Katelyn DiBenedetto is the Program Manager for MarineGEO at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. In this role, she helps manage the collaborative, global research program, including leading communication strategies, creating and implementing events and programming, streamlining processes and ensuring their alignment with SI policies and practices, and helping with budget and stakeholder management. Katelyn is an anthropologist who has conducted research on human-environment interactions during one of the most transformational periods in human history as well as on the value of higher education. She obtained her B.A. in Anthropology from the University at Albany and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her two cats, reading and listening to podcasts, exploring outside, and spending time with family and friends.