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Carolyn Currin

Carolyn Currin
Research Ecologist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service


Dr. Carolyn Currin is a Research Ecologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service. She leads a Coastal and Estuarine Ecology team investigating ecosystem structure, function and response to environmental change. Recent work has investigated the response of salt marshes to sea level rise, the effect of shoreline stabilization on estuarine intertidal habitats, and the ecology of fringing salt marshes.

Dr. Currin’s food web research has emphasized use of stable isotopes to determine trophic relationships in natural and restored estuarine systems, and to delineate the role of benthic primary producers in supporting fishery production in coastal and reef ecosystems, including Marine Protected Areas. Dr. Currin has a PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and has been employed at the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory since 1988.