Katie Crosley hails from Noblesville, Indiana, where childhood camping and hiking trips planted the early seeds of her love for the outdoors. But it was her first voyage to the Peruvian Amazon at the age of 11 that made her an advocate for travel and its transformative power. It was on this first trip that she met Julie Dubin, who was her Expedition Leader, creating a connection that would one day lead Katie to Global Explorers.
She continued to journey to Peru throughout middle school and high school, deepening her commitment to cultural exchange, conservation, and travel. These early experiences directed her to pursue a B.S. in Wildlife Management at Purdue University, where she was able to explore the complex dynamics of human-environment interactions and spent a summer in Honduras researching biodiversity in rural and forested landscapes. While at Purdue, she also served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and as an intern with Global Explorers, helping with curriculum design.
After graduating from Purdue, Katie took a job as a Conservation Associate with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, researching and advocating for local environmental issues in policy and government relations. From here, Katie started her first season as an Expedition Leader with Global Explorers, leading groups on the Amazon Adventure and Machu Picchu trips. That same year she also began graduate school at the University of Miami where she just recently received her PhD in Environmental Science and Policy. Katie's research used urban ecology and anthropology to investigate the role of informal, community-based environmental education in the lives of urban youth. She plans to continue this research in the future. When not exploring the diverse people and ecosystems of Central and South America or traversing the jungles of academia, Katie enjoys spending time with a good book, running, biking, playing piano, and honing her photography skills.