Catherine Winnop

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With foundations in environmental sciences and ecology, Catherine possesses a passion for understanding the interactions communities have with their environment. An insightful go-getter, she is committed to helping create an environment where a community is able to recreate responsibly. As an analyst and planner, she loves complex projects and finds fulfillment working collaboratively with individuals.


Catherine’s extensive field work experience and academic background provide a strong base, preparing her for the broad scope of the SE Group’s work. From monitoring water quality for the state of Wyoming to studying alpine ecosystems and climate change in Chamonix, France, Catherine has gained a strong foundation in collaborative decision making, wilderness designation processes, natural resource monitoring, climate change processes, alpine ecosystems, conservation measures, and NEPA processes.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Science and Environment and Natural Resources with a minor in Honors from the University of Wyoming. She currently is preparing to publish her undergraduate thesis titled Wilderness and Collaboration: An Analysis of Collaborative Processes Initiating Wilderness Designation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Analysis
  • The Wilderness Act
  • Collaborative Decision Making

Outside of the Office

No matter where she is in the Western U.S. Catherine can be found taking advantage of the vast recreational opportunities. During the summer months she is either grinding down single track on her mountain bike or jumping into a nearby swimming hole. Catherine’s winter sport of choice is figure skating, spending most of her weekends and afternoons coaching and practicing her moves at her local ice rink. 

One of her favorite hobbies, however, is doing woodworking projects with her Dad. She also loves a long days’ worth of yard work and being in the mountains with her dogs.