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Kathy Bunting-Howarth

Kathy Bunting-Howarth is Associate Director of New York Sea Grant and Assistant Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Her expertise is in engagement, socioecological systems and using social science to inform extension programming.


She serves on multiple boards and committees including the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS), Executive Council of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, New York Water Resource Institute, Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council, Cornell Biological Field Station and the Chesapeake Bay Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee.


She enjoys working with diverse groups of people to address wicked problems, from changing lake ecosystems to estuarine eutrophication to equitable climate adaptation. The former Director of Water Resources for the state of Delaware, Bunting-Howarth served in leadership roles for two National Estuary Programs as well as the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Delaware River Basin Program.


Bunting-Howarth holds a Ph.D. in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware and a JD with a certificate in Environment and Natural Resource Law from the University of Oregon.

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