NSF Graduate Research Fellow; DS421 Doctoral Fellow

Carrie hails from Honolulu Hawaii.  She received her BA in Biology, with a concentration in Environmental Studies, from Williams College in 2013 where she completed a Biology Senior Honors Theis on population genetic structure of a sub-population of Sagina nodosa, with particular interest in how climate change may impact this cold-adapted plant species.  She presented this research at the Evolution meetings in 2013 as part of a NESCent travel award.  From 2013-2014 Carrie traveled to Cusco, Peru on a Fulbright Student Research Grant where she conducted ecological and ethnobotanical research on population range and distribution of high-altitude wild medicinal plants.  She then received an internship with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama where she has lived since Oct 2014, working on annual variation in tree growth and mortality on the forest dynamics plots on Barro Colorado Island (BCI).

In addition to her passion for using evolutionary biology to understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, Carrie is committed to advocating for policies that advance women and underrepresented communities in science.  She writes “My formal and informal education has converted my childish singular passion for the pursuit of truth through the “unbiased” scientific method into a recognition of the many biases, inequities, and prejudices that continue impacting the ability of underrepresented groups to achieve, particularly in STEM fields. A PhD in integrative biology will allow me to pursue excellence in research while situated within academia, poised to continue pushing for systematic changes that challenge the status quo, advance historically disadvantaged groups, and ultimately make science more similar to my childhood fantasy.”