Carina is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in human ecology. Her research focusses on knowledge co-production in climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation. Carina’s research examines the connections between science, policy and practice, and the capacities that enable effective and ethical decision-making in conservation governance. In her postdoctoral research, Carina worked closely with US federal agencies in southern Colorado to develop approaches that integrate climate adaptation into land management decision-making in the face of uncertainty. Her doctoral research examined the relationship between science and governance in large landscape connectivity conservation in Australia and North America.
Carina serves on the board of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Oceania Chapter and is co-chair of SCB’s Global Social Media Committee. She is an active member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Area’s Oceania section Young Professionals Network and Mountains and Connectivity theme.
Her research interests include knowledge co-production; the interactions between science, policy and practice; environmental governance; climate adaptation; and the theory and practice of transdiciplinary, interdisciplinary and integrative research.
Carina has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from Australian National University, Canberra.