Portrait of Kate Hale
PhD CandidateResearch Assistant

Prounouns: she/hers

Mountain Hydrology Group
Advisor: Noah Molotch


I specialize in modeling and empirically analyzing annual surface water input changes to decreased snowfall fractions and earlier snowmelt in mountainous regions.

I am interested in mountain hydrology and changes in snowpack, timing of snowmelt, and water availability through time, especially in the western United States. I enjoy blending a number of traditional methods (i.e., modeling, large observational data analyses, manual fieldwork, remote-sensing based fieldwork) to look at these trends, both forward and backward in time. I am always interested in broadening my set of snow hydrology tools (i.e., different/more approaches to my research questions) and broadening my collaborative network. I aim to complete my best work while making snow hydrology as inclusive as possible. I am particularly interested in engaging with women and other under-represented groups in STEM fields, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In line with my interests in mentoring to promote women and BIPOC scientists, I am currently the president of CU Boulder Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), a volunteer for the local K-12 Snow School, and a mentor for Geography Department. If you have any interest in learning more about me or the lab group in which I am a part of, please feel free to reach out!


  • PhD: University of Colorado Boulder, Geography, 2022
  • MA: University of Colorado Boulder, Geography: Streamflow sensitivity to warming and a shift from snowfall to rainfall, 2018
  • BS: Georgetown University, Environmental Biology, 2014



  • Hale, K., 2018: Streamflow sensitivity to warming and a shift from snowfall to rainfall. University of Colorado Boulder, MA thesis, 2018.