Carol is a marine ecologist specializing in marine birds and mammals. Her undergraduate degree is in education and she holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California. For more than 20 years she has been involved in at-sea research and has a strong interest in the ecology of the California Current System. She is a founding board member and researcher with Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge. Her current research involves the Black-footed albatross and conservation actions that address impacts of plastic marine debris. For the past six years she has served on the Sanctuary Advisory Council for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary in California.