Katalyn Voss

Katalyn Voss
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Graduate Associate

Katalyn Voss is a Ph.D. candidate in the Geography Department.  Through her research and professional activities, Kate seeks to integrate robust hydrologic data with the perspectives and priorities of multiple stakeholders – from local communities to government agencies and the private sector – to inform effective water resource management.  Her dissertation research identifies the time-variable source waters of the Arun watershed, a Himalayan catchment in eastern Nepal, by integrating geochemical and remote-sensing methodologies.  With her results, Kate will fill a gap in knowledge that can better inform local irrigation projects for improved food security, hydropower development, as well as broad regional watershed management among Nepal, India, and China.

Kate received her BS in Science, Technology, and International Affairs in from Georgetown University in 2007.  Her previous work experience includes the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, World Resources Institute, and The Mountain Institute (at field offices in Nepal and Peru).  She is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a Switzer Fellow.


Kargel, J.S., G. J. Leonard, D. H. Shugar, U. K. Haritashya, A. Bevington, E. J. Fielding, K. Fujita, M. Geertsema, E. S. Miles, J. Steiner, E. Anderson, S. Bajracharya, G. W. Bawden, D. F. Breashears, A. Byers, B. Collins, M. R. Dhital, A. Donnellan, T. L. Evans, M. L. Geai, M. T. Glasscoe, D. Green, D. R. Gurung, R. Heijenk, A. Hilborn, K. Hudnut, C. Huyck, W. W. Immerzeel, Jiang Liming, R. Jibson, A. Kääb, N. R. Khanal, D. Kirschbaum, P. D. A. Kraaijenbrink, D. Lamsal, Liu Shiyin, Lv Mingyang, D. McKinney, N. K. Nahirnick, Nan Zhuotong, S. Ojha, J. Olsenholler, T. H. Painter, M. Pleasants, Pratima KC, QI Yuan, B. H. Raup, D. Regmi, D. R. Rounce, A. Sakai, Shangguan Donghui, J. M. Shea, A. B. Shrestha, A. Shukla, D. Stumm, M. van der Kooij, K. Voss, Wang Xin, B. Weihs, D. Wolfe, Wu Lizong, Yao Xiaojun, M. R. Yoder, and N. Young (2015), Geomorphic and geologic controls of geohazards induced by Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Science, aac8353, Published online 16 December 2015 doi:10.1126/science.aac8353

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

Recipient, P.E.O. Scholar Award. 2017. $15,000.

Recipient, American Geophysical Union Horton Hydrology Research Grant. 2016. $10,000.    

Fellow, Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellow. 2016. $15,000.

Recipient, UC Santa Barbara Department of Geography Leal Ann Mertes Scholarship. 2016.

Fellow, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  Voss, Katalyn (Faculty advisor: David Lopez-Carr). “Successful Community-Based Water Adaptation: Finding Solutions through Coupled Human-Environment Research in Nepal”.  $96,000 over 36 months.

Intensive Nepali, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship administered through Cornell University South Asia Program for U.S. Department of Education.

Broom Graduate Associate


Richey, A. S., Thomas, B. F., Lo, M.-H., Reager, J. T., Famiglietti, J. S., Voss, K., Swenson, S. and Rodell, M. (2015). 
"Quantifying renewable groundwater stress with GRACE."
Water Resour. Res.. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/2015WR017349.
Voss, K. A., J. S. Famiglietti, M. Lo, C. de Linage, M. Rodell, and S. C. Swenson.
"Groundwater depletion in the Middle East from GRACE with implications for transboundary water management in the Tigris-Euphrates-Western Iran region."
Water Resour. Res., 49. 2013.