Katie Boyd. Photo provided by Katie Boyd
Katie Boyd. Photo provided by Katie Boyd

Kathryn (Katie) Boyd is an Education and Outreach Associate at CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) at the University of Colorado, where she works on several projects, including serving as the program manager for CLEAN (the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network). Her background was originally in Atmospheric Science, but after she became interested in science education and outreach, she completed an interdisciplinary graduate degree with a focus on science education research. Her professional interests include science education, outreach, and communication, and how these endeavors can help build bridges between the scientific community and the public. website: https://kathrynboyd.weebly.com/ twitter: @katieboyd03

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Game show host

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Oregon Coast

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Get the world to take action on climate change

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Pretty much anything Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) has done in terms of climate change communication.

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Yoga, bike ride or hike, read, watch movies, watch sports

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

My cat, my husband, and…

15 What beverage gives you life?

Water. But other than that, maybe Tequila and Coke (separately – not mixed together)

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

The Lorax

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

Stage manager in theater

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The desire to make the world a better place

19 What got you excited in science?

Astronomy first got me interested in and excited about science – I wasn’t into science in high school but then got into astronomy, then oceanography, then geology, then atmospheric science. I think what made me excited about all of those topics was the applied nature of the science and being able to see what I was learning about.

20 What excites you about science now?

Getting others interested in science and seeing that same excitement.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Game shows

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I used to be a gymnast

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Enjoy the journey – It’s cliche, but I wish I had been able to do that more when I was in graduate school and right after.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Hang gliding

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Don’t count science out!

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?

Grace & Frankie on Netflix

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

A ring I lost in high school showed up in my bag in college – years later after using that bag multiple times and traveling with it multiple times (so it was emptied out multiple times). It was very strange.

31 What is your favorite animal?

My cat, Eliot

32 What is your favorite book?

Hard to pick a favorite but I love most things by John Irving – especially A Prayer for Owen Meany

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Fried chicken

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

May 3

35 What is your favorite plant?

Carnivorous plants fascinate me – maybe the pitcher plant

36 What is your favorite science fact?

I love the electromagnet spectrum and the cool experiments you can do with light and color. But in terms of a fact, maybe the fact that CO2 warms the atmosphere – it’s so simple and was shown so long ago it’s a good basis for a lot my work in climate education

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

The ocean

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My interdisciplinary background – I am a scientist and also an educator and am very proud and grateful to have training in both fields

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

I’ve never thought of having a favorite word. But I do like hybrids like “biogeochemical”. It just encompasses so much so quickly.

42 What is your proudest moment?

Walking away from a PhD program that was toxic

43 What kind of tree would you be?

I don’t know trees/plants well enough to answer this question but if I could choose I might choose Aspen. They are just so pretty in the fall – the gold really stands out against the lodgepole pine around here.

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Weather and the ability to get outdoors – I live near the mountains and really appreciate that.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Fewer than half of teachers address climate change in the classroom but most people (including) teachers think they should be teaching climate change (9 out of 10): https://www.npr.org/2019/04/22/714262267/most-teachers-dont-teach-climate-change-4-in-5-parents-wish-they-did

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

@SjobergJeremiah AND/OR @GrunerDaniel