Catherine Schmitt is the author of A Coastal Companion: A Year in the Gulf of Maine from Cape Cod to Canada, published by Tilbury House in 2008; The President’s Salmon: Restoring the King of Fish and its Home Waters, from Down East in 2015; and Historic Acadia National Park, Lyons Press 2016. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals including Island Journal; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Friends of Acadia Journal; Terrain; and 1966 (see the Archives for published articles). While these outlets and their respective audiences are diverse, the content is always related to science/nature/environment/place.
Schmitt has undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental science, and has worked in lakes, streams, wetlands, and beaches throughout the Northeast. She earned a Stonecoast MFA in creative nonfiction in 2012. As communications director for Maine Sea Grant, Schmitt conveys research findings and information about ocean and coastal issues to various audiences. A Coastal Companion is part of this effort, as is her role as managing editor for The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine. She teaches at the University of Maine in the Department of English, including a science writing course.
Catherine Schmitt is on the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Board of Directors, the Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum Board of Directors, and the Board of the Somes Pond Center. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.