Kate Lowry, Ph.D.
Science Director

As science director, Kate Lowry works closely with the advising team, the senior science advisors, and the science fellows to provide scientific support for the advising work of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, with the goal of increasing private funding to basic science.

Kate is trained as a biological oceanographer and earth system scientist. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2018 as a fellow, Kate was a Weston Howland Jr. postdoctoral scholar in the physical oceanography and biology departments at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Kate conducted her doctoral work at Stanford University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow. Her research focused on under-ice phytoplankton blooms and physical and biogeochemical drivers of phytoplankton bloom dynamics in polar marine ecosystems, using a variety of field and satellite remote sensing techniques. Kate has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Arctic Ocean, Antarctica, and the Pacific Ocean, spending nearly a year at sea aboard oceanographic research vessels. She has been recognized with a NASA Group Achievement Award, a Scholarly/ Academic Achievement Award in Earth System Science from Stanford University, and service medals from the National Science Foundation and the United States Coast Guard. Kate is an author of more than 25 scientific articles to date, including in the journal Science.

Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. in Environmental Earth System Science, Kate received a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems, also at Stanford University. She serves on the board of trustees for the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and Arts Foundation and is a mentor for the Peninsula College Fund and the Society for Women in Marine Science.