Senior Research Associate, Forests Program
Katie Reytar is a Senior Research Associate in the Forest Program’s Global Restoration Initiative. Her expertise focuses on GIS spatial analysis, modeling, and data applications to inform environmental policy and management decisions. She has worked at WRI since 2008, and currently leads technical research on forest and landscape restoration monitoring and related data applications. She also contributes to the Center for Equitable Development’s Land and Resource Rights initiative as a GIS specialist. Areas of past project work include Water Quality, Coastal Ecosystems (Reefs at Risk Revisited), and Agricultural Sustainability.
Prior to joining WRI, Katie worked as an environmental engineer for the consulting firm ERG and supported various U.S. government clients, including the Environmental Protection Agency. She also interned at the World Wildlife Fund, performing GIS work for the Conservation Science and Humanitarian Partnerships programs.
Katie has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.
Reefs at RiskVisit Project
Raising awareness of threats to coral reefs and providing information and tools to manage coastal habitats more effectively.Part of Climate
Land and Resource RightsVisit Project
WRI’s Land and Resource Rights project aims to ensure that rural people and the urban poor have secure rights over their land and natural resources.Part of Environmental Rights
Global Restoration InitiativeVisit Project
WRI is partnering with governments, businesses, and communities around the world to restore millions of hectares of deforested and degraded land.Part of Forests
Water Quality TargetingVisit Project
Providing guidance on how to better target agricultural conservation in the United States, to cost-effectively achieve measurable improvements in water quality.Part of Water
African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100)Launch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Restoring 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded land in Africa by 2030.Part of Forest and Landscape Restoration
LandMarkLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
LandMark is a global data platform of Indigenous and community lands to help communities protect their land rights and secure tenure.Part of Environmental Rights
The Landscape Monitoring AcceleratorVisit Project
Supporting the use of cutting-edge technology to track restoration and land use planning effortsPart of Forest and Landscape Restoration
Indigenous Peoples and Local CommunitiesVisit Project
Helping communities protect their lands and the many benefits they providePart of Equity
Environmental RightsVisit Project
Protecting people and the planet by strengthening natural resource rights and ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the information, voice and power to shape environmental decision-making.Part of Equity