Carol Stepien is the Ocean Environment Research Division Leader at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle, Washington. She also is affiliate Professor of Biological Oceanography at the University of Washington, and affiliate Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Carol holds an honorary Research Associate appointment at the US National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., has published over 110 scientific papers and book chapters, and is a AAAS fellow. Carol’s research interests include genomic and genetic adaptations and patterns of marine and aquatic invertebrates and fishes in relation to biogeography and changing environmental conditions. Focus includes rare and endangered species and invasive species, in relation to habitat loss, temperature change, ocean acidification, and hypoxia. Recent approaches and techniques employed by her Genetics and Genomics Group include environmental DNA, custom targeted metabarcoding of entire communities, high-throughput sequencing, RAD sequencing, digital droplet and qPCR, and their bioinformatic analyses.
Research areas: community biodiversity analysis, genetics and genomics, conservation biology, invasive species, environmental DNA, fisheries, oceanic and aquatic ecosystems