Carol Blanchette

University of California Santa Barbara

Carol Blanchette is an Associate Research Biologist at the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara. Her main areas of research are marine and community ecology, and has largely focused on nearshore marine ecosystems - rocky intertidal, kelp forests, and seagrass. She also has interests in biomechanics, thermal stress, ecological networks, climate change, ocean acidification, sustainable resource management, marine protected areas, and science education. She is involved in a number of collaborations, including a PI for PISCO and OMEGAs (Ocean Margin Ecosystems Group for Acidification Studies) aimed at understanding the effects of ocean acidification on nearshore organisms of the California Current, as well as a co-director of Education for the SBC-LTER (Santa Barbara Channel Long-term Ecological Research) group and the Biodiversity strand leader of the UCSB Math Science Partnership project. She leads the baseline data collection effort for the rocky intertidal ecosystems of the southern and central California Marine Protected Areas and serves on the MSI committee for OCTOS (Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science). Dr. Blanchette earned her Ph.D. from Oregon State University.