Carolyn is a Senior Research Associate on ocean data within WRI’s Sustainable Ocean Initiative. She seeks to improve how we turn data into action towards a sustainable and equitable ocean economy through leadership of ocean data and technology projects. She engages with data users from around the world to pursue research that supports human-centered ocean management and planning.

Prior to this role, Carolyn supported WRI’s Research, Data, and Innovation team in managing the institute’s commitment to open data and the development of a collaborative open geospatial data platform. As an ecologist, she has contributed to domestic and international research projects from limpet evolutionary biology in Panama to aquatic acidification mitigation in the Adirondacks. Most recently, she investigated sea level rise and storm surge impact on the salt marsh-forest ecotone in Connecticut.

Carolyn holds a BA in Environmental Biology from Colgate University and an MESc from Yale University. She currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and their two dogs.