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Cathy Cullinane Thomas

The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


Cathy Cullinane Thomas is an economist with the Fort Collins Science Center Social and Economic Analysis Branch. Cathy specializes in regional economic impact modeling, data collection, survey analysis, and data visualization, and she uses these skills to support Department of Interior agencies with questions about the economic impacts and contributions of programs, projects, and management alternatives. Since joining the USGS in 2010, Cathy has built models to estimate the jobs and business activity associated with National Park visitation, Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Refuge management, and ecological restoration projects. Cathy also has expertise in decision analysis processes and simulation modeling and has used these tools to help researchers develop decision-relevant science and to develop invasive species spread models and scenario analyses. M.S. Colorado State University, Natural Resource Economics, 2010B.S. Colorado State University, Mathematics, 2003  

Research Interest



  • National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

  • Economics and Ecosystem Services

  • Support for the Annual Department of Interior Economics Report

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