Kathy Welch (she, her)

Project Manager (MCM-LTER)

  • Senior Professional Research Assistant


  • B.S.: University of New Hampshire, 1985
  • M.S.: University of New Hampshire, 1993

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735 6154
(Lab) 303 735 6336
SEEL 158


McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, geochemistry, analytical chemistry, nutrients

Research Interests

Aside from my work in Antarctica, I am interested in sustainability, human impacts on the environment, urban geochemistry, environmental justice.


I work in Antarctic as part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research project (MCM-LTER) with a research focus on the aquatic geochemistry of the glaciers, streams and lakes. The dry valleys are a fascinating place to work and the waters span the range of composition and salinity of natural waters found on Earth.

I have a life-long love of water, ice and cold places.  I grew up in New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire.  As a graduate student, my master’s thesis research focused on the Newall Glacier in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.  In 1993, I was offered a technician position with the MCM-LTER in its first year and I've travelled to Antarctica with this research team every austral summer since then.

My expertise is in aquatic geochemistry and analytical chemistry.  As part of the MCM-LTER research team, I've developed skills and experience with managing a large-scale interdisciplinary environmental research project. The best part of this job is to work with and train students and to help them to implement their research plan.

I've been known to travel to Antarctica with one handmade sweater and 4 knitting projects in my luggage.  I've spent about 100 months in the polar regions and made 3 trips to Greenland and 27 trips to Antarctica so far. 

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