spatial@ucsb Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2021–2023; Research Associate, 2009–2017
Kitty Currier re-joined the Center for Spatial Studies in 2021 as a postdoc. In this role, she helped organize and moderate various online events, collaborated to curate and refresh the Spatial website, and contributed to the KnowWhereGraph project. Prior to this, she worked for marine environmental non-profit organizations in Indonesia after completing her Ph.D. at UCSB in 2017. Her dissertation focused on participatory mapping for environmental planning, in particular exploring the opportunities, challenges, and surprises that arise when digital tools are used in a place where laptop and desktop computers are uncommon.
While a student research associate and outreach coordinator at Center for Spatial Studies, Kitty helped organize ThinkSpatial talks, Lightning Talks, and Tech Lunches. Prior to graduate school, she spent four years aboard research vessels in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia conducting ecological monitoring of coral reefs. She holds an M.A. from the Department of Geography at UCSB and a B.S. in Biological Science with a minor in Archaeology from Stanford University.