Prior to joining the IRI, Catherine Vaughan worked with the Global Roundtable on Climate Change, the Permanent Mission of Dominica to the United Nations, the Austin Chronicle, and the New York State Department of Health. From 2003 to 2005, she also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Zambia.
Vaughan’s experience in Latin America began on a goat farm in Costa Rica. Since then, she has worked and/or studied in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Vaughan holds an MA in international relations from Yale University and an MA in climate and society from Columbia University. She holds a BA in history and biology, summa cum laude, from Swarthmore College.
Role at the IRI
Vaughan is a staff associate and program coordinator in the IRI’s Regional Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, she facilitates international collaborations, supports the development of grant proposals, and helps to manage a variety of projects. Vaughan is also directly involved in research activities designed to assess the impact of climate change on high-altitude ecosystems in the Andes. An active member of the IRI’s Climate and Society Secretariat, she also works on a number of outreach-related projects, including the development of climate risk management case studies. She is a regular contributor to the Earth Institute’s ClimateMatters@Columbia blog.