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Katie Braun

Environmental Science Major
Earth and Planetary Science Major

I was drawn to the Environmental Science Program because of its interdisciplinary nature - I came to Northwestern interested in a wide variety of sciences and how they can be applied to studying environmental problems. The ES program definitely delivered! I took classes on genetic diversity, environmental law, sociology, and I spent a semester studying ecology and conservation in Ecuador. The ES program exposed me to a wide variety of scientific disciplines and opportunities for both field work and internships in environmental consulting. With the help of excellent advising in the ES program, I spent my senior year writing a thesis with research advisors from both Northwestern and the University of Illinois. After graduation, I worked as a research technician in the Great Lakes Coastal Geology group at the Illinois State Geological Survey where I used drones to monitor coastal erosion on Lake Michigan. I am now an MS/PhD student in Physical Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I fly drones in the Arctic to study changing permafrost landscapes. 


  • Remote Sensing
  • Geomorphology
  • Ecology


  • Students for Ecological and Environmental Development (SEED)
  • NU Real Food