Katy Laveck Foster

KATY HAS SPENT MUCH OF HER LIFE WITH ONE FOOT IN THE OCEAN AND ONE FOOT IN THE MOUNTAINS. HAVING BEEN INVOLVED AT A YOUNG AGE IN MARINE MAMMAL AND SEA TURTLE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION EFFORTS IN FLORIDA, KATY’S LOVE OF THE OCEAN STARTED VERY EARLY IN LIFE. SHE BEGAN SCUBA DIVING WITH HER FATHER AT AGE 12 AND DEVELOPED A LOVE FOR FREE DIVING, AS SHE GOT OLDER. HER LOVE OF BEING UNDERWATER HAS CONTINUED THROUGHOUT LIFE AND SHE IS CURRENTLY A CERTIFIED PADI DIVE MASTER.

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AFTER ATTENDING COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL, KATY TRADED HER FLIP-FLOPS FOR CLIMBING BOOTS AND FOCUSED HER CAMERA AND HER ENERGY IN THE MOUNTAINS. SHE WORKED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AS A MOUNTAINEERING/CLIMBING GUIDE, EVENTUALLY MOVING INTO SKI GUIDING AND TEACHING AVALANCHE COURSES. SHE CO-FOUNDED A SUCCESSFUL GUIDE SERVICE AND AVALANCHE SCHOOL, AND HER WORK AS A MOUNTAIN GUIDE TOOK HER TO MOUNTAIN RANGES, GLACIERS, AND VOLCANOES ALL OVER THE WORLD, CONTINUALLY FUELING HER WONDER LUST. SHE HAS TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY AND LIVED IN MULTIPLE COUNTRIES. KATY HAS WORKED PROFESSIONALLY COLLECTING SNOW AND WEATHER DATA FOR THE NORTHWEST AVALANCHE CENTER, SHE WAS INVOLVED IN SNOW MORPHOLOGY RESEARCH IN MONTANA, AND SHE HOLDS AN AIARE LEVEL 3 AVALANCHE CERTIFICATION AND IS TRAINED IN WILDERNESS MEDICINE.

DESPITE HER FASCINATION WITH WATER IN ITS FROZEN FORM, KATY HAS CONTINUED TO GRAVITATE TOWARD THE OCEAN. WHILE WORKING SEASONALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS, KATY HAS HELD JOBS CREWING ON WHALE WATCHING BOATS, GUIDING SEA KAYAKING TRIPS, AND EVENTUALLY SHE BEGAN WORKING IN THE FIELD OF MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH. HER WORK WITH MARINE MAMMALS HAS TAKEN HER TO MULTIPLE COUNTRIES AND SHE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH A VARIETY OF SPECIES. SHE HAS BECOME PROGRESSIVELY MORE INVOLVED IN MARINE MAMMAL RESCUE AND REHABILITATION WORK, WORKING HANDS ON WITH SPECIES RANGING FROM DUGONGS IN INDONESIA TO KILLER WHALES IN NEW ZEALAND. KATY HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH TERRESTRIAL WILDLIFE RESEARCH AS WELL, INCLUDING PROJECTS FOCUSED ON ALPINE FROG SPECIES IN NORTH AMERICA, AND BEARS OF THE CLOUD FOREST IN SOUTH AMERICA. KATY HAS A DEGREE IN MARINE BIOLOGY.