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Kate Skaggs
CoastSmart Communities Planner

Department of Natural Resources

580 Taylor Avenue
E-2 DNR Tawes Building
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: (410) 260-8743
Cell: (540) 797-0766
Email: kskaggs@dnr.state.md.us

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580 Taylor Avenue E-2 DNR Tawes Building
Annapolis MD 21401 USA


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NameKate Skaggs


June 2010
M.S. in Environmental Studies, College of Charleston
Thesis: "Implications of Emerging Neoliberal Politics on Conservation Governance in the South Carolina Lowcountry"

Certificate of Urban & Regional Planning, College of Charleston

May 2006
B.S. in Environmental Science (Minor in Political Science), Lynchburg College


Fall 2012-Present
CoastSmart Communities Planner
University of Maryland, Center for Environment Science, Annapolis, MD
Partnering with MD Department of Natural Resources to coordinate the CoastSmart Initiative
Helping local communities implement strategies to plan for coastal hazards and climate change
Identifying overlapping and existing planning processes that may work in tandem with CoastSmart

Summer 2010-Summer 2012
NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
Washington State Department of Ecology, Olympia, WA
Worked with various stakeholders to develop a sea level rise adaptation planning guidebook for local governments in Washington State
Determined information gap areas in sea level rise information accessible for local governments
Fostered collaboration and communication among a variety of regional entities

Spring 2007-Summer 2010
Graduate Assistant
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Assisted in coordination of College of Charleston’s chapter of the Teaching Fellows program
Aided School of Education professors with data entry, office work, and grading papers and program assistance

Fall 2004-Fall 2006
Research Assistant
Lynchburg College, Timber Lake, Lynchburg, VA
Collected and identified fish and macroinvertebrates
Used SCUFA and HydroLab


Preparing for Rising Tides: Providing Sea Level Rise Tools and Guidance to Local Governments in Washington State Presentation at The Coastal Society Conference, Miami, FL (June 2012)

Planning for rising sea-level in Washington: Providing tools and guidance for local governments (July 2011) Poster Presentation for The Coastal Zone Conference

Rise of the “Nature Class” in the SC Lowcountry Presentation at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (April 2010)

Student Research Grant (March 2009), from the Qualitative Research Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers for Implication of Emerging Neoliberal Politics on Conservation Governance in the South Carolina Lowcountry

Devil in the Details: Moral Discourses Emerging from Neoliberal Conservation Efforts in the Lowcountry Presentation at Association of American Geographers conference, Las Vegas, NV (March 2009)


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CBS Baltimore (Tue 23 Feb, 2016)
Sea Levels Rising Even Faster Now

Southern Maryland News (Fri 24 Apr, 2015)
LWV forum paints picture of future for flood-prone communities