Kathleen J. Vigness-Raposa

President, North Kingstown Land Conservancy


Lives in North Kingstown


Kathleen earned a B.S. in Education from Miami University, an M.S. in Biological Oceanography from URI and a Ph.D in Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. She has served the North Kingstown community as a member of the Land Conservancy since 2006. She took on the role of Outreach Coordinator, using her scientific connections to set up a number of well received talks and walks. She organized the annual International Coastweeks coastal cleanup and Earth Day cleanup for many years. Since 2007 she has been President of the NKLC and has led efforts to refocus the organization, encouraging collaboration with neighboring communities. She has written the fundraising appeals, led them in GIS mapping and activated the board of volunteers to work closely with town staff in upgrading policies and actions in compliance with national standards. She coordinated the grant funded restoration project to treat the invasive but pretty Purple Loosestrife in the waters of the Annaquatucket River, both above and below the Feather Bed dam. That project involved URI, the USDA National Resources Conservation Service, NKHS students and the town. This extensive community service has been combined with completion of Doctoral studies for which she received a highly competitive international Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She is a Senior Research Scientist for Marine Acoustics, Inc. since 1997.

Kathy serves on the Board of Rhode Island Natural History Survey since 2008. For two years she has been a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club Family Outings Committee. She has been an Outreach Scientist for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island for 10 years.

She is married to Dr. Kenneth Raposa and they have a 3-year-old daughter.


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