Catherine G. Fontana, MSc

Research Scientist

Catherine G. Fontana is a Research Scientist for University of Arizona's Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining. In this role, she coordinates and participates in several field campaigns per year for the Revegetation Cooperative, analyzes soil samples for microbial biomass and total nitrogen, organizes and manages the Coop's thousands of data points, conducts statistical analyses, and aids in compiling annual research summaries. CESM and the Revegetation Cooperative's work resonates with Catherine because of her interests in [1] oligotrophic bacteria, which thrive in low nutrient conditions, and [2] how strategic management decisions can help 'jumpstart' soil development. 


  • MSc, Environmental Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • BA, Biology and English, Albion College, Michigan