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Katie Boyd

Katie Boyd

Kathryn (Katie) Boyd is an Education and Outreach Associate at CIRES. She works on several projects for CIRES, including serving as the program manager for the CLEAN network and collection of educational resources. She also conducts the evaluation efforts on multiple large education projects. She earned her BS from the University of Washington and her MS from Colorado State University (CSU), both in Atmospheric Science. During these programs, she became interested in science education and outreach and worked with many groups helping the general public learn about weather & climate. She then returned to school and completed an interdisciplinary program with a focus on science education research, receiving a second MS in Ecology and Education from CSU. Her professional interests include science education, outreach, and communication, specifically helping to build bridges between the scientific community and the public.

Professional Preparation

  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO: Ecology & Education; M.S. 2016
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO: Atmospheric Science; M.S. 2011
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA: Atmospheric Science (Applied Math Minor); B.S. 2007


  • Research & Evaluation Coordinator, 2017-2018, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
  • Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, 2013-2016, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • CoCoRaHS Education & Outreach Assistant, 2012-2013, Colorado Climate Center, Fort Collins, CO
  • Climate 101 Course Education Consultant, 2012-2013, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO
  • Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, 2008-2012, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Synergistic Activities

  • Program Manager Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) – Manage a large collection of resources for teaching about climate and energy as well as a support network for climate and energy educators. Support climate literacy efforts nationally.
  • Evaluation at the Exploratorium – Involved with many evaluation efforts for exhibits and museum experience including testing survey methods, data collection, data analysis, and writing evaluation reports. Coordinated research and evaluation efforts for large NSF and IMLS funded projects.
  • Evaluation at the Colorado State University STEM Center – Involved with evaluation of large NSF-funded education and outreach projects including instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and evaluation reports.
  • CoCoRaHS School Initiative – Coordinated efforts to introduce rain gauges into schools and recruit teachers for the ‘CoCoRaHS for Schools’ program. Managed communication with teachers, developed marketing tools, and trained students and teachers to measure precipitation. Presented about water topics in schools and at water festivals across Colorado.
  • Climate Course Consultant – Provided consultation in the development and implementation of an online climate course for formal and informal educators. Developed and presented a webinar about the hydrologic cycle and other topics related to climate.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Boyd, K.J., Balgopal, M.M., & Birner, T. (In review). Exploring the sky: Investigating discourse dynamics in an atmospheric science educational outreach program. International Journal of Science Education Part B: Communication and Public Engagement.

Sample McMeeking, L.B., Trott, C.D., Bowker, C.L., & Boyd, K.J. (In review). Long-term academic and career impacts of undergraduate science research. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Sample McMeeking, L.B., Weinberg, A.E., Boyd, K.J., & Balgopal, M.M. (2016). Student Perceptions of Interest, Learning, and Engagement from an Informal Traveling Science Museum. School Science and Mathematics, 116(5), 253-264.

Boyd, K., Balgopal, M., & Birner, T. (April, 2016). Exploring the sky: Investigating discourse dynamics in an atmospheric science educational outreach program. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Sample McMeeking, L.B., Weinberg, A.E., & Boyd, K.J. (April, 2015). Participatory action research experiences for undergraduates. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.

Boyd, K.J., & Kummerow, C.D. (2012). Regional aerosol effects on precipitation: An observational study. M.S. thesis, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 95 pp.

Technical Reports

Boyd, K., Gutwill, J., & Soleto, R. (2017). Visitor experience study 2016-2017 report: Exploratorium (Unpublished technical report). Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.​

Boyd, K. (2016). Outreach as a unifying concept in science education and science communication (White paper literature review). Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education,

Boyd, K., Bowker, C., & Sample McMeeking, L. (2015). CMMAP Education & Diversity: Annual Report for FY2014 (Unpublished technical report). Colorado State University STEM Center, Fort Collins, CO.