Delaware Public Media

Katie Peikes

Science Reporter/Fill-In Host

Katie Peikes came to Delaware from Logan, Utah, where she worked as a municipal government reporter for a newspaper while simultaneously serving as a correspondent for Utah Public Radio covering science, technology, transportation and features.

Originally from Connecticut, she has contributed as an intern to other member stations including WNPR in Hartford and WDIY in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She even had a brief stint writing technology news for a magazine in Ireland.

When she's not in the office, Katie enjoys hiking, running, skiing or kayaking at one of Delaware's state parks.

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Faced with rising seas and constant beach erosion, Delaware's beaches may need more than just replenishment in the future.



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Technology continues to change the medical landscape in a multitude of ways. Among the latest examples is how certain surgeries are handled.

In traditional surgery, doctors cut a patient open with a scalpel and work with several tools over a few hours until they’ve completed their task and patched the area up.

But at some Delaware hospitals, surgeons have another option: Perform the operation with a robot.

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Four years after Hurricane Sandy hit the Delaware Bayshore in 2012, federal officials completed a $38 million project restoring Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Scientists expected the restored Fowler Beach area of the refuge to attract spawning horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds that feed off their eggs.

What they didn’t expect to see – state endangered, regionally threatened piping plovers making the area their home.

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A bill banning lead paint on outdoor structures passed the state Senate with unanimous support Wednesday and is headed to the governor’s desk.

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A wildlife conservation group worked last spring to eliminate a "kill zone" for horseshoe crabs at a Delaware Bay beach. As spawning season winds down, the group says its effort was highly successful.

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Twenty dolphins have washed ashore on Delaware beaches so far this year, raising a red flag for an environmental group.

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University of Delaware’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration will hold a workshop in Rehoboth Beach Wednesday, hoping to improve the public’s understanding of offshore wind power and its stake in Delaware.

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The Town of Bethany Beach has started its first summer with an ordinance in place banning shading devices like canopies, tents and large umbrellas on the beach.

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State agricultural officials are hoping to get local farmers some federal relief after spring’s heavy rains destroyed some crops and stymied others from reaching an optimal yield.

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Long considered the most beneficial way to dispose of dead chickens, composting has become a management tool of the past for some Delmarva poultry farmers.

Some local growers have shifted to a more environmental practice – freezer technology.