For over two decades, Carolyn has worked at the nexus of science and practice with positions at the National Wildlife Federation, the National Park Service, the Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlife Society, the USA National Phenology Network, and the USGS-led Climate Adaptation Science Center Network. She has largely focused on the implications of climate change for biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, with an added focus on the translation of science for decision and policy making. She has led and contributed to numerous peer-reviewed articles and national reports focused on the biodiversity impacts of climate change. Carolyn has co-developed guidance for conducting vulnerability assessments, and climate adaptation planning and implementation for a broad range of adaptation practitioners. She served as a Lead Author on the IPCC Working Group 2 6th Assessment Report and as an author on two previous and the current National Climate Assessment (NCA) report. As part of this work, she has maintained a keen interest in understanding and supporting the human dimensions of climate adaptation. In 2018, she founded the Southwest Adaptation Forum (SWAF) as a gathering space for adaptation leaders, researchers, and practitioners to share knowledge and build collaborations that advance adaptation and resilience in the Southwest and beyond. Carolyn received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ecology from the University of New Mexico.
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