals use to integrate environmental information into “decisions” about when and how to reproduce, Catherine aims to answer broadly applicable ecological questions. While Catherine’s research utilizes wild, free-living garter snakes to address these questions proximately, her ultimate perspective compares many model organisms to understand how all animals navigate common challenges. In her fellowship, and her future career, Catherine hopes to unite her background in agribusiness, biomedicine, and ecology with the experience she will gain as a Natural Resource Policy Fellow into a career in natural resources policy on the West coast.