June 11, 2017 | Alaska: Exploring Muir's Wilderness
Hailing from landlocked Phoenix, Arizona, Carolyn became fascinated with the marine world as a youngster, spending much of her childhood fishing, camping, and boating in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, she moved to British Columbia to earn her PhD in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Victoria. A desert dweller by birth, the Pacific Northwest felt like her natural habitat. She is currently an Associate Professor in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Fueled by a passion to learn and teach about wild animals in wild places, Carolyn has studied the evolution of asymmetry in flatfishes, color change in sculpins, rocky intertidal communities, the lives of fishes in estuaries, and the impacts of melting glaciers on marine animals. Her recent PADI diving certification has sparked her interest in coral reefs and concern for their future. Whether in the classroom, in or on the water, or on intertidal walks with locals in her town, she finds the greatest joy sharing the marine world with others.