Katrina Murbock, M.S.

Research Coordinator

Katrina Murbock serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Research Coordinator in Recovery Ecology. In this role, her responsibilities include coordinating monitoring of the beach nesting habitat of the endangered California least tern and the threatened western snowy plover at Naval Base Coronado, and finding and marking nests hidden in the sand, which is crucial in order to protect the nests from human impacts.

One of Katrina’s main research interests is determining better ways to obtain fledge rates, which is an important factor in estimating breeding success and population size of these rare species. She is also very interested in finding out more about how climate change is affecting the timing of breeding, foraging behavior, and winter dispersal.

Katrina earned her bachelor’s degree in General Biology from Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany. She earned her master’s degree in Behavioral Ecology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, where she worked on nest site selection behavior and home range distribution in blue tits. Katrina has been fortunate enough to study the life history of various birds in remote locations, such as the white-winged swallow in the Amazon and the semipalmated sandpiper in the arctic tundra. Katrina joined the tern and plover project in 2013. Contributing to the protection of these endangered species and their habitats while also doing public outreach is Katrina’s passion.